A Tea Party senator from upstate wishes John Boehner were more like Andrew Cuomo
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State Senator Greg Ball believes his friends in the Tea Party would rather see the kind of bipartisan compromise forged by Andrew Cuomo in Albany than the firebrand opposition of the House Republicans in Washington.

"From a leadership perspective, it’s apparent that President Obama lacks the leadership skills of Andrew Cuomo," Ball told me in a phone call this afternoon. "And it’s also apparent that the congressional Republicans have individual members that are more intent on blowing up the process, as opposed to our conference in the Republican [State] Senate, where we’re focused on moving the state forward through less taxes, bipartisan leadership, even if that means compromise."

Ball, an outspoken ideological conservative and self-proclaimed Tea Partier who proudly calls the group his political base, was reacting to yesterday’s vote by House Republicans to reject an extension of the payroll tax cut that had already passed the Senate by a vote of 89-10. The vote puts the payroll tax cut in jeopardy, since Senate Democrats have already vowed not to return to session before the cut expires on January 1.

And while the Tea Party is largely credited for pressuring Speaker John Boehner into scuttling the deal, Ball said that obstructionist posture doesn’t reflect the group’s rank and file, and noted that even Tea Partiers don’t give high approval ratings to the House Republicans.

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Tea Party ‘super PAC’ going after Sen. Orrin Hatch
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An outside spending group affiliated with the conservative Tea Party movement is targeting long-time Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012 for not being conservative enough.

FreedomWorks for America is a so-called “super PAC,” meaning it can accept unlimited donations from corporations, individuals and labor unions and spend the funds on advertising and other expenditures aimed at electing or defeating a candidate.
 
On Tuesday, the group reported to the Federal Election Commission that it spent more than $43,000 on expenditures to oppose Hatch, including payments to a Utah communications firm for research, a D.C.-based polling firm, an Oregon-based yard sign manufacturer and a North Carolina online services company.

Hecker says his group is working to provide Utah-based activists with the resources they need to defeat Hatch, including polling, focus groups, online phone-banking, direct mail, door-hangers, and palm cards.
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Enter Tea Party Sarah, Ron Paul Spoiler
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The republican establishment is frightened to death of the prospect of a Ron Paul win in Iowa and New Hampshire. They will do just about anything to make him go away.

“Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses,” writes Politico today.

Prior to Iowa governor Terry Branstad saying that if Paul wins the caucus it should be ignored, Chris Wallace of Fox News said that if Paul wins it does not count. Establishment pundits and operatives seem to think that if you ignore Ron Paul he will disappear.

Less than two weeks before the Iowa caucus, Sarah Palin – who declared in October she would not run – arrives on the scene to shake things up. “It’s not too late for folks to jump in,” Palin told Fox News on Monday. “Who knows what will happen in the future.”

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Why a Tea Party conservative now supports Ron Paul…including his foreign policy.
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Ask any conservative about Ron Paul and you will usually hear the following statement: “I love him on fiscal policy but his foreign policy is naive and dangerous.”  You can also throw in the obligatory “He hates Israel.”  If someone had asked me about Paul from 9/12/01 through October of 2011, I’d have said the exact same things. 

Something about my certitude always felt a bit uncomfortable, though, because I admired the “good parts” of Ron Paul (and later, his son Rand).  Having participated in the Tea Party movement since its inception, and then witnessing the phony propaganda concocted to invalidate it, my BS meter began to pin whenever I heard (or spoke) harsh rhetoric denouncing Ron Paul.  Since the contradiction bugged me, I decided to take the advice of my twenty-year-old son and read Ron Paul’s book, Revolution.  This required me to consider ideas which were once unthinkable.  I undertook the mission with the promise to think outside my conservative box.

After reading the book, I came away with a completely different understanding of Ron Paul and his philosophy.  I’m hoping my Tea Party compatriots, fellow conservatives, and all Americans will step outside their own comfort zones to do the same.  It is vital that our nation seriously consider the important constitutional concepts and defense of liberty that Ron Paul espouses.

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WH Blames “Tea Party Revolt” For Likely Rejection Of Payroll Tax Cut
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White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said it is a “Tea Party revolt” that would be responsible for the House rejecting a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

“Speaker Boehner’s position on Sunday was not the position that he had on Saturday when the 89 Senators came together to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. Let’s think on that. 89 Senators, the Republican leadership. You can’t get 89 votes in this day and age for apple pie, yet they all supported this. The did it with the understanding that the House would approve this two-month extension and Speaker Boehner got on the phone with his caucus, tried to sell it. He had a Tea Party revolt. He reversed his position and he’s now putting danger, a tax increase of a $1000 on 160 million Americans in like 12 days now,” Pfeiffer said on MSNBC.

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Ron Paul Is Iowa’s Sixth Poll Leader; Mitt Romney Reaches for Tea
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Meanwhile, Ron Paul’s surge continues in Iowa, with a new Public Policy Polling survey showing the Texas congressman taking the lead there with 23 percent.
Paul’s first-place showing makes him the sixth candidate to lead the field in Iowa. At various times, Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Gingrich and Romney have topped polls in the Hawkeye State.
The loser of the week appeared to be Gingrich, who fell behind Romney in the latest PPP Iowa survey. Romney garnered 20 percent, while Gingrich had 14 percent. Bachmann, Perry and Rick Santorum were tied at 10 percent, and Huntsman trailed with 4 percent.
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Tea Party Patriots to host call, straw poll with candidates
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The Tea Party Patriots will host a phone conference with the Republican presidential candidates on Dec. 18, which will be followed by an online straw poll, they announced Tuesday.

Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann have already confirmed they will attend, while Ron Paul has declined. The group, which claims 15 million members nationwide, touts itself as the largest grassroots Tea Party group in the country.

"This is a chance for candidates to make their case to the Tea Party, and for Americans across the country to find out who will represent and advance their principles in office,” said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin. "Just as in 2010, candidates must prove to the Tea Party they will be fiscally responsible and protect the Constitution in the White House."

Invitations went out Friday. Each participating candidate will have 10 minutes to answer pre-submitted questions from Tea Party groups around the nation. Afterward, participants will vote for their preferred candidate. The group is working with the other candidates on scheduling and expects more will participate.

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Congress Spares Incandescent Bulbs in Victory for U.S. Tea Party
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Congress spared the 100-watt incandescent light bulb from a government-enforced phaseout in a win for Tea Party activists over manufacturers who said they are already switching to more energy-efficient products.
Lawmakers cleared legislation today to fund the government through Sept. 30, with a provision barring the Energy Department from carrying out the elimination of the pear-shaped bulb. Groups backing small government urged Republican allies to block the requirement, calling it an example of regulatory overreach in keeping with the health-care overhaul and the Wall Street bailout.

The bulb provision is in a spending bill for fiscal 2012. The measure is H.R. 2055.

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Ron Paul’s ‘Tea Party’ money bomb aims for $4 million in one day
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Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, kicked off his “Tea Party” money bomb Friday. Mr. Paul has set a fundraising goal of $4 million in one day. Mr. Paul’s “Tea Party” money bomb is the latest in a series of money bombs that have been conducted by the Paul campaign and the Texas congressman’s ardent supporters. The “Black This Out” and “Veterans Day” money bombs were wildly successful at pulling in the necessary funds to keep the Paul campaign going in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire

On December 16, 2007, Mr. Paul set a fundraising record by raising more than $6.4 million in online contributions in 24 hours. Mr. Paul’s 2007 money bomb was purposely launched on the anniversary of the 1773 Boston Tea Party.

Leading up to the “Tea Party” money bomb, the latest Iowa polls have been mostly good news for the Texas congressman. A Public Policy Polling poll of likely Iowa GOP caucusgoers released Tuesday found Mr. Paul tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for 1st place. However, a Rasmussen Reports poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers released Thursday found Mr. Paul several percentage points behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Mr. Gingrich.

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Tea Party Passions
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The Tea Party is a marvel of modern American politics. What began in February 2009 with a CNBC commentator’s tirade against federal support for borrowers with underwater home loans quickly built into a movement that altered the 2010 congressional elections and is now shaping the 2012 Republican presidential field.

In a new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (Oxford University Press), Thomas professor of government and sociology Theda Skocpol and graduate student Vanessa Williamson offer one of the first comprehensive, empirical analyses of this phenomenon, which Skocpol calls “an innovative version” of “recurrent populist upsurges on the right.” The authors draw on existing surveys of Tea Partiers and observation of their events, as well as on the in-depth interviews they conducted with dozens of Tea Party activists. Unlike surveys, which Skocpol says ask questions with “precooked” answers, these hour-long interviews allowed Tea Party members to speak for themselves. The researchers could note the words and phrases interviewees used repeatedly, such as “freeloaders” and “take our country back.” She and Williamson could also “hear the emotion,” she adds. “You hear what they’re afraid of, what they’re hopeful about.”

But the Tea Party is more than these grass-roots activists. Skocpol and Williamson include in the movement conservative media outlets, such as Fox News, and an elite group of big Republican donors and well-funded free-market advocacy organizations, such as Americans for Prosperity, co-founded by billionaire David H. Koch. These parts “sometimes work at cross purposes and sometimes work together,” Skocpol explains. Thus grass-roots members may support Social Security, while the advocacy groups seek to radically restructure social programs. Skocpol says such groups associated themselves with the Tea Party to capitalize on the grass-roots enthusiasm, but promote their own agendas.

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