October 15, 2013
The Tea Party Gets Its Information from Enablers of Bushism

A faction of movement conservatives regards the Bush-era Republican Party as a reckless embarassment due to its profligate spending, bungled wars and embrace of K Street. Many of these people identify as supporters of the Tea Party and see themselves as reformist alternatives to an unprincipled GOP establishment. 
Another faction believes that the Tea Party can’t be trusted to govern responsibly. A less ideologically rigid populist movement would’ve sought compromises with President Obama on health care and debt reduction, they argue, rather than refusing to negotiate and losing without any concessions. They see the shutdown and the threat of debt default as confirmation that the Tea Party picks irrational fights that ensure Americans will never entrust it with power. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

The Tea Party Gets Its Information from Enablers of Bushism

A faction of movement conservatives regards the Bush-era Republican Party as a reckless embarassment due to its profligate spending, bungled wars and embrace of K Street. Many of these people identify as supporters of the Tea Party and see themselves as reformist alternatives to an unprincipled GOP establishment. 

Another faction believes that the Tea Party can’t be trusted to govern responsibly. A less ideologically rigid populist movement would’ve sought compromises with President Obama on health care and debt reduction, they argue, rather than refusing to negotiate and losing without any concessions. They see the shutdown and the threat of debt default as confirmation that the Tea Party picks irrational fights that ensure Americans will never entrust it with power.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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  2. pablopantoja said: nailed it
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    Make it stop….wth is bushism this should be on the onion
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    "Yes, Tea Party supporters regard the Republican establishment as having been thoroughly discredited during the Bush...
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    It’s because the president is black. I was living in Alabama when the Tea Party craze was first starting, and trust me:...
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