Media Hacks Sandbag the Teabaggers
Then there's excitable Andrew Sullivan, who wouldn't count as mainstream anymore but for his unexplainable perch at The Atlantic magazine. Says Andy:
The alarm should be judged in relation to the seriousness of their proposals to confront it. And those, alas, are so far unserious. When the tea party movement offers a specific manifesto for bringing the country back to fiscal balance with no tax increases, I'll take them seriously.
The conservative "conscience" might be expected to give the tea party protesters at least a little sympathy, but his use of "teabaggers" or its variants some 20 times in the last week shows his crocodile tears.
A common theme amongst the editorial hand-wringers was the supposed irony of Americans protesting high taxes on a day when 95% of us would be receiving a tax break. Unless, of course, you're one of the 15-20% of adult Americans who smoke. Or maybe one of that tiny little percentage of Americans who use any electricity after Washington imposes a cap-and-trade system of energy taxation. Or if you own (or own stock in) a business facing $353 billion in increased taxes over the next ten years. Or if printing dollars by the trillions results in inflation and you happen to be an American who uses ... money. But let's not let a perfectly good meme get in the way of ridiculing taxpaying Americans.
And what does the left, or even the mainstream media, risk with their tactics? Nothing, really. Political discourse has become so coarse -- and I'm more guilty than most of being a part of it -- that juvenile teabagging gags (heh) don't generate nearly as much bad press for the jokesters as they do for the, uh, silenced majority.
It's the Alinsky way. Or as Ron Burgundy might say, "You stay classy, Anderson Cooper!"
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