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Tea Party: Political Fundamentalists

September 28th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had better hope he stays minority leader after the November election. Because if Republicans win a majority, it will be impossible for him to hold his troops in line.

McConnell has been able to keep 40 Senate Republicans together this session. But in the next Congress, he will very likely have to contend with at least five new tea party senators — and possibly as many as eight. They will join several current Republican senators who are strongly identified with tea party values — such as Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma — plus the rest of the Republican caucus who are having the fear of God thrown into them by the tea party movement.

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Looking forward – beyond November

June 18th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

By: Gov. Jack Markell and Jim Kessler

From Nevada to South Carolina, from Kentucky to Maine, a new political reality is dawning. As establishment Republicans bend over backward to appeal to the most extreme tea-party-type elements of their base, they’ve upended last year’s conventional wisdom that an anti-Democratic fervor was beginning to sweep the nation.
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Obama’s Aces Over

January 5th, 2010

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This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

In Washington, the conventional wisdom says that President Obama has spent his last nickel of political capital. His quick and substantial action to steady the financial markets, stimulate the economy, reset the war in Afghanistan, and, most of all, to reform health care, have all been bold and, to varying degrees, controversial. These mega-battles have left his political allies exhausted and his political coffers bare. His approval rating has steadily bled to an all-time Obama low. The outlook for 2010, the CW says, is for no further action in Congress and a grim midterm election for Democrats.

But such thinking fundamentally misunderstands the nature of political capital – it isn’t spent on big initiatives, it’s gambled. Right now, the President may appear to have a meager stack of chips in front of him, but it’s because his entire bankroll is in the pot. And as it turns out, he’s holding a couple of aces.

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