Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean characterizes the tea party as 'almost entirely over 55 and white.' He says tea partyers are driven by the economy but also discomfort about the nation's demographic changes.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean criticized departing White House aides for acting like 'they knew everything and we knew nothing.'
Opposition to the war in Afghanistan has Obama walking on eggshells with his Democratic base.
Most Democrats oppose the war in Afghanistan. Amid talk of a longer US presence there, Obama runs the risk of alienating his base. A damaging primary challenge from the left is not unthinkable.
President Obama has to worry both about the newly empowered Republicans and about the possibility of a primary challenger from his left. Sen. Russ Feingold is one name that has come up, although a spokesman has denied such plans currently.
To avoid gridlock, he will need to master a new political reality – and win a battle of public perception.
Journalist Kate Zernike says that many readers of "Boiling Mad" are surprised to discover that the tea partyers sound and look a lot like their neighbors.
Are the Democrats a party in desperate need of an ideology?
FDR won support with his radio chats, and Kennedy took to TV. Now 'tea party' groups are tapping Twitter.