Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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Sharron Angle's Fundraising Genius

Via Taegan Goddard, the Las Vegas Sun gets a recording of Sharron Angle explaining her fundraising strategy at a house party:

Rich "Small Business" People = Rich People.

Republicans and Democrats have been spending time arguing about just how much of a blow to small businesses it will be if we allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire, while keeping the cuts for everyone earning less than $250,000.

Tea Party Standard

All the talk of shaking up the establishment notwithstanding, once they take office the Tea Partiers will fit comfortably within the GOP.

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When a new political movement emerges, it can follow a number of different courses after its moment of passionate intensity. It can lose its focus or relevance and fade into nothingness, like an anti-war movement when the war ends. It can become institutionalized, with professional organizations leading a cause that started from the grass roots, like the environmental movement has. Or it can be co-opted and absorbed by something larger.

Now that the 2010 primaries are all but over, we can say with near certainty that the last -- co-optation -- will be the the Tea Party's fate. Indeed, it has already begun. But what effect will that absorption have on the larger conservative movement?

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