I say "good!" Because it simply makes the Ruling Class easier to beat.
Note: While the following excerpts focus more on Democrats than they do Republicans, here at The Classic Liberal Blog, we lump them both into the same dirty and despicable basket (for reasons that should be obvious by the end of the post).
Liberals are having a hard time trying to comprehend what’s behind the apparent growth in the Tea Party’s popularity. Over the past year, they have used various derogatory terms to describe the Tea Partiers, and most recently their preferred slur was to call them racists. But now, after the electoral wins, many of them are throwing their hands up and calling the Tea Party ‘crazy’. They point to supporters like Christine O’Donnell, winner in the Republican primary in Delaware, who has made statements about her witchcraft past and her opposition to masturbation.
When the Tea Party was just a small protest group (which was only about a year ago), it was one thing to label the organisers nutty. But in doing so today, after election victories, liberals now have to claim that a significant minority of voters are irrational, too. In turn, the Tea Party feeds off that, as a significant part of the electorate knows that it is being condescended to by liberals. Voting for a Tea Party candidate is a way of giving sections of the liberal elite the middle finger.
The real issue is that, when it comes to the Tea Party, liberals have two big blind spots that render them unable to understand what’s going on. The first is that they fail to appreciate the depth of popular alienation from the political establishment. Voters are generally disenchanted with politicians across both parties. A New York Times/CBS News poll found that congressional Democrats’ approval rating was at 30 per cent, and congressional Republicans’ approval was even lower, at 20 per cent. A separate survey by Gallup found that approval rating for all of Congress is at an all-time low of 18 per cent (down from a peak of 39 per cent shortly following Obama’s entry into the White House).
When you have such dissatisfaction in American politics, is it so surprising that some look to alternatives like the Tea Party?
[T]he tremendous attention paid to the Tea Party results in a distortion of political discussion. It also means that Democrats are ducking some uncomfortable realities. For example, polls indicate that majorities oppose many of the Democrats’ favorite policies, like healthcare reform. In some swing states, like Ohio, establishment Republicans (that is, not Tea Party) are leading Democrats by big margins in congressional races. Instead of facing up to this, Democrats prefer to shadow-box the Tea Party.
Labelling the Tea Party – and those who vote for their candidates – as ‘crazy’ does little to illuminate the forces behind the movement’s rise. But it does reveal a lot about liberals and how aloof they are from today’s political dynamics.
Before getting back to the Tea Parties, please take a glimpse into what the Ruling Class thinks of American citizens on the "left" too.
President Obama gave an interview to Rolling Stone and actually said this:
The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible. . . . .If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we'd better fight in this election.
This may be one of the most audaciously hilarious political statements I've read in quite some time ... for Barack Obama to cite "civil liberties" as a reason why Democratic apathy is "just irresponsible," and to claim with a straight face that this election will determine whether we're "the kind of country that respects" them, is so detached from basic reality that I actually had to read this three or four times to make certain I hadn't misunderstood it.
Speaking of inspirational messaging, Vice President Joe Biden yesterday said we must "remind our base constituency to stop whining." Last week, Obama condemned "Democrats griping and groaning," and the day before he mocked Democrats who "just congenitally, tend to get -- to see the glass as half empty." That, of course, was preceded by Robert Gibbs announcing that liberal critics of the President who complain about continuation of Bush policies "need to get drug tested," while Rahm Emanuel had previously shared his view that dissatisfied liberals are "fucking retarded." Echoing those sentiments almost verbatim, Matt Yglesias called this week in The Daily Beast for a "little less whining and a little more cheerleading from the left," and accused those who fail to comply of "self-pity and self-indulgence" on the ground that the enthusiasm gap could jeopardize gains in health care coverage.
I'm not the slightest bit "offended" when Obama officials and their apparatchiks voice these accusations ... it's hardly a surprise that Obama officials harbor these thoughts about the "left." Contempt for the left is one of the unifying beliefs of the Washington establishment, which is why most conventional establishment journalists ... cheered Gibbs' outburst about the "Professional Left."
What is notable about it is what it reveals substantively. The country is drowning in a severe and worsening unemployment crisis. People are losing their homes by the millions ... The Obama civil liberties record has been nothing short of a disgrace, usually equaling and sometimes surpassing the worst of the Bush/Cheney abuses ... The major bills touted by Obama supporters were the by-product of the very corporatist/lobbyist dominance which Obama the candidate repeatedly railed against. Rather than take responsibility for any of this, they instead dismiss criticisms and objections as petulant, childish, "irresponsible whining" -- signaling rather clearly that they think they're doing the right thing and that these criticisms are fundamentally unfair.
That is what makes these reactions significant: not that anyone's feelings are hurt by the name-calling, but that they believe that this record merits gratitude rather than valid condemnation, and that anger over the state of the country is nothing more than irresponsible whining.
And it's even more baffling that they seem to believe that insulting their disappointed supporters -- rather than addressing the source of their critiques or, even better, doing something about them -- will generate enthusiasm to go vote.
And that my friends, is the Ruling Class in a nutshell.
It matters not if you are "left" or "right," the Establishment simply hates you. This is why I keep saying the "Democrat vs. Republican" debate is dead. It's over. It's meaningless. Believing otherwise is to live in a fantasy land.
For the GOP, these statistics must give the establishment pause. Not only do the Tea Parties have numerical strength within the GOP, they are clearly the driving force of enthusiasm within the party. The message for the GOP is clear; Hippy Punch the Tea Parties and you WILL draw back a nub.
With Tea Partiers making up one-third of voters, the Democrats may want to rethink their fantasy that the Tea Parties are a fringe group.
Unfortunately, it doesn't "give the establishment pause" at all. Why would it? After all, Establishment Republicans think no better of "We the People" than the Establishment Democrats do.
Face the music people, they've been fighting TEA Party-backed candidates all the way! Sorry to have to break it to you like this, but the Democrats and Republicans in Washington represent one party and one party only - the Ruling Class Elite.
GOP insiders seem increasingly willing to choose spoiler tactics against the Tea Party candidates ... What they don't seem to understand is this: it is this sort of double-dealing and lack of conviction that spawned the Tea Party in the first place--the notion that the GOP would rather allow liberals to win than tolerate a win by conservatives.
Sorry my friend, but what you don't seem to understand (like most of us) is that the Republican Party does not share your goals. The Republican Party doesn't exist to advance conservative ideas, it exists to advance itself. You and I may want conservative values, but what the Republican Party wants is control over a multi-trillion dollar budget.
Like it or not, this is reality. The sooner we all accept this truth, the sooner we can get the country back on the right track.
Politics is not professional sports. Rooting for your favorite team is futile. Actually worse, it's damaging. You have more in common with your "Democrat" neighbor than you do with any "Republican" Establishment figure. Stop letting them pit "We the People" against ourselves, and stay focused on the Establishment instead.
And don't worry about Republican Party "understanding." You're out to beat 'em, not to proselytize 'em. Be the "leader" you're looking for. Become a hardcore constituent and let's take America back!