The Tea Party’s remarkable victory in the House.
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But this free fall is limited to the label “Tea Party.” Most of the movement’s core issues still poll well. Repealing Obamacare is more popular now than in 2010. The national deficit and debt ranks just below unemployment as the biggest economic problem. Americans prefer a smaller government by more than 20 points. Obama’s stimulus package, the centerpiece of his demand-side economic plan, receives majority disapproval.
The Tea Party knocked down moderates Richard Lugar and David Dewhurst earlier this year, gave Mitt Romney stiff competition that moved him to the right in the Republican primary, and will hold onto the House in November. That’s an impressive workout for a movement that supposedly died sixteen times over the past two years.
The Tea Party may ultimately end up a political kamikaze, sacrificing itself for its ideals. Going up against party establishments and telling voters the free ride must end are bruising tasks. That the Tea Party still shifted the discussion, continues to persevere, and will maintain a beachhead in the House this fall is a feat of survival. It deserves to be recognized.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online