Tea Party

Raising Cain

On the one hand, there's this from RightWingNews, via Moonbattery:

Denver, CO, April 5, 2011– Raising Red PAC and Raising Red Action Fund launched Tuesday, April 5th at www.raisingred.com with the mission of raising money to support the Republican nominee and defeat President Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Launched by the activist team of Charlie Smith, former College Republican National Committee President; Kellen Giuda, New York City Tea Party co-founder and former Tea Party Patriots Board of Directors member; and conservative Blogger John Hawkins, Raising Red PAC and Raising Red Action Fund were born from a need for an innovative and forward-thinking political operation focused on candidates that will solve the problems that have been passed on to the Millennial Generation by decades of irresponsible politicians....

On the other, there are the skeptical comments on this idea at the Moonbattery post, as well as this:

In Kentucky, the Establishment Fights the Tea Party … Again  

This year's only hotly contested governor's race heats up.

Kentucky’s 2010 Republican Senate primary gained national attention when tea party-backed Rand Paul challenged Republican establishment candidate Trey Grayson. That scenario appears to be playing out again with Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial race, pitting state Senate President David Williams against Louisville businessman, and tea party-favorite, Phil Moffett.

This 2011 election could not be more important considering Kentucky’s dire fiscal situation. Recently named by Forbes magazine the worst-run state in the U.S. (even over California!), Kentucky is basically a welfare state, getting 50% more money back from the federal government than it puts in. Plus, Kentucky faces large Medicaid budget gaps and high amounts of bonded debt, leading Moody’s Investor Services to downgrade Kentucky’s bond ratings just last week.

In lieu of fixing the budget, current Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Democratic legislators prefer to roll over the debt to the following year, moving “$166.5 million of General Fund dollars from FY2012 to FY2011.” But the tea party wants to see legislators sort out the financial issues now, instead of continuing to pass it down to Kentucky’s children. The fiscal crisis has taken center stage with the tea party, making the governor’s race their main focus for 2011....

[....] But as the only hotly contested gubernatorial election in 2011, tea party groups nationwide are taking notice of the Kentucky race and its Republican primary. The Western Representation PAC and its chairman, Joe Miller, recently pledged to donate $100,000 to Moffett’s campaign — a number that nearly doubles Moffett’s campaign treasury. It’s a far cry from the more than $1 million raised by Williams and his establishment supporters, but, as we’ve seen in other elections, the power of the tea party can stretch further than the dollar. And statements from some tea party supporters that they won’t support Williams even if he wins the primary make for a startling warning to Kentucky’s Republican voters.

Do read the whole thing—it's really interesting.

And then there's Harry Reid:

“The country doesn’t care much about the tea party. There is a new CNN poll out today that says this very directly. Well more than — let’s put it this way: The people who care about the tea party are a very small number who care about them positively.” 

“The Tea Party is not looked at very strongly around the country.The only attention they get is in the House of Representatives."

Um, not so much.

False Flag Tea Party Candidate in NY-26?

At Legal Insurrection:

Jane Corwin is a conservative Republican candidate in the May 24 special election in NY-26 to fill the seat vacated by Chris Lee, and should be well-positioned to win.

But, as has happened before, someone has grabbed a Tea Party line on the ballot without any Tea Party background, threatening to split the vote.  As reported by Politico, Jack Davis petitioned his way onto the ballot:

Davis, who ran a failed campaign as a Democrat for the seat as a Democrat in 2006, waged a petition-gathering campaign to get on the ballot for the May 24 special election after initially seeking out the GOP nomination. Davis, who has said he is willing to spend as much as $3 million of his own money in the race, turned in more than 12,000 petitions to local election officials earlier this week, far more than the 3,500 needed to qualify.

Davis is a spoiler, does not represent the Tea Party movement or conservatives, and his campaign is being run a self-described progressive operative....

Read the whole thing.

Occam's razor

Fred Wilcox's op-ed piece in today's Ithaca Journal headed, "Time to 'take back America' from Tea Party" (definitely read the comments, too) reminded me to take another look at the program for the Left Forum, which "convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public...to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world." Their annual conference was held this past weekend in NYC:

Got it?

There were eight panels that in one way or another touched on the Tea Party movement. From some panel abstracts:

...The economic distress of the last two years,in theory, created the perfect storm for a left-wing revival. Instead, the corporate subsidized, right-wing populist Tea Party has tapped into anti-establishment sentiment throughout the country...

...Socialism has returned as a topic of intense interest in American political rhetoric via Palin, Beck, and the Tea Party, but these redbaiters seem remarkably unaware of the actual history of socialist influence over American politics...

...With the electoral system dominated by two corporate-funded parties and workplace organizing nearly impossible, most working people are inactive or drawn to right-wing movements like the Tea Party...

...The panel will address...in the U.S., the Tea Party and the radicalization of the middle class in the crisis of neo-liberal capitalism...

Three of the eight panels dealt exclusively with the Tea Party: "Learning from the Tea Party," "The Tea Party and the Media," and one that Professor Wilcox would have found especially helpful, "Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat"

“Popular Resentment Abhors a Left Vacuum: Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat" will examine a number of interrelated questions:...* How severe is the threat to democracy, social justice, and livable ecology posed by the Tea Party? What are the future prospects of the Tea Party? * How should left progressives respond to the Tea Party phenomenon and the broader threat posed by the resurgent right in the Age of Obama?

Is that like the Age of Aquarius?  Good grief.
 
In case you think this is all just silly "proletariat v. bourgeoisie" yada yada, think again:
D.S.A. organizes Left Forum - which used to be called the Socialist Scholars Conference. That's right, the same socialist conferences that  D.S.A.'s old comrade Barack Obama used to attend while he was studying at Columbia University in the early 1980s.
In addition to the Tea Party panels and the traditional Marxist class-struggle stuff were panels on green jobs, the need for a united front against the right, abrupt climate change as the long emergency, aesthetics in protests(?), multiculturalism, white privilege, LGBT topics, Islamophobia, public education, higher education, transforming the food system, non-electoral strategies for change, degrowth, disarmament, environmental studies as radical ecology, narrowing the worldwide spectrum of healthcare, organizing poor whites, and many more including three on fracking, "Fighting Fracking with Art," "In Defense of Water: Building the Movement Against Fracking in NY and PA," and this one:
Capitalism Nature Socialism
Walter Hang is a familiar local name (whose views were addressed in an earlier guest post), as is IC's Maura Stephens. Wonder if she knows Fred Wilcox? Given the unbelievable interconnectedness of the left (never mind the campus proximity), it wouldn't be surprising.
 
Isaac Newton restated Occam's razor as, "We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances."  Well, some on the right have a hard time accepting the idea that the disparate groups represented at Left Forum are simply working together toward a common goal and instead posit more complicated explanations.
 
The simplest explanation is usually the best.

Campaign to Defund -- UPDATED

This letter is reprinted from Forward Thinking: The Ithaca Tea Party 

Dear Fellow Tea Partiers:
 
The time has come to honor our pledge to hold the "feet" of the Republican members of the House of Representatives "to the fire."  The issue is ObamaCare, which the House voted to repeal and/or defund.  It appears that the House leadership is reneging on their promise to do whatever is possible to rid the country of this threat to our freedom and the very existence of our country as we have known it. Here are the facts:
 
1. On March 18, 2011, the House will vote on another continuing resolution to keep the Federal Government funded.
 
2. It has recently come to light that buried in the 2700 page so-called "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" are advance appropriations in the amount of $105,464,000,000 providing funding to the Health and Human Services Secretary starting now and extending through FY2019. It took the Congressional Research Service 11 months to identify and total up all the billions of appropriations and fund transfers in the bill. 

3. There is no language in the current version of the continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare. 

4. House leadership, under Speaker Boehner, is reluctant to include language about defunding in the upcoming CR for the usual political reasons. They talk about not wanting to break House rules. The Republicans are the majority party and they can make the rules. They do not want to be the Party to shut down the government. But it is more important to do whatever can be done to remedy this urgent problem than to worry about what will amount to no more than an inconvenience. They seem to want to delay this battle until next year. 

5. Therefore Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-MN)  and Rep. Steve King (R. IA)  will not support the CR if language to defund ObamaCare is not included.  
 
6. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP.  Contact Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers. Urge them to withhold their support of the continuing resolution unless it contains language to defund ObamaCare. Contact your own representative even if he is the recalcitrant Maurice Hinchey and make your position clear to him. Contact as many members of the Tea Party Caucus, listed below, as you can, and urge them to honor their pledge to repeal ObamaCare and support the CR only if it contains language defunding ObamaCare. 

MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY CAUCUS

Sandy Adams (FL-24)
Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
Todd Akin (MO-02)
Rodney Alexander (LA-05)
Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
Joe Barton (TX-06)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-09)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Dan Burton (IN-05)
John Carter (TX-31) 
Bill Cassidy (LA-06)
Howard Coble (NC-06)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-04)
John Culberson (TX-07)
Jeff Duncan (SC-03)

Stephen Lee Fincher (TN-08)
John Fleming (LA-04)
Trent Franks (AZ-02)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Wally Herger (CA-02)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Steve King (IA-05)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
David McKinley (WV-01) 
Gary Miller (CA-42)
Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Rich Nugent (FL-05)
Steve Pearce (NM-02)
Mike Pence (IN-06)
Ted Poe (TX-02)
Tom Price (GA-06)
Denny Rehberg (MT-At large)
David Roe (TN-01)
Dennis Ross (FL-12)
Edward Royce (CA-40)
Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Adrian Smith (NE-03)
Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Cliff Stearns (FL-06)
Tim Walberg (MI-07)
Joe Walsh (IL-08)
Allen West (FL-22)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
Joe Wilson (SC-02) 

If you have any questions about any of this, let me know.  Remember this has to be done before the vote on Friday, March 18, 2011.
 
Thanks for all you do,
 
Fran Weissman

UPDATE:

Dear Tea Partiers,

I am having trouble determining the exact time the House has scheduled the vote on the Continuing Resolution. A few minutes ago, Hinchey's Ithaca office told me it could be as soon as tomorrow, March 15, 2011 and Michele Bachmann's Woodbury, Minnesota office told me it was scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  My current understanding is that Friday, March 18, is the date that the federal government will run out of money. I am so sorry for my misunderstanding and any inconvenience it may cause. At the same time, I urge you to contact the relevant House members as soon as possible so that your message will count. Again, thanks for all you do.

Fran Weissman

Oklahoma City, McVeigh, John Doe 2, & Bill Clinton

This week, mention of the Muslim Brotherhood's presence in the US got some folks exercised.  But If you're old enough, you remember Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. In April of last year, the fifteenth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Bill Clinton didn't miss an opportunity to pile on to the left's "Tea-Partiers-as-McVeigh-wannabes" meme:

“There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

Hmmmm.

You may also remember talk of a "John Doe 2," a third man involved in the OKC bombing, but that seemed to fall off the radar fairly quickly, something I found odd at the time—but ultimately shrugged my shoulders about. After all, not many people were paying attention to al-Qaeda at the time. 

But once again, citizen journalists, oftentimes including people who comment on news stories, are doing the job that "real" journalists—you know, our moral and intellectual superiors—refuse to do.

This story is huge, but because it doesn't fit the narrative, expect to hear crickets chirping in all the lamestream media newsrooms.

From The Patriot Ledger, via Jihad Watch:

QUINCY —It was a routine call for Quincy police about two homeless men fighting. Hussain Al-Hussaini was arrested. The victim was taken to the hospital.

Then came the surprise. Readers commenting on a story about Wednesday’s arrest on The Patriot Ledger’s website noted that a man with the same name was mentioned prominently in a book about the deadly bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

By Thursday afternoon, police had contacted the FBI and spoken to the book’s author.

Jayna Davis, author of the 2004 book “The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing,” said she asked a Quincy police detective if Hussain Al-Hussaini, the man police arrested, had a tattoo of an anchor with a snake wrapped around it. He did. Police sent her a photo of him.

“His age, his name, the picture, the mug shot – that’s him,” Davis told The Patriot Ledger via telephone after speaking with police. She said the anchor-and-snake tattoo was common among members of a branch of the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein....

A similar story was reported on The Boston Channel and has since been removed.

From 2009, at Republican Riot (via Atlas Shrugs):

[....] On June 11, 2001 — the two-year anniversary of the official “end” of our latest war against Serbs as we fortified “their” enemies — Timothy McVeigh was executed. That night, America closed its eyes and soundly went to sleep. We woke up exactly three months later.

The unanimous glee over McVeigh’s execution had to do not only with the “whiteness” of the terrorist, but also with the fact that he would take his secrets with him — and even the mainstream news accounts at the time revealed that there was much he wasn’t revealing. The public and our law enforcement were happy to not look any deeper, affording ourselves some denial and the illusion of safety. But the attack to take place three months later would lead investigators right back to Bosnia, where five of the 9/11 hijackers trained, fought, or had citizenship — and to Albania and Kosovo.

And thus to the Clinton administration. Read the whole thing.  As for the lamestream media's coverage of this story right from the start?  Cue the crickets.

A Stunning Upset in Washington State

From American Thinker:

This weekend the Washington State GOP dumped its chairman and elected longtime radio host - and serious pro-life conservative - Kirby Wilbur to lead the Party into the 2012 elections.

Washington State is divided politically, as well as geographically, by the Cascade range of mountains.  On the East side of the Cascades, often called "the other Washington," the state is solidly and reliably Republican.  On the West side of the Cascades -- which is to say, Seattle -- the state is about halfway between left-wing Socialist and middle-of-the-road Commie.... Since a few more voters live West of the Cascades than East of the Cascades, GOP candidates usually lose statewide elections....

For more than two decades now, a civil war has raged within the State GOP.  The grass roots has been conservative, while the party leadership -- known to grass roots Republicans as the Bellevue Establishment, and led by former US Senator Slade Gorton, who hails from the Bellevue suburb of Seattle -- has been, well, establishment.  During the 2010 election cycle, Gorton and his Establishment cronies stubbornly refused to acknowledge the Tea Party movement, and ignored its candidates....

Now the grass roots Republicans have risen up and wrested control of the GOP from the Bellevue Establishment.  Out here, this is nothing short of a revolution....

Just sayin'...

UPDATE: Ditto New Hampshire, Arizona, and Oregon.

" Facts are stubborn things;...

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...and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."— John Adams, speaking as the defense attorney for the Boston residents—no, wait!—for the British redcoats who had fired into the crowd at the Boston Massacre

In the wake of the AZ shooting, Washington Post cartoonist Jeff Danziger published this cartoon:

As blogger Ed Frank writes, "It’s one thing to hastily jump to conclusions before the facts are known, but it’s another to stick to those hasty conclusions in the face of contradictory facts." Frank was sufficiently troubled by the clear implication of the cartoon that he wrote to Danziger, and reproduced the exchange (with Danziger's permission) in his blog, Frank Strategies (via Hot Air).  As you read the whole post, notice how quickly Danziger's justifications descend into complete moonbattery.  But perhaps I repeat myself—lefty "justifications" and "moonbattery" often end up being identical.  But we're the nutty ones.

Backpedal-mania

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From the Weekly Standard:

Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning, former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dr. Howard Dean shared his thoughts on the Tea Party.

“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,” said Dean...."The Tea Party is almost entirely over 55 and white..."

You might be inclined to think so, too, based solely on this locally-produced video. On the national level? Not so much:

In July, USA Today reported that 23 percent of the Tea Party are non-white Anglos, while non-white Anglos make up roughly 25 percent of the total American population. Additionally, only 47 percent of the Tea Party is 55 years old and older, while 23 percent are under 35 years old.

And then the backpedaling:

Dean was sure to clarify, however, that he does not think the majority of Tea Party supporters are racist or bigoted.

Right.

And from Investor's Business Daily:

On the eve of his demotion by voters from House Majority Leader to House Minority Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., offered this insight into the psychology of the Tea Party movement:

"There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward..."

And then the obligatory "update":

Steny Hoyer’s office sent the following statement to Capital Hill (the blog that posted the original piece):

"Mr. Hoyer clearly meant that everyone has to compromise sometimes as part of a family and that compromise is necessary to successfully govern. He obviously was not referring to the personal family life of a large group of people."

Mighty hard to move forward when you keep on backpedaling.

Poor Richard's Almanack

Richard Hanna hasn't even been sworn in yet and he (as well as the other 434 members of the House) is already under scrutiny:

GOOOH stands for 'Get Out of Our House' and is pronounced like the word 'go'. It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to place 435 citizen representatives on the ballot in 2012, competing for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.... 

GOOOH is NOT a political party. It is a system that will allow you and your neighbors to choose, among yourselves, a candidate who will truly represent your district....

....Our preference is to compete in the primaries against the incumbent. It is possible we may have to run as an Independent in some races, or even form a party in a few states, but the goal is to run in the primaries. It is important to clearly state that we are not a third party. We have no platform and are a bottom-up organization. We are a process for selecting and funding candidates....

I know, I know—it's a goofy acronym, easily open to ridicule. They sound rather Ron-Paulian; you can decide what you think about that.  But the point is that there's been a lot of talk in various media about how it's unlikely that tea-party-type folks will be unable to maintain their momentum now that the election is over. But this one example, at least, doesn't seem to support that.  There are already people waiting in the wings preparing to primary Hanna and other Republicans if they a) are perceived to be RINOs, and b) decide to run for re-election in 2012. What happened during the lame-duck session just strengthened their resolve:

RINO Call (from Day by Day)

"The Tea Party’s Uphill Challenge"

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I knew there was a reason why I'm generally suspicious of things originating in academe (Prof. Jacobson and a few others excepted), and this article is a good example.  The tone is a little startling considering the source (conservative Grove City College in PA, not so far from Tompkins County): 

"The Tea Party’s Uphill Challenge," by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The Tea Party movement and its millions of supporters have high hopes that the recent elections will rein in runaway government. While I endorse this objective, accomplishing it will be far more difficult than most people realize.

Really? Perhaps our local tea party folk are preternaturally perspicacious, but I think "most people realize" that it took a century for us to get into this mess, and it will take quite some time to get out of it. In fact, "most people" are in this fight not so much for themselves as for their children and grandchildren.

The Tea Partiers will have to contend with more than just a Big-Government president and Senate. They also face well-funded, well-connected, and well-entrenched special interests,

Undoubtedly the biggest problem tea partiers face.

plus a public that expects the officials they elect to shrink government and balance the federal budget only if it’s the other guy’s programs that get cut.

Again—really? The conservative-minded people I talk to (who presumably are the ones electing the officials they expect "to shrink government and balance the federal budget") are quite well aware that this process will be painful for everybody, including themselves. The professor and I must move in different circles.

Would-be reformers will also have to deal with the larger, permanent, unelected powers that aren’t accountable to the people.

The fact is that the United States isn’t as democratic as we’d like to think it is.

OK, time for a Captain Renault moment: "I'm shocked, shocked..."

We cherish the idea that the vox populi (the voice of the people)

Who's being elitist now? I happen to know a little Latin myself, Professor, as do many others.

predominates over the will of privileged elites; that government is subordinate to the people (that it serves the people, rather than ruling them);

Oh, puh-leez! All us rednecks out here do know the meaning of "subordinate."

that those in positions of governmental power should be accountable to the people from whom they derive their authority; that government is, essentially, “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Is that the kind of system we have today?

Of course not.  There'd be no reason for a tea party (or this article) if it were otherwise.

Let’s see:

Congress delegated its constitutional prerogative to be the guardians of our money to the Federal Reserve System.

Again, nearly a century ago (1913).

As I’ve previously discussed, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke & Co. exercise extraordinary discretionary powers that affect us all, yet Bernanke—arguably the second most powerful person in America—is unelected and unaccountable to the people.

Key rules by which we live—most notably, the right to legal abortion—were created by the Supreme Court, instead of by Congress. Regardless of your opinion about the Roe v. Wade decision, it doesn’t seem very democratic that five unelected, unaccountable justices should have the power to establish the rules by which we live.

Anyone who's read The 5000 Year Leap (as many tea party people have) understands the founders' concepts of the separation of powers and of checks and balances (principles 16 & 17) and that progressive policies over the course of decades have moved us far from those founding principles. It's not news. 

Perhaps the greatest damage to democracy has been the tremendous amount of power amassed by “the permanent government,” the unelected federal bureaucrats.

Consider:

Although the Constitution confers the legislative prerogative on Congress, in a typical year federal agencies will adopt more than 10 times as many legally binding rules as Congress passes laws (3,830 final rules compared to 285 laws in 2008, for example).

The Obamacare bill grants the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to determine or define what the legislation means no fewer than 1,697 times, according to a tabulation by Devon Herrick of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

This year’s Dodd-Frank financial reform bill gives power to unelected officials to decide which financial institutions live and die. It also adds power to the 115 federal agencies that already shared regulatory supervision over the financial system, and guarantees high-paying federal jobs to all employees of those agencies, despite their failure to protect us from the financial meltdown of recent years.

The EPA has a long tradition of exceeding its statutory authority and seems determined to further cripple the generation of electricity by imposing heavy penalties for carbon dioxide emissions, despite the crack-up of the global-warming myth and the refusal of Congress to restrict CO2 emissions.

Nobody seems to be able to stop the National Labor Relations Board from helping unions to avoid conducting business in a way that is transparent to rank-and-file workers.

These are just a few examples of the power wielded by unelected officials. They are part of what the late economist Milton Friedman termed an ”iron triangle:” Congress appropriates funds for federal agencies, who, in turn, give grants to citizen-activist groups that then actively lobby Congress for expansions of those programs. Thus is maintained what Friedman and his wife, Rose, labeled “the tyranny of the status quo.”

The preceding five paragraphs constitute much of the raison d'être (I can toss around foreign phrases, too) for the tea party—no surprises here.

The influx of some new, Tea Party-supported legislators in Congress should make government marginally more democratic. At least we can count on an end to the imperial speakership of Nancy Pelosi, which was characterized by major legislation written behind closed doors (in the middle of the night),

A more salient point here might have been that the "major legislation written behind closed doors" isn't even written by members of Congress and their staffs, but by outside groups with their own agendas. That's the really spooky part. It's no wonder that folks in Congress often don't know what's going on.

ram-rodding bills along partisan lines (before even Pelosi's allies could read them), and refusing to heed the concerns of millions of Americans (by excluding their elected representatives from even having a perfunctory say in Congress’ proceedings). That is significant, though incremental, progress.

Will the Tea Party movement be able to tame Big Government in all its undemocratic manifestations? That isn’t likely on the strength of just one strong mid-term election. The task ahead is daunting.

Good grief! Does this man think that people are just sitting on their laurels in the wake of the November elections? We really aren't moving in the same circles.

Anyway, the link to the original article is here (h/t Jim) in case you'd like to read it sans my snotty comments.

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