Tales from the Trail

Frum Obamacare to Waterloo: Where do Republicans find themselves?

March 26, 2010

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Have Republicans really met their Waterloo? George W. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum thinks so. And he may have a point, though making it in public has proved costly.

Palin using her star power against selected House Democrats

March 24, 2010

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Sarah Palin really has the 2010 congressional elections in her cross hairs now.

As President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law, the potential 2012 Republican White House wannabe was out on Facebook with her own campaign to unseat 20 House Democrats who voted for the legislation. The page identifies targeted congressional districts via a map of the United States dotted by white and red cross hairs.

Tea Partiers converge on Washington to kill the (healthcare) bill

March 16, 2010

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The rally began with an unaccompanied rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung to an oversized American flag hoisted aloft by a middle-aged man dressed like Captain America.

Coffee Party USA takes on the Tea Party

March 3, 2010

America’s conservative Tea Party movement may be on the boil, but the left is brewing up its own version in The Coffee Party USA.

Tea Party activists urged to borrow page from – ACORN

January 31, 2010

A Tea Party leadership conference in Dallas on Saturday urged the conservative movement’s activists to adopt old-fashioned, get-out-the-vote tactics, including driving people to the polling booth.

Texas Tea Partiers organize by zip codes

January 30, 2010

In north Texas, the conservative protest Tea Party movement has organized itself by zip codes and hopes it is a model that will be used elsewhere in America as it sets out to “take the country back” neighborhood by neighborhood.

Democrats may face a new challenge: rising conservatism

January 7, 2010

The Democratic Party’s hopes of retaining control of Congress in November are already reeling from a spate of Senate retirements and the political flap surrounding last month’s failed bomb attack on a Detroit-bound airliner. Now comes a potential new hurdle: growing conservatism among the American public.

Obama’s security tweaks unlikely to quiet political opponents

January 5, 2010

President Barack Obama will tighten airline security today in a bid to thwart any future attack like last month’s plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner. But will that silence his political opponents? Not likely. With congressional elections looming in November, the stakes may be too high.