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The Tea Party Movement is a Scam (Elitist Nancy Boy Temper-Tantrum Alert)
RealClearPolitics ^ | 9/23/2010 | E.J. "Fancy Lad" Dionne

Posted on 09/23/2010 2:07:17 PM PDT by mojito

WASHINGTON -- Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?

Before you dismiss the question, note that word "successful." Judge the tea party purely on the grounds of effectiveness and you have to admire how a very small group has shaken American political life and seized the microphone offered by the media, including the so-called liberal media.

But it's equally important to recognize that the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers.

Yes, there is a lot of discontent in America. But that discontent is better represented by the moderate voters who expressed quiet disillusionment to President Obama at the CNBC town hall meeting on Monday than by tea party ideologues who proclaim the unconstitutionality of the New Deal and everything since.

The tea party drowns out such voices because it has money -- some of it from un-populist corporate sources, as Jane Mayer documented last month in The New Yorker -- and has used modest numbers strategically in small states to magnify its impact.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: crybaby; democrats; ejdionne; elitist; fancylad; farleft; liberalfascism; marxists; obama; teaparty
Go cry in your mittens, E.J.

This article repeats the latest meme on the far-left -where EJ frolics with the likes of Keith 0, the Huffposeurs, Glenn Greenwald, and the rest. That is, the Tea Party is just a front for right-wing versions of George Soros. There's no real anger. Nobody really believes in the Constitution. It's all fake, because nobody could really actually get worked up enough to repudiate the far left. Why? Well, because, as we all know, everyone loves the far left - or if they don't love the far left, it's because they're just too ignorant to realize that they should - for their own good - love the far left. And everything else is just a conspiracy amongst shadowy figures like Karl Rove.

Believe what you like, liberal. Call it just another instance, as in all else, when everything you know is wrong.

1 posted on 09/23/2010 2:07:19 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

If they hate us this much, we must be doing something right.


2 posted on 09/23/2010 2:09:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: mojito

But it’s equally important to recognize that the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers.”

This idiot needs to go to a rally and see the people and talk to them ... and admire the respect paid, discipline observed and clean grounds when they are through with the property. then compare it to any leftist march in history.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 2:10:20 PM PDT by jessduntno ("If anybody believes they can increase taxes today, they're out of their mind." -- Mayor Daley)
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To: mojito

No it is not a scam. We really do hate you elites and liberals.

You are the UNproductive class stealing from the Productive class.


4 posted on 09/23/2010 2:10:27 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: mojito
Maybe it is a scam, EJ.

What must be bothering you is that it isn't your scam.

5 posted on 09/23/2010 2:11:01 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: mojito

Can we say, “Projection!”?

As always, when they claim we are doing something underhanded they are simply exposing themselves as practitioners of those tactics.


6 posted on 09/23/2010 2:11:03 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: mojito

Go to your room, EJ, you’ve been a bad boy.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 2:11:58 PM PDT by JPG (Care for another lobster, Mookie? How's your steak? Ready for another triple Stoli/rocks?)
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To: mojito

E.J., you really need to put down the bong and start living a chemical free life. Seriously.


8 posted on 09/23/2010 2:12:16 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: mojito

Global Warming = SCAM

SIEU = ASTROTURF

Tea Party = Grassroots Movement of WE THE PEOPLE

Sit down and STFU Nancy....

And would someone PLEASE just put her in padded cell already?


9 posted on 09/23/2010 2:12:24 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Obama is doing to America, what those planes did to the Twin Towers!)
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To: mojito

“But it’s equally important to recognize that the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers.”

Unless, of course, one considers the poll numbers, which directly contradict this statement.


10 posted on 09/23/2010 2:12:40 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: mojito

>> the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics

Believe that at your own peril, son.


11 posted on 09/23/2010 2:13:56 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: mojito

12 posted on 09/23/2010 2:14:24 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GOPJ
Yep, any time a puckered, effeminate lickspittle like Barney Google Dionne starts whining and mewling about you, you know you're doing something right. What a pantload he is.

;-/

13 posted on 09/23/2010 2:14:43 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: mojito

This person has not a clue about much of anything outside his liberal bubble does he?


14 posted on 09/23/2010 2:15:12 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: mojito

Nancy! ROTFLMAO!


15 posted on 09/23/2010 2:15:39 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: mojito
The real scam is that anyone ever paid any attention to an airhead like E.J.Dionne.

ML/NJ

16 posted on 09/23/2010 2:17:16 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: mojito

The so-called peace movement was not peaceful. The marchers quite often rioted and vandalized businesses, banks, and government offices.

They were not anti-war either. They were decidedly PRO-Palestinian war (up to and including the use of suicide bombers) and pro”insurgents”. They were decidedly AGAINST the United States and our allies.

They were funded and organized by numerous Communist organizations yet it never made the media’s headlines.

When we were told the numbers of people “pushing down Bush’s approval numbers” they were diseparate groups with completely counter views (e.g pro-illegal immigration vs. anti-illegal immigration in opposition to amnesty, etc.). Bush didn’t strike a “happy medium”, he ticked off his base and he was never going to get support from the 30% lib portion of this country.


17 posted on 09/23/2010 2:17:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: mojito

I’ve come to realize that their ideology, indeed, truly is based on the will of the father of lies. Everything they push is “of this world”, and consequently against God.

It is really no wonder that everything they believe is upside down from reality.


18 posted on 09/23/2010 2:17:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: dead
Nancy boy


19 posted on 09/23/2010 2:21:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: mojito
WOW and I thought Nancy was delusional...
Yeh...and those are just the ones that were able to show up. There were MANY more who believe in the cause, that weren't able to make it there.
20 posted on 09/23/2010 2:21:59 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Obama is doing to America, what those planes did to the Twin Towers!)
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To: Romulus

“Maybe it is a scam, EJ.”

Pssst. You weren’t supposed to tell him.


21 posted on 09/23/2010 2:21:59 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: mojito
But it's equally important to recognize that the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers.

A sliver that 52% of Americans apparently agree with, according to recent polling. But it's not like 52% represents a majority or anything.

But you could take the words "tea party" out of the original quote and replace it with "socialist democrats" and I think it might be correct.

22 posted on 09/23/2010 2:22:14 PM PDT by The Enlightener
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To: mojito
But that discontent is better represented by the moderate voters who expressed quiet disillusionment to President Obama at the CNBC town hall meeting on Monday than by tea party ideologues who proclaim the unconstitutionality of the New Deal and everything since.

Expressed quiet disillusionment? How? Did they bring cardboard cutouts of Marcel Marceau?


23 posted on 09/23/2010 2:25:39 PM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: mojito

Oh sure, Mr. Dionne. One or two people grumble at a stacked event outweigh millions of people in the Tea Party movement.


24 posted on 09/23/2010 2:25:42 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: mojito

E. J. must get a volume discount on his Depends...he fills them up so often.


25 posted on 09/23/2010 2:27:01 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (We now have confirmation that Barack Obama truly loves poor people. He is creating so many!)
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To: mojito

They are used to demonstrations that they control, fielded and populated by people from their various interlocking franchises and organizations.

They can’t understand a mass gathering of people that don’t belong to anything, who they don’t control, who don’t really have any obvious leader, who are united only by their love of country, and what this country was intended to be.

People who want to control you do not understand people who don’t have to be controlled and don’t want to be controlled.


26 posted on 09/23/2010 2:28:01 PM PDT by marron
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To: mojito

Put this up on your mirror to motovate you every morning.

I’m considering bookmarking this article to throw back in his face 03Nov.

In other news I heard that the congressional republicans have invited their democrat counterparts to a unity breakfast on the morning of November 3rd to be held on the Deck of the Battleship Missouri.


27 posted on 09/23/2010 2:28:18 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: GOPJ

AMEN.


28 posted on 09/23/2010 2:28:44 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: chris_bdba

“This person has not a clue about much of anything outside his liberal bubble does he?”

Enjoy it while you can find it amusing. That nuttyness, that divorcement from reality on the part of the leftist is what allows him (or forces him) to finally take matters into hand and CRUSH ‘the evil ones’ (that’s us). History shows how they always do it. November looms like doom now, the things that must be going thru the cornered rat’s mind may well be acted upon. A pretext is all that is needed.


29 posted on 09/23/2010 2:31:10 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Exactly right.

In the article Dionne writes:
But something is haywire in our media and our politics. Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian whose new book is "The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History," observed in an interview that there is a "hall of mirrors" effect created by the rise of "niche" opinion media. They magnify small movements into powerhouses while old-fashioned journalism, which is supposed to put such movements in perspective, reacts to the same niche incentives.

Seems to me, and to many others, that a reverse "hall of mirrors effect" is being practiced by big (liberal) media. They do not want people to understand how large this ground swell is. They have been biased all along, and are actually so warped that they think they are putting things into perspective when they alter the truth to shape opinion - just like Dionne is doing here.

Read the article - the numbers games he plays in an effort to marginalize this movement are absurd.

30 posted on 09/23/2010 2:33:22 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: mojito
Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?

Possibly.

But if it is, it's a distant second-place behind the most successful scam in American political history, which is the concept that Americans of African ancestry, generally descendents of slaves, should owe absolute allegiance to the Democrat party.

The Democrat party was the Party of Slavery at its founding two centuries ago, and remains the Party of Slavery today.

Two centuries ago, the Democrat party was home of those who used persons of African ancestry on Southern plantations to convert cotton seeds into cotton bales; today, the Democrat party is home of those who use persons of African ancestry on big-city urban plantations to convert dollars into votes.

31 posted on 09/23/2010 2:34:46 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Spok

Exactly. In November, the libtards will be wondering how the heck “an astroturf movement funded by wealthy conservatives and evil, capitalist corporations” managed to bring about election results of such magnitude. They won’t be able to explain it away with “typical midterm, anti-incumbency voter sentiment.”

I can’t wait.


32 posted on 09/23/2010 2:37:29 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: mojito

There is going to be a deluge of this type of nonsense in the next six weeks. The Dems and RINOs have to try to scare people into continuing to vote for the status quo.


33 posted on 09/23/2010 2:38:13 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: TalBlack
November looms like doom now, the things that must be going thru the cornered rat’s mind may well be acted upon.

If most of the libtards believe as this one does, that the tea party movement is manufactured, perhaps they don't fear November. If they're really this delusional, the election results will come as a huge surprise to them.

34 posted on 09/23/2010 2:50:07 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Lucky9teen
Yeh...and those are just the ones that were able to show up. There were MANY more who believe in the cause, that weren't able to make it there.

You're right, Lucky - many millions of us wanted to be there... millions who weren't able to attend - - millions who vote...

35 posted on 09/23/2010 2:50:50 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: mojito

bsmbi is the one running the scam


36 posted on 09/23/2010 2:53:08 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: mojito
D'oh! How could we be so stupid!

Thank heavens we have E.J. Dionne to enlighten us.

37 posted on 09/23/2010 3:06:08 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: mojito
tea party ideologues who proclaim the unconstitutionality of the New Deal and everything since.

Truth hurts doesn't it? That damn ol' Constitution.

38 posted on 09/23/2010 3:28:10 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mojito
Hide & Watch Mr. Ding-Dong Dionne

...give MoDo a call, she's as lonely as you are.

39 posted on 09/23/2010 3:45:56 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mojito
feh...
40 posted on 09/23/2010 3:50:16 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mojito

Watch this scam kick your @ss in November, wuss.


41 posted on 09/23/2010 4:54:11 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: mojito
"A sliver of opinion"

Do you suppose this pantywaist actually believes that? (I hope he does--boy is he in for a surprise)

42 posted on 09/23/2010 4:57:04 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: mojito

it’s equally important to recognize that the tea party constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics”

Tea party gets near 50% approval, and the strong anti-Tea Party faction is about 20% of the voters - liberal elitists hate them, the rest of America agrees with them.


43 posted on 09/23/2010 6:53:51 PM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: mojito

One thing the Tea Parties never got was a microphone from the mainstream media.

Most of the time they were ignored. If they were mentioned at all by the MSM, it was always in a negative light.

Barack Obama can take responsibility for the very fact that they exist and grew to the point they could no longer be ignored.

So the real scam here exists in the media.


44 posted on 09/23/2010 7:06:34 PM PDT by dforest
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To: mojito

EJ makes me puke. Ya shouldda warned me.


45 posted on 09/23/2010 9:21:50 PM PDT by bitt
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To: mojito
Judge the tea party purely on the grounds of effectiveness and you have to admire how a very small group has shaken American political life and seized the microphone offered by the media, including the so-called liberal media.

The heavies from Brave New World, Animal Farm and 1984 live!

But effective only if you're ignorant, unaware, disconnected and permanently intellectually lazy.

That description, by the way, describes the undocumented president and his shadow cabinet perfectly!

"...seizing the microphone ...including the so-called liberal media" is a cute but hilarious touch.

Are the liberal MSM mouthpieces all on drugs, or what?

46 posted on 09/23/2010 10:14:23 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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