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The Trump Resistance vs. the Tea Party: So Far, a Story of Immense Potential – and Great Danger

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The Trump Resistance vs. the Tea Party: So Far, a Story of Immense Potential – and Great Danger

The anti-Trump movement could transform politics more than the Tea Party ever did  or it could get Astroturfed

Conor Lynch

Topics: Democratic Party, Democrats, Donald Trump, Liberals, Progressives, resistance, Russia, Tea Party, The Left, the resistance, Politics News

Salon

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/01/the-trump-resistance-vs-the-tea-party-
so-far-a-story-of-immense-potential-and-great-danger/

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Shortly after Donald Trumps victory last November, calls for the left to form its own version of the Tea Party to resist the newly elected president were almost instantaneous. Panic-stricken at the mere thought of a Trump administration, liberals and progressives found something vaguely comforting in the idea of a Tea Party of the left. Although it was never quite clear how people envisaged such a thing, it is obvious why the right-wing movement came to mind. The Tea Party was, after all, largely successful in transforming American politics and paving the way for Donald Trump.

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It is easy to forget that just eight years earlier the Republican Party looked doomed as a national party. Barack Obama had been easily elected as the first African-American president and Democrats had gained seats in both the House and Senate, giving the party control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time in nearly 15 years. In other words, the emerging Democratic majority seemed inevitable  and so did the death of the Grand Old Party.

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Looking back, it certainly seems possible that the GOP would have continued down this death spiral had it not been for the Obama backlash that manifested itself in the Tea Party. That movement mobilized thousands if not millions of Americans (with the help of billionaire donors), and eventually led to the Republicans taking back the House in 2010 and narrowing the Democratic majority in the Senate. But it was the GOPs success at state and local levels that had a far bigger impact on the future of American politics.

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The Republican Party made historic gains in state legislatures that year, winning majorities in 20 new legislative chambers that had been in Democratic hands going into the election. It is now widely recognized, seven years after the fact, that the GOP invested heavily in local and state elections in order to seize control of the redistricting process (which happens every decade following a census year such as 2010).

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Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade, explained Chris Jankowski, the Republican strategist behind the notorious REDMAP project. At the time, of course, most people  especially Democrats  were caught completely off guard. The great gerrymander of 2010 was unlike any gerrymandering plan in history, and new redistricting softwares turned the age-old practice into a precise science that secured the GOPs House majority for at least a generation.

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All of this made the Republican Partys revival (and the Democratic Partys collapse) possible, and it is hard to imagine that historic turnaround without the Tea Party, which used local and state politics to overcome a clear national disadvantage. It worked in spectacular fashion: Since 2010 the Democrats have lost about 1,000 state legislative seats in total.

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It is only natural, then, for Democrats and progressives to look back at the Tea Party for some guidance in 2017, which is exactly what the authors of the widely read Indivisible document did last December, offering  a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Partys success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. While their report highlighted the obvious importance of local politics and grass-roots lobbying (e.g. ,town halls, sit-ins, coordinated calls, etc.), the authors also identified characteristics of the Tea Party that should be absolutely avoided  such as ignoring reality, making up ones own facts and threatening anybody who is considered an enemy.

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Of course, the resistance has been far from perfect, and at times liberals seem to be imitating the Tea Party in all the wrong ways. For example, many liberals have also come to ignore reality and create their own facts, while falling for conspiracy theories that bolster their increasingly paranoid worldview (particularly when it comes to Russia). Just as Tea Partiers once accused Obama of being a Kenyan-born Muslim, many liberals are today convinced that Trump is a Russian spy who is guilty of treason.

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While there are certainly some populist and anti-establishment elements in the Trump resistance  evinced by certain progressive groups that are challenging centrist Democrats in the primaries  a kind of single-mindedness has limited the movements scope. Liberals have become so fixated on Trump and Russia that the Democratic establishment has been able to avoid taking responsibility for the massive failure of 2016, while co-opting the grass-roots energy to serve its own purposes.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[Educator-Gold] DISINFORMATION : UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS : SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : SEXISM : NEO-NAZIS : KU KLUX KLAN : RELIGION: CHRISTIANS: RELIGIOUS RIGHT : VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION : MEDIA SUPPRESSION : LEGAL ISSUES : REPUBLICAN OBAMACARE REPEAL : MEDIA : FREEDOM OF THE PRESS : CENSORSHIP : POLITICS: VOTER SUPPRESSION : DICTATORSHIPS : OLIGARCHIES : FAKE NEWS : COUNTRIES: RUSSIA : INVESTIGATIONS : COLLUSION : RESISTANCE: The Trump Resistance vs. the Tea Party: So Far, a Story of Immense Potential – and Great Danger

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