#909676 May 22, 2013
Have “Scandals” Sparked A New Tea Party Revival?
It’s as predictable as Glenn Beck’s tears. As soon as a president appears to be weakened by attack, the media pounces in a feeding frenzy hoping to score a kill. Some do it out of partisan animus. Some do it for personal glory. But either way it’s a bloodcurdling spectacle that contains scant morsels of actual substance.
In the present festival of feasting, many in the press are asking the same question: Have the scandals plaguing the White House created an opportunity for the moribund Tea Party to mount a revival? Take a look at a selection of the headlines:
Scandals revive Tea Party, threaten Obamacare – Boston Herald
Tea Party revival – World Magazine
Will the IRS scandal revive the Tea Party?– The Week Magazine
IRS scandal revives tea party – CNN
IRS scandal: Reinvigorated tea party eager to seize moment – Christian Science Monitor
Tea Party Looks To Gain Momentum In IRS Scandal Aftermath – Huffington Post
Back from the dead – WorldNetDaily
That last one from WorldNetDaily is particularly notable because it presumes that the Tea Party has been dead, which is not something that WorldNetDaily ordinarily admits.
To answer the burning question of the day, let’s examine how the Tea Party responded to the scandal outbreak. With lightening-fast reflexes, the Tea Party Patriots organized protests across the country to “Rein in the IRS.” And their legions of followers stepped up to speak truth to power. There were 30 of them in Topeka, 70 in Phoenix, 100 in Tampa, 30 in Kansas City, 11 in Tallahassee, 100 in Chicago, 50 in Denver, 6 in Helena, and 50 in San Bernardino where they also spoke Hitlerian rhetoric to power. In the nation’s second biggest city, Los Angeles, the Teabaggers showed up 13 strong.
WOW! If this isn’t a demonstration of just how engaged and relevant the Tea Party is, I don’t know what would be. Clearly they have the political punch of a drunken gerbil. Nevertheless, the media will continue to prop them up as if they were actually influential. The press will ignore factual data like that presented here and fluff the baggers excitedly in the hopes of producing a climax of contrived controversy.
The truly depressing part of this is that the failure to recognize the impotence of the Tea Party will only embolden the minority fringe caucus of the Republicans in congress and encourage them to persist in their obstructionist strategy that has been so hurtful, divisive, and regressive socially and economically.
In a few weeks this will all have been forgotten and, if recent polling is any indicator, the President will be more popular than ever, and the GOP congress will hit new lows. In the meantime, it’s going to be a summer of frustration as little progress is made on the real problems that plague our nation. Too bad.
Since: Jul 11
#909677 May 23, 2013
What a lot of croc, you nut jobs never change. Piers Morgan has never changed his position on gun control and as usual grab a word from one sentence to the next you have a whole new statement. Get off those right wing blogs and look at a proper news service like the New York Times.
Since: Jul 11
#909678 May 23, 2013
Yep, the Tea baggers are no different than the Boston Bombers, Extremists who need to have background checks done on them. The IRS was just part of that, checking whether any money was going to terrorist front groups. They had nothing to apologise for.
#909679 May 23, 2013
WHY not Washington Times :)
Piers Morgan: IRS, AP scandals 'tyrannical'
“I said ‘don’t be so ridiculous, your own government won’t turn itself on you,’ but, actually, this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government,” Mr. Morgan said.“I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior. I think what the Department of Justice has done to the AP is bordering on tyrannical behavior.”
Mr. Jillette agreed, responding,“There’s no doubt about that.… I think that it shows you that how much we can trust the government and just sit back, which is not very much at all.”
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#909680 May 23, 2013
COPIED from another poster:
Rosa - Mobile, Alabama
I am to the point I now announce myself as an Independent. Speaker Boehner let us down terribly, right when Obama was being hit with the deserved advise "MAN UP". Speaker Boehner went LIMP! When Obama put his arm around the Speaker's neck and then patted him on the leg after their one on one meeting. I felt gut sick...I said to myself "Boehner's caved". And, he had. Its been a down hill slide ever since then. Find that news clip...look at it...you can't miss the shame in Boehner's body language.
I love our country. Obama does not. Its that simple. Please with your contacts help me save our beloved United States of America. I want my country back! The one my Father fought in two wars for! I was raised to respect the President. I no longer can do that in all sincerity. I said The Pledge of Allegiance with hand over heart every school day, and was proud to do it. Its hard to wrap my head around how Obama was re-elected. The MAJORITY for sure did not want HIM! We need to reinstate the moral fiber men like my Father and President Reagan and President Kennedy had.
God is condemning our country now. We don't want a one world Government...we are the USA and we stand tall just as we are if we can get the corruptness out of the White House. We want the UN out of America's business too! How we achieve this without a revolution I don't have the answer. I do know we MUST achieve this to get our country back.
Will I fight for America? Yep! You betcha' I will. The Statue of Liberty is hanging her head in shame. I want her to have her head up and be as proud as the day I saw her coming into the harbor after the Korean conflict. I welled up with pride for my beautiful, proud, brave and free country and I was yet a young girl. Not Political...just had that unfathomable feeling my homeland was a very special place and I was so happy to be home.
Today, my children and g-children don't have that inside them to the degree I did. I wish they had it...but History is being distorted in the classrooms...we've lost the land of the free and the home of the brave without a doubt. They are made to question, and then this MAN in OUR WHITE HOUSE goes around the world apologizing for AMERICA! Excuse me...but he is not proud and Presidential.
He is arrogant and ashamed and has the audacity to lead the world into believing its how we feel. He has NO RIGHT.
He is BAD BAD BAD.
He wants to be a King and have subjects bow to him...He is so in love with himself...and he is a phony and his word is not his bond, no-sirree!! You invited comments, I've made mine sir.
I happen to AGREE with her ... <3
#909681 May 23, 2013
The Right’s Scandal Hypocrisy
How can people who just a few years ago were defending executive privilege suddenly become such ferocious advocates of presidential transparency?
It’s pretty rich, isn’t it, to see conservatives, not so long ago such ferocious guardians of presidential prerogative, suddenly acting as if they’d all interned at Common Cause when they were in college and thumping their chests about presidential transparency? I bet we could count on one hand—or more likely, on no hands—the number of conservative commentators who were insisting that the Bush White House should come clean about what Scooter Libby did in relation to the Valerie Plame matter. But now, suddenly, Barack Obama must come clean on all particulars, or he’s, you guessed it, the dreaded Nixon! Of course, Nixon wasn’t always the dreaded Nixon, because to the conservatives of the early 1970s who agreed 110 percent with Tricky Dick’s claims of executive privilege, he was the heroic, stalwart Nixon. It’s only when a Democrat is in, apparently, that democracy itself is on the line.
#909682 May 23, 2013
a couple of comments from your article :)
10 hours ago
I detested the previous administration for exact kind of excesses this author catalogs - and is the main reason I voted for Obama in 2008. A Constitutional Law Professor, who said all the right civil-liberty things, an intelligent man who thinks things through.
Boy was I wrong - it makes the let-down all the worse with Obama because he sold himself as the exact opposite of Bush, but really is just a doubling-down of Bush at his worst. But of course the author, being a partisan lefty, can't take his eyes off Republicans for even two seconds no matter how unseemly 'his' boy currently-in-power becomes.
13 hours ago
Michael, project much? You just described the progressive movement. Progressive have absolutely no shame. You are defending the indefensible.
Benghazi was a cover up for political purposes. You know this and support it. Shame!
IRS was instructed to target conservatives purposely. You know this and support it. Shame!
The DOJ was responsible for Fast & Furious to help pass gun legislation. Then they hide it from the American people. You know this and support it. Shame!
The DOJ purposely targeted reporters that did not toe the Administrations agenda. You know this and support it. Shame!
Zero integrity Zero honor Zero principles Zero morals….SHAME!
Not to mention HHS playing favorites by selling influence to legislation and regulations to healthcare providers. Again you progressives support this behavior and defend it. Shame!
#909683 May 23, 2013
keep up the good work.
#909684 May 23, 2013
#909685 May 23, 2013
The FBI acknowledged late Monday that it is increasingly seeking reporters’ phone records in leak investigations.
"It used to be very hard and complicated to do this, but it no longer is in the Bush administration," said a senior federal official.
#909686 May 23, 2013
13 Benghazis Happened Under President Bush and Fox News Said Nothing
#909687 May 23, 2013
WRONG STUPID! The protection of the President is not the function of the Marines but rather the Secret Service. The Marines are used on occasions such as when a foreign dignitary is being received for ceremonial duties and sometimes that means holding an umbrella to keep the President and his guest dry.
You're an idiot DB!
#909688 May 23, 2013
#909689 May 23, 2013
No ONE died from THAT!
The Mexican officials were working with the US!
BIG difference ...
Look it up!
Here I'll DO it for you :)
Scandal: The president's spokesman confuses a "controlled delivery" operation known as Wide Receiver
with the quite different Fast and Furious
and couldn't even remember the name of the Border Patrol agent killed by it.
During a contentious press conference where even the White House press corps seemed to have had enough with the administration's tap dancing about an operation that began on its watch and got two federal agents killed, ABC's Jake Tapper had to feed a stumbling Carney the name of the Border Patrol agent killed by it.
Dubbed "Operation Wide Receiver," the Bush-era operation was run out of Tucson between 2006 and 2007, ending before Bush left office and before Fast and Furious began under Obama in 2009. The differences between it and Fast and Furious are vast, starting with the fact that Wide Receiver produced no dead bodies.
Operation Wide Receiver used the common law enforcement tactic of "controlled delivery" in which the illegal sales of weapons were allowed to take place, the movements of the weapons were closely monitored and the end purchasers were then apprehended. It involved gun-tracing, not gun-walking.
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#909690 May 23, 2013
and you libTARDS put down wnd...
believe salon ...
ha ha ha ...
#909691 May 23, 2013
So what massive increases in spending by Congress occurred that somehow escaped Bush's veto pen moron? There weren't any. We entered into a recession and unemployment went up and business activity went down meaning less revenue in the form of taxes. Meanwhile we were still paying for two wars and there was added expenditure in the form of unemployment compensation.
Your assertion that Democrats have increased the debt by 1000% is just a flat out lie with nothing to back it up.
Put your dunce cap on and sit in the corner.
You're an idiot DB!
#909692 May 23, 2013
A couple of comments from your article :)
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013 07:13 AM EDT
Then again, the liberal dupes are the ones who close their eyes to the facts ...
1) Holder has said it was harassment.
2) So did the IRS Director
3) We're now up to 500 conservative groups having been victims.
4) The Inspector not only agrees, but said the IRS Director knew about the abuse in 2011, which means he lied to Congress. How much denial must one be in to ignore that???
Meanwhile (ROFLMAO) Obama's 501(c)4 was approve in January, before the inauguration.(His campaign committee, rather large, converted to a 501 to promote issues.)
Oooops, I forgot. It's a Democratic President so all the loyalists are required to repeat every talking point without question (or thought)
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
The Obama administration is, unfortunately, in this IRS debacle. The Secretary of the Treasury is a cabinet appt and who should be informed of potentially sensitive operations in agencies under his purview. Someone reports to someone who reports to someone. If a national office was set up in Cincinnati to analyze tax-exempt applications, then I would expect that reports were written.
I don't think it looks good when the President says he learns about what's going in his administration from the news. What does he have a cabinet for, after all? To keep watch and give him the heads up on these kinds of things.
I'm not in favor of this kind of story. Progressives expected this kind of harassment from Bush--which is why Obama was elected...joyfully. We would be better than that. I find it problematic that the President cannot express his views and values forcefully enough at the outset that his administration cannot make decisions based on that outlook.
#909693 May 23, 2013
You still didn't answer the questions now did you?
#909694 May 23, 2013
Well Carol, here's the preamble to the Constitution;
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Do you know what "promote the general welfare means"? It means that we don't let our citizens go hungry or homeless if we can help it. The safety net you keep referring to is under assault by the GOP. The Ryan budget was called immoral by the Conference of Catholic Bishops which is one of the most conservative groups in the country.
But keep on dodging the original questions Carol.
#909695 May 23, 2013
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013 04:15 PM EDT
How about this? We satisfy ourselves that the IRS itself is irredeemably broken and needs to be immediately reformed in a very comprehensive manner. The IRS is obviously behaving in a criminal manner. Who cares whether they were initially hired by Republicans or Democrats. Fire everyone!
Does The Tax Exempt Obama Foundation Actually Have A Real Address?
While it is conceivable that a smaller organization might use a UPS address, what is more questionable is giving an address where they have never been, apparently.
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