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Discussion in 'Politics (deprecated)' started by atbell, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    ... tea party members up for election in the 2010 mid-terms.

    "In addition to Mr Buck [Colorado], they have propelled their candidates to win primaries in Utah, Kentucky and Nevada, as well as in Florida – by default when the presumptive Republican nominee pulled out."

    FT.com / US / Politics & Foreign policy - Tea party patriots celebrate Colorado triumph

    Kentucky is the bigest light in this list because of who has been nominated there. Rand Paul, son of Texas Representative and GOP 2008 presidential hopeful Ron Paul, has some pretty extreme views and Kentucky is in a bad spot.

    Paul Jr., like his father, has said some contervertial things that I find about half excelent and half ignorant. One of his most brazen quotes was picked up by the economist in January:

    Part alarmist - part acurate. Out of troubled economies come extreme politics, that I agree with.

    Kentucky is also an interesting story as a state. Like Virginia, Kentucky is sandwitched between three economic hot spots - the south east, the mid-west, and the north east. All of the hot spots are rife with debt, unemployment, and public (state level) debt. Thus it isn't a surprise that Kentucky would be concerned about extreme political currents, they would be the battle ground, literally, if hostilities between any of the three major hot spots ignited.

    What I find particularily ironic about Paul Jr.'s acertation is that he is part of the political grouping which could best bear the lable of being politically extreme.

    makes ya think eh?
  2. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    The Tea Party will split the Republican vote and guarantee a Demo landslide.
  3. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    Wait the tea party isnt an actual party. Most are still on the republican ticket or are they running independent.
  4. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    Man, I'm completely guilty of not describing those nuances.

    The "Tea Party" is a movement spawned by Rick Santelli, a CNBC financial reporter in Chicago, and the FoxNews network.

    Rick started the idea here:

    Here says "We are thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July."

    FoxNews and another group called freedomworks grabbed on to the idea that "Tea Party" would resonate with many people, and it did. Last year on Sept. 12 there was a rally of about 1.2 million people on DC.

    Since Rick's rant and the push from FoxNews republican splinter groups have sprung up all over, with very little in common other than using the term "tea party" to describe them. This has made for one hell of a populus movment because there are no real principals of the group.

    There have been a number of people who have risen to the top in the set of loosely related splinter branches of the Republican party. Sara Palin, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul stand out as prominent icons even if thier actuall association to the party is limited.

    In short, the Tea Party is basically a revolution in the Republican party and it will be interesting to see how the presence of a sub-political party will affect US politics. I think it is forceing Republicans right and might even be partly evident in the new Arizona and Florida laws about police powers and immigration.

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