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Conservatives had been harping on the "47 percent" for years; it was just the latest version of the "welfare queen" line of attack popularized on the right in the Reagan era.
The Atlantic visits the the land of the Nigerian kidnapped girls - to the village of Chibok, where insurgents hide in the bush and parents mourn the loss of their daughters.
It's 2013, apparently eight years into the Tea Party era. So who leads the Tea Party? Define terms! Who are you asking and what do you imagine is the Tea Party? Is it an uppercase group or a lowercase group? Grassroots or astroturf? Independent or Republican? Has Colorado Rep Cory Gardner offended the Tea Party or just Erick Erickson and the version of conservative movement he presently helps lead?
Erick Erickson has made a name for himself and gained significant influence among conservative thought leaders and elected officials by speaking his mind with the kind of muscular frankness that has come to characterize the TeaParty political movement in general. Erickson has shaped debate on Capitol Hill, endorsed local and national candidates and launched successful fundraising campaigns to great effect.
Colorado's Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck has joined the national campaign to support Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann. In a Monday email blast (pdf), Buck stressed that control of the Senate could well turn on this single race. That's the same thing analysts said about the race Ken Buck lost in 2010 to Michael Bennet in Colorado.
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