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Posts by David Weigel

Tea Partiers Want You to Remember the Days When the Left Was Crazy

By | 04.01.10 | 3:20 pm

Here’s a video making the rounds on the right — a compilation of outrageous scenes from 2002 and 2003 anti-war protests. The editor: Evan Coyne Maloney, a documentary filmmaker who cut his teeth on these videos and went on to make the education expose “Indoctrinate U.”

Your RNC Turmoil Round-Up

By | 04.01.10 | 2:00 pm

This stuff is happening almost to quickly to keep track. The latest (minor) RNC headaches:

- A mis-typed number on a fundraising letter leads to a phone sex service (they still exist?) instead of the RNC’s HQ.

- A media firm, run by the daughter of RNC co-chairman Jan More…

Mises Institute Chairman: FBI Might Have Infiltrated the Tea Parties

By | 04.01.10 | 12:49 pm

I missed this post by Lew Rockwell, the chairman of the Mises Institute and one of the most quietly influential libertarian writers in America, when it ran last week. But the pushback against the “Tea Party anger” narrative hasn’t stopped, so it remains relevant.

[R]ecent Tea Party people who


The NRSC Mocks Obama, Accidentally Goes Off Message on Climate Change

By | 04.01.10 | 11:57 am

At least that’s how I read the joke in this (pretty darn funny) NRSC video — the one about how “global warming has been solved” under President Obama’s introduction of “low-emission unicorns powered by the renewable energy of rainbows.”

Of course, another way of reading that might be that More…

Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!

By | 04.01.10 | 11:41 am

The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census — one of the people who sounded the alarm about “politicization” when the White House mulled over the idea of letting Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have a say over it — takes to RedState to battle More…

Former RNC Chairs Launch New Political Action Group

By | 04.01.10 | 9:51 am

Fourteen months after being tossed aside for Michael Steele, former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan is at the helm of American Crossroads, a group aiming to raise $52 million “from corporations and wealthy conservatives” to win the 2010 elections.

The new American Crossroads organization will be run by former RNC


Not an April Fools’ Joke: Army Officer Defies Orders Unless Obama Shows Birth Certificate

By | 04.01.10 | 9:15 am

Yes, this is still happening. Take it away, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin:

For the first time in all my years of service to our great nation, and at great peril to my career and future, I am choosing to disobey what I believe are illegal orders, including an order to


Tony Perkins: Don’t Give to the RNC

By | 03.31.10 | 6:12 pm

Jonathan Martin has the first look at an email going out to Family Research Council supporters in which Tony Perkins tells conservatives to close their wallets to the RNC.

I’ve hinted at this before, but now I am saying it-don’t give money to the RNC. If you want to


Alan Colmes Busts Dale Robertson on Racist Photo

By | 03.31.10 | 5:43 pm

It’s true. The liberal radio host (formerly of “Hannity and”) posts a Jan. 7 radio interview with Dale Robertson in which the Tea Party activist defended his use of the slogan “taxpayer = niggar” on a sign. (The interview was conducted three days after I posted a photo More…

Richard Burr: ‘It May Not Be Total Repeal at the End of the Day’

By | 03.31.10 | 4:38 pm

Great catch by North Carolina’s Progressive Pulse, which find Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), conscious of possible “party of no” attacks, waffling on whether a Republican Senate would totally repeal and replace the health care bill.

“It may not be total repeal at the end of the day,” said Burr More…