The 22nd Anniversary Of Read My Hips
Although we didn't realize it at the time, the seeds of the tea party were sown 22 years ago this week when George H.W. Bush decided that revenue increases should be part of a budget deal.
One of the most interesting things about this moment is that Republicans want to have it both ways. First, they insist that this deal means that Bush 41 and the GOP deserve much of the credit for the reduced deficit that occurred during the Clinton administration. Second, they also insist that, because it included a tax increase, the deal was an abomination.
Here's what I said about this "momentous" moment in U.S. political and history on NPR.