You’re Jealous Again
The Washington Examiner makes a point that I’m seeing on a lot of conservative blogs, alleging “mean-spirited” attacks against Tea Parties due to “the failure of efforts to turn out large crowds in support of the chief executive’s $787 billion economic stimulus package and $3.6 trillion 2010 federal budget.”
The recent “New Way Forward” gathering here in D.C., for example, was heralded by organizers as the first of a wave of counter-Tea Party Protests, but barely a dozen people turned out. Similarly, much-publicized efforts to use the 13-million email addresses compiled by the Obama campaign to generate pressure on Congress barely caused a ripple, much less a wave of support for the Obama budget
But … didn’t the stimulus bill pass? And didn’t the budget blueprint pass, too? That would seem to be the barometer for Tea Party success or failure, not the relative activity of liberal activists. I think liberal protests in support of government policy are ill-advised, just as conservative pro-Bush protests were ill-advised in most circumstances during the Bush presidency, but liberal derision of the Tea Parties doesn’t at all seem to be rooted in jealousy or fear.
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