We cannot see the forest because of the trees. The prevailing wisdom “from the trees” is that the Tea Party lost. The Tea Party “kamikazes” in the Senate and Congress donned their “suicide vests” and fumbled the partial federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling negotiations.
I see it quite differently “from the vantage point
of the forest:” The Tea Party has denied President Obama his long term
goal of creating a positive-rights European-style entitlement state. The Tea Party changed
the conversation from fundamental change, massive second stimuli,
investment banks, national value added, fuel, and carbon taxes to
sequestration and haggling over nickels and dimes of federal spending,
and forced the Obama administration to gamble its second term (and
legacy) on the unlikely success of Obama Care, which every Democratic
member of Congress now personally owns.
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