Earlier this month Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate in January to run the Heritage Foundation, perhaps because the Wingnuts of America Foundation isn't hiring.
This meant that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got to pick someone to replace him, and today she will announce her choice: Rep. Tim Scott, a Tea Partier who joined Congress during the Republican midterm victory in 2010. What is his deal?
Tags: Guns, Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley, Religion, South Carolina, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Tim Scott, Twitter
So, apparently, Herman Cain is still a thing. Despite all valiant efforts to derail the Cain Train on its path to Nomination Station, Cain — like a rusty barnacle on the underbelly of American celebri-politics — managed to stick around and reassert himself as a powerful force in the Tea Party.
We might be done with Herman Cain, but Herman Cain sure ain't done with us…
Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who also ran for president, was the Tea Party Express speaker in 2011…
Also on Thursday Cain spoke at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in South Carolina where he revealed his presidential endorsement. He said he decided to endorse all "we the people."
The opposition's response to the State of the Union address is usually reserved for, you know, actual politcians, not political sideshows. But this is Herman Cain. And as we all know, Herman Cain is no ordinary man.
An ordinary man would take his disgraceful exit from American politics as a gentle hint to stay far away from the spotlight. An ordinary man wouldn't make surreal campaign ads or sing about pizza. And an ordinary man certainly wouldn't endorse "the people" who turned against him and booted him out of a presidential race.
Then again, it's still unclear exactly who "the people" are that Cain endorsed. Based on his known preferences, "the people" he supports are probably just sexy single mothers from Georgia.
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Tags: Herman Cain, Republicans, State of the Union, Tea Party, Tea Party Express
We are all going to die. That's my conclusion from watching last night's Republican debate in Tampa, hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express. What else did we learn?
Lesson #1: Rick Perry may be a corporate tool, but don't you dare suggest he's a cheap corporate tool. If you want a favor from Texas state government, four figures won't cut it. Five figures, on the other hand…
Mr. Perry's rivals pounced with a vicious fervor on his decision (later withdrawn) to require young girls in his state to receive inoculations against the virus that can cause cervical cancer. During the exchange, Mrs. Bachmann reminded the audience that Mr. Perry's former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck, which manufactures the vaccine, and that Mr. Perry got campaign contributions from the drug maker. Mr. Perry said the contribution was for $5,000, adding, "If you're saying I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended."
But a look at campaign finance reports shows Merck (courtesy of Merck PAC) has donated given almost $30,000 to Mr. Perry in the past 10 years.
Lesson #2: Tea Party debate audiences love the sexy, heart-stopping power of sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and the trendy new choice potassium chloride, but they're less enamored of the sexy, cervical cancer-preventing power of Gardasil. Rick Santorum won cheers for his stirring defense of "little girls'" right to get cancer…
It fell to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a favorite of many social conservatives, to point out the difference between Gardasil and other vaccinations. "Ladies and gentlemen, why do we inoculate people with vaccines in public schools? Because we're afraid of those diseases being communicable between people at school. And therefore to protect the rest of the people at school, we have vaccinations to protect those children. Unless Texas has a very progressive way of communicating diseases in their schools…then there is no government purpose served for having little girls inoculated at the coercion of the government. It is big government run amok. It is bad policy and it should not be done."
As Matt Stoller suggested, maybe if Perry started calling HPV shots "lethal injection," he could win over the social conservative skeptics.
Lesson #3: You heathens had better find religion. Asked what should happen to an uninsured man who develops a serious medical malady, Ron Paul recalled the good old days…
"But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?" asked Blitzer, to which several voices in the audience cried out, "Yes!"
"No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals," said Paul to additional applause.
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Tags: CNN, Debates, Florida, Health Care, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Texas
There's been a lot to liveblog this month, and no wonder. With the 2012 elections less than three months away, the political calendar is full of make-or-break opportunities for the candidates, who- I'm sorry, what's that?
Okay, well, here's one you won't want to miss: it's the first-ever Tea Party presidential debate, live from Tampa (the future site of the 2012 Republican National convention) with the GOP contenders. We'll kick off the liveblog on Monday, 9/12 at 8/7c, and if you want to follow @TheInDecider too, well, there's nothing in the Constitution that says you can't.
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Tags: Liveblog, Primaries, Republicans, Tea Party, Tea Party Express
Some Labor Day traditions are sacred. For one day, Americans take a break from demonizing the last dozen workers who still belong to a trade union and celebrate the achievements of organized labor by overdosing on red meat and heading to the mall.
But leave it to a union thug to spoil the bipartisan comity. Serving as a warm-up speaker for President Obama at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Teamsters chief James P. "Jimmy" Hoffa had some choice words for the Tea Party. Cover your ears, everybody!
"We've got to keep an eye on the battle that we face — a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party," he said. "And there's only one way to beat and win that war — the one thing about working people is, we like a good fight."
Hoffa called on workers to get involved in opposing Tea Party-aligned lawmakers next November.
"President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march," Hoffa said. "But everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out."
First of all, "son-of-a-bitches?" Jimmy's late father, the Jimmy Hoffa, would be spinning in his grave if he wasn't encased in concrete under Giants Stadium. Let me drop some Eats, Shoots and Leaves on Mr. Hoffa: it is "courts martial" and "attorneys general," and the universally-recognized plural of "son of a bitch" is always, now and forever, "sons-a-bitches." I'm afraid the soft bigotry of low expectations has taken its toll on the grammatical standards of our nation's union thugs.
Also, the war metaphors might be a tad extreme, no? Some conservatives certainly objected to Hoffa's potty mouth…
In a statement, the chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer, demanded an immediate apology from Hoffa and urged Obama to rebuke him for "his dangerous comments."
"Jimmy Hoffa's remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members," Kremer said. "We have called on President Obama to condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum."
So an unfortunately-phrased exhortation to get out and vote is taken as an incitement of violence.
Like I said, the standards for union thuggery really have fallen.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Grammar, James Hoffa, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Unions