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Friday, October 1, 2010

How Democrats Characterize Tea Partiers & Their Sympathizers

In its lead staff editorial Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal provided some precious quotes from Wonderboy and John Kerry excoriating voters for their lack of intelligence, ability to be duped, racism, extremism and bigotry.

Specifically, the piece noted,

"Said Mr. Kerry, "We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening."

Ah, this would be the Cass Sunstein school of thought, i.e., identifying voters and consumers as Homer Simpson types- his exact reference- who need to have decisions made for them. Because they are too stupid to exercise their own freedom of choice.

Then it continued,

"This week President Obama chimed in with another uplifting message about the American electorate. Mr. Obama told Rolling Stone that the tea party movement is financed and directed by "powerful, special-interest lobbies." But this doesn't mean that tea party groups are composed entirely of corporate puppets. Mr. Obama graciously implied that a small subset of the movement is simply motivated by bigotry.

The President said "there are probably some aspects of the Tea Party that are a little darker, that have to do with anti-immigrant sentiment or are troubled by what I represent as the President." The tea party is now supported by a third of the country in some polls."

Nice, huh? Anyone who disagrees with Wonderboy is either a powerful, special interest lobby. Like, oh, SEIU or the UAW?

No, no. Those sorts of powerful special interest lobbies are okay. It's the ones that disagree with the First Rookie who are suspect and, well, guilty of being bad.

But if you aren't in that group, then you're probably just a stupid bigot or anti-immigration pitch-fork type. You know, someone who maybe clings to "your guns or religion." Remember that precious campaign remark by Wonderboy?

Of course, the remark about resenting what he 'represents as President' is a thinly-veiled accusation of anti-black racism. You can't disagree with his policies, in his view, because that is simply being bigoted.

You either agree with everything Wonderboy says and does, or you are a racist.

See how easy that is?

Tea Party= disagree with Wonderboy = racists.

The editorial noted that at least Biden wasn't crying about the Tea Partiers, instead sounding this theme,

Vice President Joe Biden recently urged the party's base to "stop whining" and "buck up," a message echoed by Mr. Obama in his Rolling Stone interview. The President demanded that his supporters "shake off this lethargy," warning that it would be "inexcusable" for liberals to stay home on Election Day.

Mr. Obama added that "if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place." Making the case for left-wing voters to show up in November, Mr. Obama told Rolling Stone that he is presiding over "the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward."

And that calls to mind something I've seen on two cable news programs in the last two days. Democrats, whether party leaders, elected officials, or merely 'strategists,' all claiming two things as "facts,"
1. Recent polls actually show little in the way of Democratic House losses.
2. Anything can happen in five weeks. It's a lifetime in politics. So all these polls are meaningless.
Both sentiments are calculated to do one thing, and one thing only. Lie about reality and inspire Democrats to get out and vote. If Democrats see a lopsided, independents-led landslide for GOP candidates at all levels, they will feel powerless and just stay home on election day.
It's one thing to mobilize your base in a positive sense, as Wonderboy is at least doing. It's quite another to lie to an audience, as Pennsylvania's Democratic governor, Ed Rendell, did on CNBC Wednesday morning, and simply claim that polls are meaningless and the Democrats aren't in trouble at all.

I guess the conclusion you must draw is that, when a political rout is likely, you have to assume the party about to be routed will simply lie about anything in order to try to mislead the public at large and, especially, its own party base.

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