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The people who most support the Republicans and the Tea Party carry a secret burden. Many know that they are one medical emergency or broken down car away from ruin, and they blame the government. They vote against their own interests, often hurting themselves in concrete ways, in a vain attempt to deal with their own, misguided shame about being poor. They believe “freedom” is the answer, even though they live a form of wage indenture in a rigged system. I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

It is not even conceivable that progressives could do the same to Nancy Pelosi despite the fact that she has often betrayed progressive interests. Tea partiers are willing to vote their values. Their values may mostly be retrograde, but they vote them. As a result, they have power. Reports of the Tea Party’s death were premature. I guess the Tea Party isn’t finished

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What is the tea party, exactly? That’s not so clear. There are a constellation of groups, like Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, who sometimes associate themselves with the movement or are associated with it. But their agendas can range from libertarian to populist and do not always align. As in Missouri, they often do not endorse the same candidate. Nor do they always endorse the candidate who self-identifies as member of the tea party. Is the tea party opposed to the Republican establishment or has it been co-opted by it? ‘Tea Party’ Has Outlived Its Usefulness

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