One of the least lovable behaviors of the Clinton administration was their blatant strategy of smearing and attacking any critic by whatever means came to hand. The entire Democratic party appears to have learned that behavior from the Clintonistas. Because they are, with only one exception that I have heard about (more on that later), pulling out the stops in the slander, smear and slime sweepstakes over the Tea Parties held yesterday.
Other House Democratic leaders took a different tack: One senior aide has been circulating a document to the media that debunks the effort as one driven by corporate lobbyists and attended by neo-Nazis…
In addition, the tea parties are “not really all about average citizens,” the document continues, saying neo-Nazis, militias, secessionists and racists are attending them. The tea parties are also not peaceful, since reporters in Cincinnati had to seek “police protection” during one of the events, it states.
The suggestions that these tea parties are driven by DC-based groups is laughable; Liz Mair takes a critical look and concludes the charge is baseless. Besides the points that Mair makes, it’s worth noting that while there have been dozens of tea parties, few have featured conservative candidates or representatives of DC think tanks and lobbying groups.
As far as the charge that these rallies are composed of Nazis and terrorists, that’s hard to reconcile with the pictures of participants. There are too many young children and grandparents. Further, even a strong Obama supporter like Susan Roesgen didn’t turn up any violent types at the Chicago Tea Party, despite her best attempt to provoke a strong reaction. (Emphasis added)
So all you folks who attended those event are being smeared with the broad brush of smear politics. All of the some 250,000 people who attended these events across the country.
No chance that any of the attendees were worried about something like this. Tax revenues down almost 14% to date while expenditures skyrocket. The total deficit for FY2008 was something under 20% of gross receipts. Year to date Federal deficit spending is close – very close – to 100% above income. This year’s deficit is already close to double last year’s. We’re only halfway through the fiscal year.
Nope, you’re all a bunch of bigots, lunatics, gun nuts or plutocrats.
Just ask any card-carrying member of the VLWC. (Which actually exists, incidentally).
As promised, the only Democrat that I am aware of who has been taken aback by the vicious smear tactics unleashed:
Janet Napolitano stood her ground earlier today on the DHS report on the supposed “right-wing extremism” of federalism and gun rights, but a key Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security has demanded a better explanation. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) pronounced himself “dumbfounded” at the report, and will ask Napolitano how this report ever got out of her office. Audrey Hudson reports:
Other than that, it’s full smear ahead.