Tea Party

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said she is considering a bid for the US Senate. That's right
I don't say this often, but it's high time that British politics take a page out of Hollywood's playbook: if you don't like something, make a brief - but scathing - offering of condemnation, and then never speak of it again.
On close inspection, Ukip's policies are startlingly similar to the Tea Party's. They want to cut taxes by £90bn, but mostly for the rich, introducing a single flat tax of 31%, that will see millionaires pay the same tax rates as their cleaners.
Comparisons between Ukip and the Tea Party were made as early as 2010, when the bible-thumping faction of the Republican Party challenged for seats in the House and the Senate. Both are nationalistic, seek a small government, provide a protest vote and are the underdogs of mainstream politics.
The conservative way to win is to empower people to rise above the labels campaign consultants use. And movements like the UK Independence Party and Tea Party show us the way. Their card carrying numbers may not be huge, but they have altered the balance of power on both sides of the Atlantic. Their approach is simple: care about the pressing issues mainstream politicians and the national media ignore.
Over the past few days, a video showing the Infowars.com host, Alex Jones' tirade against CNN anchor Piers Morgan has become a viral sensation. Within the space of 15 minutes, Jones not only declared Morgan as a "hatchet man of the new world order" but also might threatened war on the Obama administration if any action to forcibly seize guns took place.
The job of any politician be they an MP, a Representative or a Senator, or whatever is to serve the general public. It's not a case of they elect you, and then you get to do what you like until the next election.
If Congress appears divided, partisan and irrational then it is partly the fault of its electoral system and partly the fault of the voters. Until something is done about this the pattern will keep on repeating itself.
The assumption that white America is somehow both culturally and politically the 'real' or 'traditional' America is absurd. White America as some unchanging monolith does not exist. It never has.
Investors were clearly thinking along traditional lines last week and wanted Romney, but the Obama victory doesn't have to be such a bad result for them. Chances of reaching a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff have increased a little bit with the outcome of these elections. And the outlook for getting to a more comprehensive agreement on getting back on a healthy fiscal track have improved somewhat with a second-term president and less power for the Tea Party.