With Friends Like Charlie Rangel, Who Needs Republicans?

Maybe it was the water that they drink at Harvard.

— Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), quoted by the New York Observer, on why President Barack Obama thought he could work with what Rangel calls the “mean, racist people” in the Tea Party.

$27 Million Down the Drain? Doh!
Koch Brothers Just Can't Catch a Break in Obamacare Battle

Bad news for whoever is writing the checks at Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The Koch brothers’ political organization has spent $27 million since last August, with millions more planned, on ads attacking Senate Democrats who voted for healthcare reform and who are up for re-election this year. A new poll shows they are likely wasting [...]

Bill Moyers Reports on Tea Party Takeover of North Carolina

State of Conflict: North Carolina from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. And here’s an interesting factoid to keep in mind: According to the N.C. Board of Elections, voter registration in North Carolina breaks out this way: Democratic: 2,764,383 Republican: 1,991,376 Libertarian: 22,330 Unaffiliated: 1,703,108

Brace Yourself for a Slew of Ted Cruzes

If Ted Cruz seems like a one-of-a-kind, give it time. A slew of young, hard-charging, Tea Party-endorsed Senate wannabes is looking to knock off the Republican establishment again in 2014. Some have better chances than others, but all have the unmistakable Cruzian commitment to refusing to toe the Republican Party line and make headlines while doing it. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will.

— Patricia Murphy, in the Daily Beast.

Jon Stewart Takes on Tea Party Attacks on Conservatives Like John Boehner, John Cornyn and Ronald Reagan
Florida, the State Where the Governor Ignores Voters, is Number One in Federal Healthcare Enrollment

Floridians led the nation in signing up for health insurance on the federal exchange since its inception on Oct. 1. Almost 18,000 state residents from all backgrounds have enrolled, despite the refusal of far-right Republican leaders to facilitate access to health care for the uninsured, noted in a recent Tampa Bay Times editorial. Florida is [...]

Tea Party Targeting 87 Republican Lawmakers

87

Number of Republicans who voted for the deal in late October to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling who now are being targeted by a tea party group that has launched a campaign to support primary challenges against all 87 of them, according to Buzzfeed.

Still Waiting for That Other Apology

When I hear Bush apologize about being wrong about WMDs, I’ll give a shit whether or not Obama said he’s sorry.

@RudePundit, on Twitter, commenting on those being given air time to say Pres. Obama should apologize more because the Affordable Care Act website wasn’t fully functional when the health care exchanges became available on Oct. 1. The toll-free phone number, in-person “navigators,” and other venues in various states worked great on opening day, despite the 17-day tea party led government shutdown that began simultaneously.

Bohlinger Equates Tea Party, Taliban

We need to challenge the tea party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down.

— Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (D), quoted by the Helena Montana Record, on why he’s running for U.S. Senate.

Tea Bagger Loser in Alabama Special Congressional Election Shows How Not to Give a Concession Speech

The much-watched special election for the U.S. House seat in Alabama’s District 1 ended with a victory for Bradley Byrne, the far-right Republican who was not a tea bagger. After losing the race by just a few points, the tea bagger, Dean Young, demonstrated the sort of juvenile behavior that has become the trademark of [...]