April 19, 2010

Democrats Late To The Tea Party

Take a look at the list of profiled Democrats and liberals saying 'Hey you know what, those Tea Party people aren't nuts, they are people with valid concerns.'  It's the old if-you-can't beat-em-join-em idea.  It's a case trying to catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  It's metaphor overload.  What it really is, is Democrats looking at the polling and realizing that they are in big trouble this fall.  If they don't start getting people onside soon, they will suffer a bloodbath.  So they're holding their noses and pretending they like us.  It's not all they're planning but it's a big part, and it's already started.

Democrats are going after the banks because they're easy to vilify and easy to target as the cause of the economics problem the country faces.  It shifts all the blame away from the government.  Unfairly I might add.  This is one area they hope the GOP says 'no' and are left looking as being onside with the corporate fat cats of Wall Street.  This is one area the GOP needs a more nuanced approach to the bill.  Even if they say 'yes' to an amended and truly bi-partisan bill they aid the Democrats in getting out the message that they can be bi-partisan and govern that way unlike the Republicans did.  While that is laughable, the Democrats are relying on an electorate with a short term memory.  It could work.  Especially if they can convince people, yet again, that they are the party of the common man.  To that end, listen to quotes like this;

Timothy Geithner on Meet The Press (via Fox News):

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, when asked about the Tea Party protests, said in an interview Sunday that the Obama administration is paying more attention to deficit and spending concerns than the Bush administration did. 
"We've just been through eight years where many people said deficits don't matter. We can pass huge tax cuts, pass huge new programs without paying for them. That debate has changed fundamentally," Geithner said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 
"You don't hear people say anymore deficits don't matter. You don't hear people saying we can pass enormous expansions in government without paying for it. That's an important change." 
Hmmm.  Isn't that the same fellow who is Treasury Secretary for the biggest deficit in the history of the planet? And isn't it the guy who said this said this;

And as Fox points out;
President Bush ran up a $458.6 billion deficit during his last full year in office. Obama ran up a $1.4 trillion deficit in fiscal 2009 -- that covered part of Bush's final year, but budget projections show deficits will continue to top $1 trillion for several years under Obama.
Bill Clinton said this late last week;
“This Tea Party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we’ve spent.”
Of course we don't need to go back further because he couldn't resist bashing the Tea Party in the same talk. But let's go back a bit anyway to when he said the left needed to take back the Tea Party movement because apparently, the right is doing it wrong.

Both of theses come on the heels of a CBS poll saying that Tea Partiers aren't stupid.  Why is all of this happening at once, and why is it sure to continue with more Democrats trying to steer the Tea Party energy their way by saying "you know, you've got some good points."  Well don't BE stupid and fall for that sort of voter abuse followed by an apology.  Once a voter abuser, always a voter abuser. No clemency is needed.

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