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21 February 2010
The Dems In Cartoons
Feb 21, 2010 5:15:00 AM
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"Movement Attracts First-Time Activists Mad About Debt, Expanding Government; Incumbents in Both Parties Face Risks"
Wall St Journal: Interviews with more than a dozen newly minted tea-party volunteers suggest the movement is starting to resemble what Ross Perot harnessed in the early 1990s, and take on some characteristics of the effort that helped drive Democrats into office in recent elections: first-time activists mobilized by strong emotions. Both Mr. Perot and President Barack Obama, despite their very different political positions, tapped the enthusiasm of people previously not involved in politics. The tea-party movement has a generally conservative orientation, but has manifested itself in a dislike of both establishment parties and a drive for members to get involved. Tea-party groups are using many of the same online and social-networking tools that Democrats successfully deployed during the 2008 presidential election. Some activists say they became involved after feeling ignored by lawmakers when they tried to voice their opinions. Some say they began paying attention to how Congress functions...
"Republican leaders were the ones likely to have headaches on Sunday morning"
Dana Milbank's column on CPAC and the challenges the GOP faces managing the Fox News incited Tea Partiers: After three days of liberal bashing, 10,000 right-wing activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference used their final night in town to give a sharp rebuke to . . . the Republicans? First came the results of CPAC's presidential straw poll, in which the runaway winner was Ron Paul, the antiwar libertarian gadfly who is only nominally a Republican. At 31 percent, he polled far better than more conventional candidates such as Mitt Romney (22 percent), Sarah Palin (7 percent) and Tim Pawlenty (6 percent). A majority of voters said they wished the Republicans had a better field of potential candidates. Then it was time for the keynote speaker, the wildly popular Fox News host Glenn Beck. "I voted Republican almost every time," he said, and "I don't even know what they...
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