Tea Party Republicans are, across the board, more conservative than their fellow party members, more likely to be male, more pessimistic about the direction of the country and more antagonistic to President Barack Obama.
If you want to understand why the government is shut down or why elected Republicans would even consider doing something as reckless as using a debt default to extract policy concessions from the White House -- without necessarily even knowing which policy concessions they want -- Stan Greenberg has a memo for you.
In the 15 minutes Marco Rubio spent speaking to a crowd of anti-tax Tea Party Republicans in Orlando, Florida, he didn’t mention the word “immigration.” Activists at the annual meeting of Americans for Prosperity didn’t hesitate to raise the subject -- loudly.
Thomas M. Hoenig , dressed in a gray suit, white shirt with French cuffs, and baby-blue tie, faces an edgy crowd of 150 people in a hotel meeting room in suburban Lenexa, Kan. A large “Kansas City Tea Party” banner covers a table at the door. Attendees wear anti-tax stickers on their lapels. This is not an after-dinner speech for which most central bankers would volunteer.
Imagine you are a senior official of the Chinese Communist Party trying to figure out whether democracy is a good idea. The brinkmanship over raising the debt ceiling is a prime example for the argument that democracy is irrational, right?
On the evening of June 29, Amedeo Scognamiglio, a jewelry designer on the Isle of Capri, met friends for drinks at the elegant Grand Hotel Quisisana. Around midnight, Scognamiglio says, “I noticed some familiar American faces.”