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Tea Parties Targeted for 2010

It seems that the intellectual stuffed shirts, both liberal and conservative, have placed the Tea Party movement directly in the crosshairs in anticipation of this year's mid-term elections.

This morning, from John Fund:

Without delay, campaign strategists are advising Democratic clients to use bloggers, phone banks, direct mail and canvassers to try to create a negative impression of their GOP opponents. Labeling their GOP candidates as being part of the Sarah Palin or Tea Party wing of the GOP will be the key element.

Yesterday, from MSDNC's MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Every single "teabagger" in America is white

Monday, from New York Times "conservative" opinion writer David Brooks: "The Tea Party Teens"

I might as well include this recent nugget of wisdom from NBC's Andrea Mitchell:

But there's an anger out there, and I have not seen it since my very first campaign, which was 1968 and George Wallace. And that is the angry populism which is not fact-based, it's just furious at everybody; angry at Democrats, at Republicans.

Her lame attempt to tie the Tea Party movement to southern Jim Crow racism aside, Andrea Mitchell's "not fact-based" comment is actually worth pondering, because if it is taken at face value it seems to illustrate that the mainstream media (and by extension, the Democratic Party) has deliberately chosen to ignore the actual message of the Tea Party protesters in favor of their standard "all conservatives are idiots" template. Any semi-intelligent reporter who attends a Tea Party rally would be overwhelmed by facts related to out of control taxation, government spending, and government regulation. The Tea Party movement may not have MSNBC-approved solutions to these problems, but it is certainly not short on facts.

The American people are also deeply aware of the vast separation between what Democrats promised (openness, transparency, honesty, ethics, accountability) and what they have delivered, particularly with respect to health care "reform." Speaker Pelosi's effort to rebuff C-SPAN's request to televise House/Senate health care bill negotiations by downplaying President Obama's campaign promises of open, televised health care debates is only the latest of a string of promises deliberately broken by Democrats as they seek to cram their agenda down the throats of the American people, regardless of what we really want.

If "Smear the "Teabaggers" is really going to be the main DNC campaign strategy, then the national Democratic leadership will be genuinely stunned come November, when they discover just how badly they have misjudged the American people.


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Two Senate leaders, Dorgan ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Two Senate leaders, Dorgan and Dodd, have already seen the writing on the wall and have said to hell with it before the voters pulled the lever to send their vociferous condemnation of their political choices. Dorgan announced yesterday, Dodd will sometime today.

"Can you hear me know?" is going to be a campaign theme, mark my words.

Look only the left can prot... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Look only the left can protest.
The left can call people Nazi
They can burn flags, destroy private property
Trash a city, assault people.
Throw paint on clothes
Break into labs and "FREE" animals
Throw pies
chant when anyone speaks.
It ok because they are doing it for the greater good.

Conservatives are evil, stupid racist.
If they do have black well they are just Uncle Tom.
As far as Taxes they will tell you


"I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization."

Therefore any Tea Party that wants to limit the governments ability to Tax people are being uncivilized after all who says you have the ability to keep what you earn.
Did you really earn it anyway? You were just lucky to make that money and you should share with the unlucky. In fact let me take your money and do charity work with it.

Enumerated Powers be dammed.


While the Tea Party movemen... (Below threshold)
James H:

While the Tea Party movement is largely a right-wing phenomenon, I think they are giving voice to frustration felt across the political spectrum.

NPR the other day reported a disturbing statistic. In the coming year, greatest job growth is expected in higher-end, high-paying jobs on the one hand and in low-wage, unskilled jobs on the other. Which means that if you have either a bachelor's degree or significant experience in a traditionally middle-class, middle-paying job, you're screwed.

Meanwhile, as Brooks pointed out, the overeducated finance types on Wall Street royally screwed the pooch and stuck the rest of the the country with the bill. And in a display of chutzpah, they want to keep conducting business as they always have!

And all of this royally sucks whether you're conservative or liberal. No wonder people are getting pissed.

The Republican RINO/elites ... (Below threshold)
Frosty:

The Republican RINO/elites are also "targeting" the Tea Partiers.

"The Republican RINO/... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

"The Republican RINO/elites are also "targeting" the Tea Partiers."

It is no wonder that elites of any color are worried, because those very same elites believe they alone are above the law and it is for that reason they are the real targets for the Tea Party wrath.

It is interesting that ever... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

It is interesting that ever since the rise of the Tea Party movement, you hear less and less of a possible Chris Matthews run for office.

I just received an email fr... (Below threshold)

I just received an email from the "Tea Party Patriots" of Florida warning that a DEMOCRATIC political operative has filed to start an independent political party in the state labeled the "Florida Tea Party". According to the email he is threatening action against anyone using the name. This also means that he will be able to issue all sorts of statements and releases under the Tea Party name. Somehow, I don't think the St. Pete Times will take much notice of the source.

Exactly SShiell! ... (Below threshold)
Frosty:

Exactly SShiell!

Don't let the Democraps try and form any fake "populist" coalitions -- they'll stab us in the back when they get the chance.

So the dem strategy for 201... (Below threshold)
Hank:

So the dem strategy for 2010 is to demonize yet again.

Is there some reason they cannot campaign based on their accomplishments?

Hank:Please don't ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Hank:

Please don't pretend the Republicans are pure and lily-white in the "demonize the opponents" camp. Some of us remember Elizabeth Dole's "Godless" ads.

"Is there some reason th... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Is there some reason they cannot campaign based on their accomplishments?"

That's a rhetorical question, right?

Hank: "Is there some reason... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Hank: "Is there some reason they cannot campaign based on their accomplishments?"

or on their ideas, eh?

Isolate and demonize...straight out of "Rules for Radicals".

EVERYONE attending Tea Parties this year must take a camera and film as much as possible! Guaranteed that the Left will incite violence and blame it on the Tea Party folks...GUARANTEED!

It just might be we have th... (Below threshold)
Matt:

It just might be we have the "Elites" on the run. I think the fear of a populist uprising such as the tea parties are the only true bipartinship goins on in congress right now. Both parties have been so disconnected from the voters for so long, they truly fear an informed, active electorate.

It just might be w... (Below threshold)
James H:
It just might be we have the "Elites" on the run. I think the fear of a populist uprising such as the tea parties are the only true bipartinship goins on in congress right now. Both parties have been so disconnected from the voters for so long, they truly fear an informed, active electorate.

I'll offer qualified support for this statement. There does seem to be a certain disconnect between the governing class and the governed. Part of the issue, I think, is that there's a lack of communication. There might be good reason to enact this or that, but the governing class is doing a lousy job of communicating the rationale to the rest of the country.

James H, I have no illusion... (Below threshold)
Hank:

James H, I have no illusions that the repubs are above reproach. (I decided not to use your term lily-white, since it correctly refers to the MSNBC cast)

And Oyster, yes. Although Obama supporters like to spout that the dems saved us from a grave depression. Other accomplishments are hard to define.

I hope those "intellectual ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I hope those "intellectual elites" keep on smearing the Tea Party. Then we can watch them weep come November, as they pull the torches and pitchforks out of their collective asses.

I like this quote from the ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I like this quote from the Fund article:

Democrats are reportedly busy devising a strategy as a firewall against a citizen revolt at the polls. Rather than emphasize their party's accomplishments, they will attack Republicans for wanting to restore the discredited Bush era.

The recession started in December 2007, 11 months after the Democrats took over both houses of Congress. It seems to me that the Republicans can easily counter that since the Democrats took over the government:

Unemployment went from 4.6% to 10%
Federal Debt went from $8.7T to $12.3T
Federal Deficit as pct of GDP went from 1.17% to 12.54%
CPI (inflation) went from 203 to 217

If the Democrats want to run on their economic record for the last three years, I say let them.

JH: " Meanwhile, as Broo... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

JH: " Meanwhile, as Brooks pointed out, the overeducated finance types on Wall Street royally screwed the pooch and stuck the rest of the the country with the bill. "

Well, that's incorrect, or at least incomplete.

It was the 'Educated Class' types on Wall Street AND Pennsylvania Avenue AND Capitol Hill who screwed the pooch and stuck the rest of the country with the bill.

I attend Tea Party's AND ta... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I attend Tea Party's AND take picture after picture. They definitely do not act like the MSM portray us. The party's are mostly positive and fun while at the same time encouraging to keep going. This anger and "hate" the liberals like to use is a plain lie. I encourage everyone to attend one. I also agree with another commenter in that it is not just conservatives and republicans at these meets. Many a democrat is there with their identifying pin. ww

"If "Smear the "Teabaggers"... (Below threshold)
Grace:

"If "Smear the "Teabaggers" is really going to be the main DNC campaign strategy, then the national Democratic leadership will be genuinely stunned come November, when they discover just how badly they have misjudged the American people." - AMEN


The truth is that the elites cannot seem to believe what people tell them.
They don't believe the terrorists who say they want to destroy us and our way of life. Instead they hear something akin to; you just don't understand us.

They don't believe the American people who have been screaming at them to stop spending our future and our children's future; We love this country, please stop trying to change it.

Instead, they live in a bubble of their own making where they only hear themselves. Yes, come November, that bubble-burst might finally let them hear clearly.

Who cares what they hear? J... (Below threshold)
914:

Who cares what they hear? Just so they are the hell out of there and can do no more damage.

Ref #3. You hit the nail o... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

Ref #3. You hit the nail on that. If you have time, pick a mid size city in any state, read the comments on their local newspaper. People are waking up, from both parties.

The very few idiots who do carry stupid signs at the rallies are hurting the movement. The average taxpayer is more than mad, they are pissed. Both parties are to blame, the only difference between them is the names.

And we had better get it corrected in this next election, or we taxpayers will be screwed for quite awhile.

Any semi-intellige... (Below threshold)
jp2:
Any semi-intelligent reporter who attends a Tea Party rally would be overwhelmed by facts related to out of control taxation, government spending, and government regulation.

I doubt you would find many people who could express such things at a radical-right rally. You would have to put up with a lot of Nazi-Socialism-Racism-Violent imagery before finding one.

But more importantly, it's impossible to take your kind seriously when you only care when a Democrat is in office. It's transparent and pathetic.

But more important... (Below threshold)
Eric:
But more importantly, it's impossible to take your kind seriously when you only care when a Democrat is in office. It's transparent and pathetic.

JP2, Democrats complained loudly about Bush's spending. Now they are quiet when the spending is so much worse. So how can we take your kind seriously when you only care when a Republican is in office?

"a lot of Nazi-Socialism-Ra... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"a lot of Nazi-Socialism-Racism-Violent imagery"

Proof; or go away.

And no, one pic of a LaRouche Lefty or non-Tea Party plant does not count.

"JP2, Democrats complained ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"JP2, Democrats complained loudly about Bush's spending"

So didn't a lot or repubs and conservatives which is why the dems regained control of congress in 2006.

Face it, repubs and conservatives hold their own accountable. Dems NEVER do.

"I doubt you would find man... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

"I doubt you would find many people who could express such things at a radical-right rally. You would have to put up with a lot of Nazi-Socialism-Racism-Violent imagery before finding one."

As near as I can tell, Tea Party rallies are not radical right anything. They are far better behaved and a great deal less partisan than the engineered stagecraft of the left. So far, the only arrests have been lefties, the only violence has come from lefty union thugs, the only racism has been from the left against black victims, and the rejection of Socialism is what the demonstrations are all about in the first place. So please spare me your phony rhetoric.

"But more importantly, it's impossible to take your kind seriously when you only care when a Democrat is in office. It's transparent and pathetic."

More importantly, as a member of the "Educated Class", you wouldn't take a populist movement seriously in any event. You can't bring yourself to consider that maybe we're really mad about the destruction of our economy, the loss of our representation in our own government, and the administration's pantywaist approach to national security in the middle of a war. What's transparent is that maybe you're going to have your sneering rights taken away come next November and face the prospect of a one term Democrat presidency.

Theres a conservative movme... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Theres a conservative movment going on in this nation that the aristicratic snobs in WASHINGTON D.C. have sniffed their little snoots at for too long and in our next election it could lead to a few heads rolling

Bobdog:At the star... (Below threshold)
James H:

Bobdog:

At the start, I did not take the tea party movement seriously. Early on, I thought they were just a fringe movement in the same column as the birthers. But in the last few months, they've shown themsleves to be a strong, highly motivated political force.

I still disagree vehemently with the Tea Party faction. I will likely vote against any candidate they endorse. But, I do respect the influence they wield. And I also understand they reflect the anger and helplessness that people across the political spectrum feel.

URD, you are an absurd bafo... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

URD, you are an absurd bafoon. I will play along. This guy acts like an ignorant jerk and gets thrown out. Okay. Your guy is acting like an inexperienced jerk, please throw him out.

The liberals and dem leadership took a huge hit by denigrating the citizens at these rallies. So, please keep doing it. Call us nazi's, racists, etc., that is one of the reasons Obama is where he is in the polls.

God bless the Tea Party's for telling it like it is. When I went, I only heard fact after fact and solutions offered. The attendee's are all hard working americans that are tired of the elite politicians abusing their power.

Obama is and shall continue to be an abismal failure. ww

I've had conversations with... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

I've had conversations with Democrats where they fully acknowledge Obama lied in many areas during his campaign, but they defend him by saying "We are in power now, regardless of what he does or says". That illustrates how idiotic most Democrats are. No spine, no sense of integrity. We are powerless until we can get some decent conservatives to run for office and win. That is vital to our country and the American people who do not want a socialist government.
Madalyn

SAUD I guess you didn't bot... (Below threshold)
Eric:

SAUD I guess you didn't bother to read the part that said, "Update: Josh Parker of the Houston Tea Party Society tells me that Robertson was booted out of the event for this sign."


No one denies that kooks and racist nut jobs exist or attend rallies. The Left implies however, that they are the rule instead of the exception.

They apply a complete double standard. When a left wing nutjob does something, the left spins that he's just a lone nutter and isn't representative of anything. When a right wing nutjob does something, then the left uses it to paint all of the right wing.

Its almost sad to watch the... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

Its almost sad to watch the dems mis-read the situation so badly.

Do you all serve scones at ... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Do you all serve scones at your tea parties? If so, I might show up.

Most people who argue polit... (Below threshold)
Clay Barham:

Most people who argue politics get angry because they really do not have a handle on their subject, though a strong feeling. It is easier to gain confidence than you think. Just look at the roots to understand the whole tree. Answers or, better, questions, flow easily when the roots are clear. There are only two sides to a political argument. One side says community interests are more important than are individual interests, and the reverse is the other side, as cited on claysamerica.com. Look at this site and take the ten simple steps to have a clear and confidant vision from which all issues are easily grasped and discussed. Claysamerica.com

Without delay, campaign ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Without delay, campaign strategists are advising Democratic clients to use bloggers, phone banks, direct mail and canvassers to try to create a negative impression of their GOP opponents. Labeling their GOP candidates as being part of the Sarah Palin or Tea Party wing of the GOP will be the key element.

Bring it on, c--ksuckers. Like a knife to a gun fight.

GO teabaggers!Pali... (Below threshold)
Indie:

GO teabaggers!

Palin/Beck 2012.

WhooooHoo.

There is a disconnect betwe... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

There is a disconnect between the governed and the governing?? Ya think?? Lack of communication??

If I don't pay, or I cheat on my taxes I go to jail.
If I ran a gay escort service out of my house, I go to jail.
If I stole and spent my employees retirement or medical saving programs, I go to jail.
If I lie under oath, I go to jail.
If I show up to work drunk, I get fired.
If I don't show up to work I get fired.
If I show up to work and don't produce, (present) I get fired.
If I visit, give comfort to, and provide support to a known criminal I go to jail.
If I hire a gang of known crooks, thieves, tax evaders, incompetents, liars, known racists, communists, marxists, socialists ad naseum - law enforcement would crawl up my butt and die.

Aren't these some of the perks of being an elected official??




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