In the past few days we’ve been drenched a tidal wave of conflicting messages about the Tea Party. For instance, someone, somewhere has decided to try to save Sarah Palin’s career. As an example of this, YahooNews ran a love letter to her in the guise of “opinion” just the other day. The writer never got down to specifics — possibly because there are none — but instead waxed poetic about how Palin just oozes liberty and justice and holy inspiration, and about how moving her movie was (yes, so moving that people probably moved away from theaters to get away from it), and how anyone who hates her is afflicted with “Palin Derangement Syndrome.” How hopelessly unoriginal, particularly in the face of the far more real Obama Derangement Syndrome that has been used as feed for an entire movement — the Tea Party, such as it is.
And it’s the Koch-backed Tea Party I am talking about here. In the last few days they have had enough ups and downs in the media to knock anyone permanently dizzy, leaving alone the fact that they were dizzy to begin with.
Of course there’s the fact that a Koch brother was caught on audio saying something about launching “the mother of all wars” against the Obama administration during the reelection campaign next year. The left were outraged; the right just probably silently nodded their noggins. I was left wondering just why such an untantalizing figure would directly quote a hated, deposed and hanged dictator, while hiding behind an Astroturf populist political party of his own creation. Seemed rather ironic, if not just plain stupid.
And then we heard that Palin’s speech the other day drew a bigger audience than did Romney’s in the same state. This was designed to scare moderate Republicans into kissing the Tea Party’s collective ass, when it is the size of that ass that has come under question. Interestingly, it was hard to pin down just how big Palin’s audience was. But then the amateur videos started to leak out and seemed to indicate that if there were not an historic, possibly life-threatening stampede out of the venue after she spoke (which was before the keynote speaker of the event spoke), then the audience couldn’t have been very big to start with.
And then there was James Hoffa referring to the Tea Party as “sons of bitches,” and the immediate joke that this had shocked the teabaggers so badly that they dropped their “Obama is Hitler” signs. Certainly, after scrambling to pick the signs up, they started whining about threats of violence against them. Never mind that one of their own tools has been threats of violence.
And then, of course, came one of those ubiquitous surveys saying that approval of the Tea Party is at an all-time low, and at least one left-wing blog announced that we are witnessing its death. Got news for you: it seems like the majority of the U.S. public has never heard of the Tea Party (and/or is not sure what the hell the Tea Party is). So who were the survey-takers asking?
And tell me, even if it’s true that the Tea Party is dying, how does an Astroturf faux party die? I think it will merely change its name and become yet another bogie man to scare moderate Republicans to the right. There is too much at stake here for the Koch brothers and their ilk to give up that easily.
The only way to end this game is to keep coming out with the truth. And the truths are these: the Tea Party is not real, so let’s stop examining it as if it were. Sarah Palin is nothing more than a publicity whore. And the Kochs are behind the whole thing. Why? Because they think the life of an Untouchable in India is good enough for 98% of us.
And in this case, the mother of all sons of bitches is nothing more than publicity. If you don’t pay attention to the Tea Party or Palin, they are finished. The Kochs, operating in the shadows, are another deal altogether, but the answer there is to expose them at every opportunity.
It is possible, folks, but we just have to keep looking at the man behind the curtain and not so much at the curtain itself.
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