Posted by: Rick | Saturday, April 24, 2010

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Teabaggers?

Or Florida ‘baggers.  Or California ‘baggers.  They’re all just Republicans.  No less an authority than Newt Gingrich reveals the plain truth about the Tea Party:

Gingrich said the movement is a “natural expression of frustration with Republicans and anger at Democrats,” which is “more likely to end up as the militant wing of the Republican Party” than as an independent or third party.

Gee, ya think?  This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone except certain clueless members of the media, who seem determined to perpetuate the myth that Tea Partiers are smart, nonpartisan thinkers.  They’re not.  They’re simply Republican Obama-haters no different from the Clinton-haters of the nineties:

At rallies, Tea Party supporters often nod to President Bush’s role in creating the deficit.  Yet in the poll, 57 percent of them view Mr. Bush favorably — about the same percentage in the general population that has an unfavorable view.

In the new world led by President Obama, Mr. Bush is apparently a figure these new populists can pine for.

Teabaggers were silent when Bush was running up his war-and-tax-cut deficits.  He was their hero then, and he’s their hero now.  That’s because most of them refuse to believe that his dark-skinned successor is even an American citizen, let alone that he’s their legitimate president (polling here.)  These are the same people who used to run around claiming that Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster on a grassy knoll in Washington.  No one should take them seriously.

Republicans will probably benefit from the Tea Party this fall.  Teabaggers have a lot of self-righteous energy, and they can’t wait to get to the polls.  But because all their energy flows from their hatred of Barack Obama, their movement has no substance.  If President Mitt Romney were to take power, they would worship him as blindly as they once worshipped Bush the Decider.  In the meantime, Democrats should take every opportunity to portray the Tea Party as a malign and dominant force within the GOP.  

As long as Obama is president, teabaggers will be just a shot away from going too far and taking Republicans down the drain.

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