By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Though years in the brewing, the internal fight over the direction of the Republican Party has exploded onto front pages and political talk shows this month after strategist Karl Rove announced the formation of a new political action committee designed to promote more electable candidates.
On Tuesday night, the always enterprising Sen. Marco Rubio journeys to the 201 Bar for a chat with Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the cheeky and clever BuzzFeed.
Terminally angry Republicans are at it again. Or so the Associated Press would have its readers believe. "National Republican Party seems as divided, angry as ever," a Sunday, Jan. 6, banner headline blared.
Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House GOP leadership. Long-standing geographic tensions have increased, pitting endangered Northeastern Republicans against their colleagues from other parts of the country. Enraged tea party leaders are threatening to knock off dozens of Republicans who supported a measure that raised taxes on the nation’s highest earners.
Mitt Romney's shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray. The face of the GOP for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6.
Tea party leaders say they refuse to be the scapegoats for the drubbing Republicans took on Election Day, claiming it was the party establishment — not their insurgent movement — that cost the party seats in the House and Senate and returned President Obama to the White House.
Serious research from the Weather Channel reveals that lousy weather on Election Day could impact turnout for a "substantial" number of voters, with the most dithering among undecided voters.
To many, Donald Trump still cuts a striking presidential figure across the political landscape. No matter how much his critics squawk, Mr. Trump's fans remain convinced that the billionaire would still make a swell president.
Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public-school students to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.
The IRS says that 275,000 organizations have automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required annual reports over the past three years.
Eager to dispel the notion that their protest movement is a mere flash in the pan, the nation's tea party activists are preparing to welcome the newest crop of lawmakers to Washington by reminding them of the consequences if they walk away from their campaign promises.
Sarah Palin is not the "tea party" movement's undisputed darling. But nobody else has been able to claim the undisputed leadership mantle for these latter-day insurrectionists, either.
She adds, "While Elizabeth Colbert Busch attempts to portray herself as a moderate who wants to rein in spending and give lip service to attacking Obamacare, we know this is not the case.
Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express chairwoman, said Mr. Rove's effort threatens to "water down the brand" because he is willing to support "RINOs" ("Republican In Name Only") as long as it edges the party closer to a majority.