The Plum Line: Tea Party

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/23/2014

The Tea Party and the structure of American government

A high profile Democrat starts talking about structural reform.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Why that crazy tea party rally matters. A lot.

If this continues, it will be time to start talking seriously about real reform.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Business community and GOP are getting along just fine, thank you

Corporate leaders may be professing surprise at all that Tea Party craziness, but at bottom, Tea Party ideology works out just fine for them.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:12 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/28/2013

The IRS scandal was the best thing that ever happened to the tea party

The IRS scandal revived the conservative movement from its post-2012 deathwatch

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013

The Tea Party tiger has no teeth

The Tea Party has nothing to back up its threat on defunding Obamacare.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Maybe the 'blister' of GOP opposition really will get popped

The history of Newt Gingrich's losses against Bill Clinton suggests a decisive Obama victory in the debt fight really could matter over the long term.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/14/2013

The Tea Party's last stand?

Obama is behaving like someone who is determined to break the Tea Party once and for all.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP can't put Tea Party genie back in bottle

Yesterday's events confirm again that House conservatives may no longer be capable of being part of the conversation over how to move the country forward.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Jim DeMint will be at least as damaging outside the Senate as he was inside it

The South Carolina Senator may soon be in a better position to enforce ideological purity on his party than before.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/04/2012

GOP needs to choose between business community and Tea Party

The GOP will alienate business groups if it remains in thrall to Tea Party fundamentalism.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)