The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, ensuring that the government will not shut down. Both tea party conservatives AND populist liberals led by Elizabeth Warren opposed the measure. So did every potential presidential candidate in the Senate of both parties .
(Question: The Republicans have the tea party, who attack the GOP establishment for its lack of orthodoxy and ties to crony capitalism, to the point of being willing to shut down the government. What do we call the equivalent on the left, who attack the Democratic establishment and are willing to shut down the government? The chai party? Propose something, and maybe it will catch on. [Read more...]