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The Tea Party candidate was never a contender, but her supporters—who rallied around her slogan of “I’m You”—aren’t going away.

Conventional wisdom says Republicans made gains in the midterms because Obama tried to do too much and was too liberal. Wrong.

On a night when Republicans pulled off the largest shift in party power since 1938, they also seemed, paradoxically, to be an endangered species.

As Democrats survey the wreckage left by the 2010 midterms, one sight is at least slightly cheering: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies licking their wounds.

Katrina vanden Heuvel joins a panel of journalists, writers and political strategists to dissect the Democrat's prospects for this year's midterm elections.

From Minnesota to Texas to Illinois, the right is using the myth of voter fraud to challenge potentially millions of eligible voters.

In California and Arizona, the anti-immigrant radical right is using the Tea Party to recreate itself.

Moderates are no longer welcome in the GOP—and Democrats shouldn't try to compromise with what the party's become.

Betsy Reed and Rebecca Traister talk about the rise of conservative women in the 2010 elections.

The Republican Party is hard-selling its hot Mama Grizzlies. But it's mostly men—not women—who are buying.

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But the Tea Party’s insurgents, already failing in 2014, aren’t likely to get traction in 2016.

April 14, 2014

The Tea Party insurgents may be troublemakers, but they don’t outweigh the Republican establishment.

February 28, 2014

It’s worth recalling that on the issue of immigration, as on much else, there is little new under the sun.

February 8, 2014

Dim prospects for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House illustrate how far right of the American mainstream the GOP has drifted. 

November 5, 2013

Strip down and slap on that mustache, sexy Tom Friedman.

October 29, 2013

About 800,000 federal employees will be furloughed, with no guarantee of retroactive pay.

September 30, 2013

It shouldn’t be surprising that conservatives who conceptualize politics as war, and an activist state as Satan, would be willing to shut down the federal government.

September 30, 2013

Friday’s House vote to fund the government and defund the Affordable Care Act won’t derail healthcare reform, but sabotage might. 

September 20, 2013

With upcoming elections in 2014, our political system needs deep structural reforms.

August 12, 2013

An idea is spreading on the right that Republicans are unfairly constrained by a court ruling that bars the party from targeting “ballot security” measures at communities of color.

November 27, 2012