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South Carolina Senator Lindsey "Huckleberry" Graham talks to the NY Times.... about the Tea Party movement....
“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement’s at,” Graham said..... On four occasions, Graham met with Tea Party groups. The first, in his Senate office, was “very, very contentious,” he recalled. During a later meeting, in Charleston, Graham said he challenged them: “ ‘What do you want to do? You take back your country — and do what with it?’ . . . Everybody went from being kind of hostile to just dead silent.”
“The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.” Now he said, in a tone of casual lament: “We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.” Chortling, he added, “Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today.”
The Reverend has been harsh on the Tea Partys, and for good reason.
The "tell" on these so-called patriotic groups hellbent to "take their country back" was when their protests began.
America's first black president, Democrat Barack Obama, defeated his opponent, John McCain, the first week of November 2008. Obama took 53% of the popular vote and 365 electoral votes. Suffice it to say, the election was not close. America had made a clear decision.
Obama, officially, took up his presidential office on January 20, 2009.
On February 13, 2009, approximately three weeks after Obama was inaugurated as president, the "stimulus" legislation was passed and reconciled by Congress with only 3 Republican votes. Obama signed the stimulus bill into law February 17, 2009.
February 19, 2009.....the farcical Rick Santelli of CNBC calls for a "Chicago Tea Party" to protest any suggestions by the Obama administration over reducing the principle (cramdown) on tens of thousands of 'in-trouble' mortgages.....
In PR terms, his February 19th call for a “Chicago Tea Party” was the launch event of a carefully organized and sophisticated PR campaign, one in which Santelli served as a frontman, using the CNBC airwaves for publicity, for the some of the craziest and sleaziest rightwing oligarch clans this country has ever produced. Namely, the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks.
On February 21, 2009....we find Michelle Malkin, an extremely conservative blogger and frequent guest on Fox News programs, opening her blogpost, "Tea Party USA: The Movement Grows", with this....
Seattle on Monday. Denver on Tuesday. Mesa AZ on Wednesday. Overland Park, Kansas today. What a week, huh? We got the anti-stimulus, anti-entitlement protest ball rolling — and now the movement, spurred further by CNBC host Rick Santelli’s call for a “Chicago Tea Party,” is really taking off.
February 22, 2009....Obama gives his first address to Congress.
February 23, 2009 Wall Street Journal.....
Industries from health care to agribusiness to mining that stand to lose under President Barack Obama's policy agenda are ramping up lobbying campaigns to derail or modify his plans.
Opinion polls indicate that Mr. Obama's broad goals enjoy popular support. But crucial details of the president's agenda will be decided in coming months by close-in legislative fighting, where big industries and the members of Congress that support them have plenty of clout.
On February 27th, (2009) an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities accross the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.
Summarizing: Obama's policies were embraced by the American people. That's why he was elected by such a wide margin. Huge business and corporate interests, however, realized early that if average Americans were helped by a new Democratic president as outlined in his campaign promises and his February 22, 2009 address to Congress....it would threaten those corporations' profits.
Corporate money became instantly available for public relations campaigns in opposition to Obama's policies. Rick Santelli, a corporate tool, "kicked off" that PR campaign on February 21, and the "grassroots", FreedomWorks (and others)-sponsored, Tea Partys were born.
The reason that Lindsey Graham said yesterday that the Tea Partyers couldn't "come up with coherent" ideas for governing the country and would probably "die off".....is because the Tea Partys never were a "grassroots" movement. True grassroots movements have ideas and policy proposals. Instead, the T-Partys were a product of corporate-funded organizers taking advantage of the animosity....the craziness....evidenced in the extreme-right rhetoric from attendees of Sarah Palin's events during the presidential campaign.
Tea Party members have scambled ever since to put a coherent face on their sore-loserdom beginning......as well as their being used as a tool by corporate deception artists. But as Graham said yesterday....it's simply not taking hold....the Partyers still have no coherent reason for being, other than to carry out the bidding, knowingly or unknowingly, of huge multi-national American corporations.