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Hoyer: Childhood Angst Makes Tea Partiers Unwilling to Compromise

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) has discovered a new way that happy families are all alike: they don’t produce Tea Partiers.  Via Investor’s Business Daily, here’s Hoyer’s psychological analysis of the Tea Party:

There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.

Clearly, Hoyer was not the eldest child in his family, or if he was, he did a lousy job of keeping the younger ones in order.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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