December 11, 2009

WaPo: They just can't let it go.

In a bid to appear to have something positive to say about the conservative movement in America, the Washington Post has some words about the grass roots conservative organization and it's potential political surge in 2010. Except that can't seem to resist slagging conservatives at the same time.

The Washington Post this morning had an article talking about conservative fund-raising potential and the fact that the 2010 election cycle could be greatly impacted by it.

Great, it sounds like some real coverage of a real issue. No doubt it was prompted by the recent Rasmussen poll that found a fictious Tea Party would outperform the GOP in a three way election contest. Perhaps also prompted by the idea of promoting a conservative support split and relegating conservatism to an etrnal back burner in American politics. Conservatives aren't that stupid. Maybe for a cycle or two a split would benefit liberals/Democrats, but after that it would necessarily sort itself out.

Regardless, the WaPo article can't resist doing two things - slagging conservatives and the Tea Parties, and continuing to lie about the strength of the movement.

Take for example this parapgraph;
Buoyed by their success in capsizing a moderate Republican candidate this fall in Upstate New York, tea party activists and affiliated groups are unveiling new political action committees and tactics aimed at capitalizing on conservative opposition to health-care reform, financial bailouts and other Obama administration policies. The goal is to harness the anger that led to hundreds of protests around the country from spring to fall, including a gathering of tens of thousands of protesters on the Mall in September.

Tens of thousands? Once again, REALLY?

As far as actually slagging conservatives, it's not really harsh criticism, but they do question the possible effectiveness of the movement in such a way that it makes you question whether they went after the Obama organization or MoveOn group in the same way. I'll give you the answer; no.
Can the movement unite?

But Kibbe and others acknowledge that they are not near that point yet, and political experts in both parties say it is unclear if the movement can become the kind of unified force that can win, and not just disrupt, elections.

The tea party movement is splintered into hundreds of local and state-level groups that have differing rules and goals and for the most part have not participated in big-money politics. Many of the groups have been torn apart by personal feuds in recent months; one major umbrella organization, the Tea Party Patriots, has filed a lawsuit against a founding board member who signed on with a rival, the Tea Party Express.
Let them deride all they like.  While the movement is bound to experience growing pains, and may not be at it's most effective yet, grass roots are grass roots, and it's still free to vote.  The WaPo's best hope for stifling conservatism in 2010 is to hope for a 3rd party - a Tea Party to take hold.  But in order to do that, you have to hold off on the slagging just a little Washington Poat.  Will that happen? I doubt it.  I also happen to doubt whether a 3rd party is realistic for 2010.  My guess is the Washington Post thinks the same way.

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