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The Tea Party: Populism of the privileged (Wa-Poo Libtard Vile Rant Double Bag Barf Alert)
Washington comPost ^ | April 19, 2010 | E.J. Dionne Jr.

Posted on 04/19/2010 2:29:25 AM PDT by Zakeet

The Tea Party is nothing new. It represents a relatively small minority of Americans on the right end of politics, and it will not determine the outcome of the 2010 elections.

In fact, both major parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that this media-created protest movement is the voice of true populism. Democrats will spend their time chasing votes they will never win. Republicans will turn their party into an angry and narrow redoubt with no hope of building a durable majority.

The news media's incessant focus on the Tea Party is creating a badly distorted picture of what most Americans think and is warping our policy debates. The New York Times and CBS News thus performed a public service last week with a careful study of just who is in the Tea Party movement.

Their findings suggest that the Tea Party is essentially the reappearance of an old anti-government far right that has always been with us and accounts for about one-fifth of the country. The Times reported that Tea Party supporters "tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45." They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.

And the poll suggested something that white Americans are reluctant to discuss: Part of the anger at President Obama among Tea Partiers does appear to be driven by racial concerns.

Saying this invites immediate denunciations from defenders of those who bring guns to rallies, threaten violence to "take our country back," and mouth old slogans about states' rights and the Confederacy. So let's be clear: Opposition to the president is driven by many factors that have nothing to do with race. But race is definitely part of what's going on.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: condescendingliberal; conservatism; liberalism; liberalrant; teaparty
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Personally, I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony with this libtard rant ... I don't know where to begin ... other than HERE.
1 posted on 04/19/2010 2:29:25 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

They are terrified!


2 posted on 04/19/2010 2:31:24 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Zakeet
P-R-O-P-A-G-A-N-D-A

3 posted on 04/19/2010 2:39:19 AM PDT by Boucheau
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To: Zakeet

It ain’t worth the trees dying for to print Dionne’s rantings...


4 posted on 04/19/2010 2:42:55 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Boucheau

Tell him ejdionne@washpost.com


5 posted on 04/19/2010 2:44:26 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Zakeet

BTW, ping to this. We continue work this story. I’m beginning to develop some sources of my own on the issue - sources who were at the event.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2495858/posts


6 posted on 04/19/2010 2:44:35 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Zakeet
Says the elites. Their game is very transparent. Pit the ever decreasing middle and upper middle classes against the lower classes.

It's time some mobs show up in their necks of the woods with flaming pitchforks.

7 posted on 04/19/2010 2:45:04 AM PDT by riri
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To: All

“Tea Pary laughable...”

What is laughable is that this guy forces every network to cal him a Pulitzer price winning journalist lol.

He’s a mumbling bumbling idiot.


8 posted on 04/19/2010 2:45:56 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Let hot tar wash their throats and may it flow freely.)
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To: Zakeet

If they were poor and uneducated, the libtards would be laughing at them for being stupid racists. Now that they find out they are rich and well educated, the libtards attack them for being privilege. It doesn’t matter, they will attack.


9 posted on 04/19/2010 2:51:52 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: sonic109

Mr. Dionne,

History International had a show about the French Revolution. Watch it.

Signed,
Silent No More


10 posted on 04/19/2010 3:01:57 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Zakeet

I am nor rich or part of any elite, but I am tired of government sticking legislation up my azz that is increasing my taxes and lowering my standard of living while they try to distribute wealth to those who do nothing to earn it.

Thes people who write Chit like this are going to wake up one day and realise that Americans have had enough.


11 posted on 04/19/2010 3:08:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Zakeet

Take a look at this one. Haven’t we been saying all along that the Democrat Party is the political arm of the State-Run Media?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/business/media/19devils.html?ref=business
Reporter and Players Wearing Same Colors


12 posted on 04/19/2010 3:10:01 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: All

Tell HIM NOT EACH OTHER
ejdionne@washpost.com


13 posted on 04/19/2010 3:10:35 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Zakeet

Lots of wishful thinking in this fairy tale of a piece.


14 posted on 04/19/2010 3:10:43 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: nolongerademocrat
They are scared.

Simple.

They write in the EXACT same tone as Pravda and Izvestia in the late 1980s whenever there was anything getting a little tit too glasnostiya and perestroikish for their likings, threatening the Supreme Presidum of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. All cut from the same damned cloths. COMMUNISTS in power afraid of true People Power WHICH IS COMING TO GET THEM.


15 posted on 04/19/2010 3:21:43 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Call your County/State GOP & ask if they'll make 2010 solely a NATIONAL NO CONFIDENCE VOTE on Obama)
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To: Always Right

That’s right. They just change the template to suit themselves, don’t they.


16 posted on 04/19/2010 3:23:03 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Call your County/State GOP & ask if they'll make 2010 solely a NATIONAL NO CONFIDENCE VOTE on Obama)
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To: Zakeet

“They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.”

Heaven help us! We can never have affluent and educated Americans influencing our elections. We should also purge the process of all liberal trust babies, politicians, professors, and MSM media types as well! ;-)


17 posted on 04/19/2010 3:39:40 AM PDT by Dem Guard
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To: Zakeet

In a way he’s right. One could argue that the Tea Party movement is a form of populism for the semi-privileged. Of course, EJ never stops to consider the fact that middle class and upper middle class white males are Obama’s number one target


18 posted on 04/19/2010 3:42:26 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: Zakeet
New story 'cause the first ones didn't deter anyone.

They just throw anything they can out there to see if it will stick.

19 posted on 04/19/2010 3:50:05 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Zakeet
Hey, Zakeet -- you didn't have to post the double-bag, triple-dipper barf alert!

All you had to do was write "E.J. Dionne spews again" and we'd have known to rubber-suit up.

LOL

What a nasty little dweeb he is ..... first the Tea Party people were rusticating, mouth-breathing gomers ..... now they're suburban clutchpenny, petitfour-hogging, baked-Alaska-cooking pecksniffs with moral myopia and bad glasses frames. Wish the boy could make up his mind which demographic he's talking about!

20 posted on 04/19/2010 4:14:49 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Zakeet
In fact, both major parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that this media-created protest movement is the voice of true populism.

Media created? What media? The Tea Party movement is an archetypal grass-roots effort. The media has done its best to demonize and marginalize it. Witness this article!

21 posted on 04/19/2010 4:16:08 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Venturer
Hey, that's nothing. If Bummer-boy gets his way, you'll spend the rest of your life in a chain gang with an idiot-stick in your hand, white boy, down in the ditch whackin' those weeds ....

He'd call that social justice!

22 posted on 04/19/2010 4:18:24 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Zakeet

I’m a very “privileged” yank who makes $10,000 a year. I guess I’m rich compared to leftists who don’t even friggin WORK!


23 posted on 04/19/2010 4:21:46 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Zakeet

Elitist fear mongering.

Dione sees the control has slipped away. His only defense is to attack with lies


24 posted on 04/19/2010 4:23:42 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: Zakeet
This wispy, leather-elbowed tweed wearing, Channel 13 tote bag carrying, east coast, monied, nitwit just called me a priviledged elitist!

That's awesome, in a way.

25 posted on 04/19/2010 4:32:46 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Zakeet
Opposition to the president is driven by many factors that have nothing to do with race. But race is definitely part of what's going on.

When all else fails, pull out the race card. To prove my point, they even tried to make Clinton the first black president so they could use it!

The real problem isn't racism against Oboma. It's Obomas racism against whites. What has Oboma done FOR the working white middle class? He's enslaved them.
20 years of Rev. Write as a mentor isn't something that should be ignored.

26 posted on 04/19/2010 4:40:08 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Zakeet
The Tea Party: Populism of the privileged

Take a look at the careers of the leaders of the (First) American Revolution. In general they were not poor people. A lot of lawyers, gentlemen farmers and other businessmen. They could have continued comfortable lives living under the status quo, but instead they decided to risk, and in many cases lose, it all for their freedom.

If anything he should be more scared than ever when the middle and upper middle class take to the streets. They have a lot better things to do with their time, but when they decide to give that up to fight the government then things are changing in a hurry.

27 posted on 04/19/2010 5:06:27 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obamacare: The 2010 version of the Intolerable Acts.)
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To: Zakeet

The Tea Party movement is diving the media Communists crazy.


28 posted on 04/19/2010 5:14:39 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Zakeet

“Privileged” to a leftist is being rewarded for hard work.

Since most wealthy liberals did NOT have to work hard for the wealth they have (or else they’d not be liberals),

they seem to assume that anyone else that is wealthy got theirs easily as well.

There is no sweat on a wealthy lib’s money.


29 posted on 04/19/2010 5:17:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: NTHockey

“They should be thanking me” = “let them eat cake”


30 posted on 04/19/2010 5:18:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Zakeet

About 70 years ago this Marxist would’ve been standing a street corner screaming “Seig Heil!”


31 posted on 04/19/2010 5:19:58 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Zakeet

Wow...it is truly impressive for him to be that wrong about everything...


32 posted on 04/19/2010 5:20:30 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

There’s a certain work of fiction that is not mentionable on Free Republic that people should check out...

that is, if you’re mature enough to filter out the disgusting bigotry of the protagonist and focus on what the government is doing in the storyline.

The mods don’t think you are, so it’s not mentionable.


33 posted on 04/19/2010 5:20:37 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Zakeet
Part of the anger at President Obama among Tea Partiers does appear to be driven by racial concerns.


34 posted on 04/19/2010 5:21:37 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: concerned about politics

And his racism is cloaked in the guise of ANTI-racism.

“All whites (who oppose me) are racist, therefore it’s OK to persecute them.”


35 posted on 04/19/2010 5:21:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: dead

The picture of that sniggering twit wiped every single word he wrote from
mind.


36 posted on 04/19/2010 5:38:55 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: Boucheau

Racist fail,red necks fail,privileged that’s the ticket let’s see if that will fly.


37 posted on 04/19/2010 5:42:30 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Maumee

The picture of that sniggering twit wiped every single word he wrote from my mind.


38 posted on 04/19/2010 5:42:37 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: Vaduz
"Racist fail,red necks fail,privileged that’s the ticket let’s see if that will fly."

The TEA party turns out to be nonviolent, and educated about their country and don't wear disgusting torn offensive rags to social events..so now they change the stereotype to "privileged".

Does that mean they are accusing the poor of being violent or saying that they can't be well educated and moral with a few decent clothes in their closet? How offensive.

39 posted on 04/19/2010 5:53:52 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Zakeet

Hey, EJ Moron, they call us RIGHT for a reason!


40 posted on 04/19/2010 6:08:22 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Earthdweller

The poor are being used as a tool and Clintons bumb a$$ statement kust gave the nut jobs to be violent.


41 posted on 04/19/2010 6:14:59 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Zakeet

The tea party seems be nothing more than old white people worried about their wallets. Sorry to say that. But I did use the word ‘seems’. They are quite easy to malign and for somebody like myself I haven’t found any reason to support them. They have whined a lot about their fear of the federal government, whined about their tax fears, etc. They hold signs proclaiming a love of freedom and democracy—etc., etc. I would support them only if they address concrete issues. For example I have yet to hear them clearly oppose our immigration policies, affirmative action(a slap in the face to democratic priciples), the abuse of ‘hate crime’ laws, and other issues like these in a clear sense. To cry about taxes, Obamacare and federal powers makes them seem selfish(as they use medicare and social security) and makes them easy to mock.


42 posted on 04/19/2010 6:22:25 AM PDT by sydney smith
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To: Zakeet
“They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.”

This is the exact description of Dionne and the chattering class; affluent, better educated and more influential than most Americans. Dionne is so blinded by his self-presumed superiority he fails to realize his opinion makes the case against his own station and argues against those with whom he associates.

43 posted on 04/19/2010 6:40:55 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Zakeet

Typical Dionne column. I’ve yet to read a Dionne column where he didn’t impugn the motives and characters of anyone opposing his beloved leader’s actions while studiously avoiding any discussion of the issues that motivate the conservative protesters. Dionne is either too ignorant to defend Big Government or he’s just another argument-less lib whose first line of defense is ad hominem attacks. I aasume conservatives debating Dionne in person always check to see if Dionne doesn’t have a pie in his hand.


44 posted on 04/19/2010 7:31:51 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: concerned about politics
"race card"

The conceit of these fools is that if Obama was totally "white," nobody would be protesting his policies. Which, of course, is so absurd that it barely deserves a response. For a lot less socialist actions (and being a lot whiter despite what Toni Morrison claimed), Clinton got regularly hammered by conservatives.

45 posted on 04/19/2010 7:36:15 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2

One of the methods of proving or disproving a theory is to assume the opposite, as you have stated.

So, Dione, you’re saying that significantly fewer people wouldn’t be opposing the policies of 0bama if he were white?


46 posted on 04/19/2010 7:38:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Zakeet
Their findings suggest that the Tea Party is essentially the reappearance of an old anti-government far right that has always been with us and accounts for about one-fifth of the country. The Times reported that Tea Party supporters "tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45." They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.

But I thought conservatives were brain-dead uneducated neanderthals with no indoor plumbing!

47 posted on 04/19/2010 7:39:13 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Venatan 'Aharon `al-sheney hase`irim goralot; goral 'echad leHaShem vegoral 'echad la`Aza'zel.)
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To: MrB

What a complete jerk like Dionne doesn’t seem to realize that ALL! Americans are privileged to be living in the greatest country on earth. Every time I hear that “white privilege” bunkum, I’d like to make any so-called “person of color” (what an awful phrase) go to some third world country where everyone looks like them, and see how many privileges they have. Let’s ask the Mexicans who are being forced out of the homes and cities by the drug cartels how privileged they are.


48 posted on 04/19/2010 7:40:00 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Zakeet

Where are the pitchforks and torches when you need them?

I am sick and tired of being called a racist!


49 posted on 04/19/2010 8:36:17 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Jim Bunning we will miss you. Palin/Cheney 2012)
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To: Zakeet; All
On the Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Grand Prairie Texas, I took video camera in hand and interviewed attendees. I did this knowing it would counter the media misrepresentaion of the Tea Partiers.

PLEASE FORWARD these links to anyone who has been lied to by the media and politicians about the Tea Party Movement, which of course is everybody.

“The True Face of the Tea Partiers”

Click Here for Part One

Click Here for Part Two

50 posted on 04/19/2010 7:13:35 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Pray for our leaders: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.)
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