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The Tea Parties Are No 'Great Awakening'
WSJ ^ | 01`710 | Thomas Frank

Posted on 02/17/2010 11:18:04 AM PST by Fred

How glorious is the tea-party movement? Some talk of its purity of heart, its patriotic spontaneity, and its abundance of republican virtue. To hear others tell it, the movement is but a few steps away from sacred.

After attending the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, the prominent blogger Glenn Reynolds wrote last week in the Washington Examiner that the movement amounted to "America's Third Great Awakening," a massive popular rising against "politicians and parties" that have "grown corrupt, venal and out-of-touch."

How strange, then, that this flowering of populist integrity should have been tended and pruned and succored by a group of Beltway operators known primarily for their venality and insider power.

Two weeks ago, the Washington Post sketched out a blueprint of the movement's leadership, naming the players and the organizations who have made the right's resurgence possible. It focused in particular on a shadowy but influential new outfit called the Conservative Action Project, which reportedly works to coordinate the movement's far-flung organizations, bloggers and publishers.

What struck me about the Post's story was the familiarity of it all. In particular, I kept being reminded of that ultimate conservative insider, the now-imprisoned superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, and the work he did on behalf of the Northern Marianas Islands, where garment factories churned out "Made in the USA" clothing under re-education camp conditions.

The object of Mr. Abramoff's lobbying, you will recall, was to protect that peculiar economic arrangement from federal meddling, a task his firm accomplished by bringing politicians, staffers and media types on trips to the tropical Marianas and urging them to understand the situation as a matter of "liberty" versus big government tyranny.

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: corruption; elections; gravytrain; hijacked

1 posted on 02/17/2010 11:18:06 AM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

Frank is TWSJ’s liberal housepet. He replaced Mr. Judy Woodruff.


2 posted on 02/17/2010 11:23:11 AM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Fred

They desparately hope to find strings to cut.


3 posted on 02/17/2010 11:24:22 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Fred

LOL ... Horse hockey, it’s played with BS.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 11:25:42 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Fred

Heh, so a leftist doesn’t like the Tea Party movement and wants to personalize it by declaring some people leaders and then showing them unworthy. What a surprise. Not.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 11:26:07 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: Fred

Well maybe there are “shadowy leaders” in DC, but we haven’t seen or heard from them in my part of the world. And it would be best if they stayed away, we are happy with our independent, local uprising and intent to keep it out of either Party, or either party’s “shadowy leaders”. One of our greatest strenght is our lack of defined leadership, you can’t cut off our head, there are too many.


6 posted on 02/17/2010 11:26:31 AM PST by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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To: Fred
Screw him!

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7 posted on 02/17/2010 11:27:08 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Fred

Oh, please, not Thomas Frank. What a tool. The WSJ went a long peaceful time without a token Leftist and I hoped Al Hunt wouldn’t be replaced. Spare us his brain farts next time.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 11:27:08 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Fred

The Tea Party movement is really just a rebranding of the Ross Perot/Reform Party movement. Right-wing populism has a long history in this country; some of it a very noble history, some of it not so much.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 11:27:18 AM PST by Wolfstar (Note to rigid ideologues: Your own point of view in a mirror is quite a limited window on the world.)
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To: Fred

http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2010/02/17/clinton-plotting-tea-party-counterattack/

Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)

Big Government has also learned that James Carville will head up the effort.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 11:28:35 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Fred

I beg to differ and liken it more to a tsunami. A wave that kinda sneaks up on you. But time will tell.


11 posted on 02/17/2010 11:29:00 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Fred

Thomas Frank should stick to topics he knows something about - like Kansas.


12 posted on 02/17/2010 11:29:13 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: Wolfstar

The Tea Party movement is really just a rebranding of the Ross Perot/Reform Party movement.
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Other than having nothing to do with Ross Perot or his party.


13 posted on 02/17/2010 11:30:17 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: Fred

If these weasels aren’t talking about Sarah - they’re talking about the TeaParty movement. Warning Republicans to watch out and how irrelevant they are! Too funny.

Meanwhile, who really is Barry?


14 posted on 02/17/2010 11:32:51 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Wolfstar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZB4taSEoA

Rick Santelli and the “Rant of the Year”

(zero to do with Perot)


15 posted on 02/17/2010 11:33:36 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Wolfstar

Maybe for some but I wasn’t particularly interested in politics then and remember the Dana Carvey sketches more than the man himself. I have no idea what this has to do with Perot, though since I don’t know anyone who plans on starting a third party.

Cindie


16 posted on 02/17/2010 11:34:10 AM PST by gardencatz (Proud mom US Marine! It can't always be someone else's son.)
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To: ETL

It’s encouraging to see these type billboards popping up all over the US. Don’t live in that area anymore, but I know that exit very well.


17 posted on 02/17/2010 11:36:14 AM PST by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: clintonh8r

They are scared, very scared. I don’t know how much the TPM helped Brown in MA, but they think it was huge and it scares the bejeebers out them. Their only recourse is to try and tie the TPM to radical right militia groups and imprisoned lobbyists to scare off the independents.

I find it interesting in one article the TPM is made up of a bunch of little far right extremist groups up in the mountains of Idaho somewhere and in the next article they are the brainchild of a well organized ultra conservative cabal working out of Washington and certain federal prisons.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 11:37:18 AM PST by redangus
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To: Wolfstar

Really? I don’t remember millions throughout the country holding rally’s and attending TownHall meetings during MrChickenPerot’s little media blitz.

Why haven’t we heard from him during this Marxist take over of our country? Patriot, NOT!!


19 posted on 02/17/2010 11:37:44 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Fred

There sure are a lot of Tea Party bashing articles today. Someone must have been busy on their email account last week getting the script out.


20 posted on 02/17/2010 11:38:34 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Fred
Thomas Frank?! LOL!

21 posted on 02/17/2010 11:49:40 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Fred

The Oligarchy getting antsy when the peons and peasants start gettin uppity....


22 posted on 02/17/2010 11:50:34 AM PST by mo
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To: Fred

Okey dokey, Tommy boy. You go back to sleep. We’ll take it from here.


23 posted on 02/17/2010 11:52:38 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Fred

It is just a reflection of the 4th Great Awakening in America.


24 posted on 02/17/2010 12:08:13 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Fred

The socialists on both sides of the aisle are looking for a label - we know why.


25 posted on 02/17/2010 12:15:13 PM PST by CowboyJay
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To: Fred

What a liar and buffoon this Frank guy is. There is nothing astroturfed about Tea Partiers. In fact, I know some long time Republicans who after years of spending and the GOP losing their way, got discouraged and went on their own way. The Tea Party movement, spawned by even worse irresponsible behavior, got these people involved again; from attending summer town halls, to donating cash to campaigns, to volunteering for campaigns.


26 posted on 02/17/2010 12:19:25 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: roses of sharon

“Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)” ~ roses of sharon

Big Government has also learned that James Carville will head up the effort.

See:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2453479/posts?page=23#23


27 posted on 02/17/2010 12:20:11 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: Fred

The reason we haven’t heard more in this respect, I suspect, is because deep down it doesn’t offend. The history of conservative idealism is, in some ways, a history of lobbying, of ever-more inventive schemes to make politics answer to money.”

Puleeze. Now that’s rich. That the TP movement is nothing but a giant money making scheme brought to you courtesy of the vast right wing conspiracy. And this coming from the same folks who label us rubes in flyover as gun-totin’, bible-thumpin paranoids.

Well, Mr. Frank, who looks like the parnoid schizo now?


28 posted on 02/17/2010 12:21:05 PM PST by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: Matchett-PI

Stop and or contain infiltration of the left and or the RINOs (as in McGlowan)


29 posted on 02/17/2010 1:12:04 PM PST by Fred (For Freedom)
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To: gardencatz

True Tea Party supporters don’t want a “third party”. They want the current parties to clean themselves up and remember the constitution and founding fathers.

It would be a travesty to allow this wonderful movement of Americans who proclaim that they are weary of the partisanship, weary of the finger pointing and grandstanding and want simply for America to be the great and wonderful dream that our forefathers dreamed and died for to slide into oblivion over some inflated egos.

My fear with regard to the Tea Party movement was that it would attempt to become a “party” with all the negatives that come with that connotation. The Tea Party is a philosophy. The movement is a group of people that have come together in support of that philosophy to rescue what is left of our great nation.

To let it become another “party”, ponderous with bureaucracy, in-fighting, and egos that the current two parties allow to bog them down will stop the movement in its tracks.


30 posted on 02/22/2010 4:07:39 PM PST by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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