Tea Party backlash reveals Democratic hypocrisy and hatred

The Blogland has long noted the hypocrisy of those Democrats who call Republicans angry and misleading, while engaging in like tactics. Some of the responses by Democratic Party leaders at the state and national levels, as well as some bloggers, to the recent tea parties certainly comes across as both misleading and hateful.

In the last two election cycles, Democrats gained electoral ground often by presenting candidates who claimed to be fiscally conservative, but moderate on social issues. Such models would be wise, as national polling suggests about two-thirds of voters generally hold fiscally conservative positions, while about forty percent generally identify with conservative positions on social issues. But in looking at the attacks leveled at the national tea party movement, both politically and personally, one has to wonder if the Democrats really welcome those voters who are fiscally conservative or if they're simply paying lip service and using their votes to gain power in Washington.

Polling has pointed to concerns by many voters about the rapid increase in national debt which would be caused by Obama administration initiatives. It's important to note that many Democrats took GOP congressional seats criticizing increased spending and national debt under the Bush administration. These drastically different points of view about the same kind of issue by Democratic leaders suggests a certain degree of hypocrisy.

A common evasion of reasoned dialogue on important issues of the day can be found through hurling personal insults. On many Democratic-friendly blogsites, we have seen a flood of mean-spirited responses hurled at Democratic critics of the tea parties, often featuring pornographic references to "tea bagging", a sexual act, to refer to the events and those who participated in them.

Reports are that between a half and full million citizens participated in the national tea party events. If organized, this could represent a formidable political force. The present nasty rhetoric directed at this movement by Democrats could well backfire, both with tea party participants and those who share their concerns.

The often contradictory and mean-spirited rhetoric that many Democratic leaders and bloggers have hurled at the tea party movement and its participants should raise the question of whether those voters who generally identify as fiscally conservative are really wanted by the national Democratic leadership. If those voters find their concerns about runaway spending and borrowing unwelcome at best, and hated at worst, by Democratic leaders and activists, the current Democratic majority may be short-lived.

On Monday, we'll talk about why the tea parties matter and why political observers would be wise to watch to see if they represent a larger trend which could prove costly to Democrats.

8 Response to "Tea Party backlash reveals Democratic hypocrisy and hatred"

  1. Anonymous 24/4/09 03:36
    Earl:
    Why did 8 SC House GOP members vote against the stimulus money, just before they voted for the 2009-2010 budget that INCLUDES the stimulus money?
    Sounds like Dem. John Kerry.

    CW
  2. west_rhino 24/4/09 09:27
    CW, we have RINOs and they give RHINOs a bad name. Check the senate side that spends like a drunken sailor (admittedly they do owe drunken sailors an apology).
  3. Anonymous 24/4/09 14:29
    Isn't calling someone, on in this case a group, "hateful" a personal attack?
  4. The Truth Dudette 24/4/09 14:54
    1429, if Earl went saying Reid and Pelosi were setting their agendas in airport bathrooms, tapping their feet to signal when it's time to start - would you be offended? Would you call that right-wing homophobic hate?

    I'm betting you would. democrats live by double standards.
  5. mg 24/4/09 15:23
    Good piece man.
  6. Anonymous 24/4/09 22:13
    Hey Earl,
    I'm a longtime Southern Democrat and I don't think of Republicans as being angry, I think of them as being fearful (especially Southern Democrats who have hidden in the Republican party to maintain prejudices). Those I know are fearful of change, fearful of those unlike themselves - the more different, the more to be feared.
    Change is a constant and the globe is melding and becoming smaller - a barometer for those who can adapt and those who can't. It's been nice knowing you!
  7. Earl Capps 25/4/09 00:42
    2213 ... so we're not angry. We're just afraid of change, bigoted, and deceitful. That's nice to know what you think of us.

    Well, f*** you too.
  8. The Carolinian 1/5/09 20:44
    "If organized, this could represent a formidable political force."

    I completely agree. I don't see it happening, though. I think that this TEA Party movement needs to crystallize its message - because I sure as hell can't figure out what they are trying to say. All I'm taking away from it is that they're white, they're middle-aged and finally enraged about fiscal irresponsibility now that the Democrats control Congress and the Executive branch.

    Really, though, I even wanted to get involved in it. I loved the idea! But in practice, it's very unappealing.

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