Why The Tea Partiers Are Wasting Their Time

Before there was a “Tea Party Nation” there was the “Christian Right”.  These two conservative movements share one fatal weakness: Both are held in utter contempt by the corporate interests that run the Republican Party.

Here’s an oldie but goodie from the Dubya Administration:

Top White House political advisers embraced evangelical supporters publicly to get their votes while mocking them privately as “nuts” and “goofy,” according to a new book by David Kuo, the former No. 2 man in President Bush’s so-called “faith-based” initiatives program. . . .

Asked if White House officials really mocked conservative Christians, Kuo told Lesley Stahl, “Oh, absolutely. You name the important Christian leader and I have heard them mocked by serious people in serious places.”

Specifically, Kuo says people in the White House political affairs office referred to Pat Robertson as “insane,” Jerry Falwell as “ridiculous” and that James Dobson “had to be controlled.” President Bush, he wrote, talked about his compassion agenda, but never really fought for it.

Today’s teabaggers can expect similar treatment from the Boehner-McConnell Gang: fulsome expressions of support in public, and nothing but ridicule and condescension behind the scenes.

The Tea Party movement, to the extent that it’s “about” anything at all, is supposed to be about “liberty” and “smaller government”.  But corporations don’t care about that stuff.  Corporations don’t even care about capitalism.  They care about tax giveaways, market share and higher profits.  Period.  The astonishing naiveté of the teabaggers — their wide-eyed willingness to be used like Kleenex by Republican bagmen — dooms their noisy movement to substantive irrelevance.

Republican politicians have been spewing empty rhetoric about “limited government” and “individual freedom” for thirty years.  It hasn’t stopped them from piling up huge deficits and expanding the powers of the national security state to snoop on Americans — all with nary a peep from conservatives.  (As Ross Perot used to say, it’s good dog food if the dogs will eat it.)  The GOP doesn’t need a bunch of angry wingnuts dressed up like Paul Revere to tell them how to regurgitate Ronald Reagan’s tired old platitudes.  It’s all fake anyway!

Teabaggers are simply the latest in a long line of grass-roots suckers.  They need to find a more discreet social outlet for their rage before they embarrass themselves into political oblivion.

[From my blog: http://partisandawn.wordpress.com/]



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