How to make the Tea Partiers even madder
wife and I used to live in DC. If we still did, we'd be tempted to join the
estimated 150,000 at the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert event on the National Mall tomorrow.
There's still a lot we don't fully understand about
the Tea Partiers and the political independents who have lost faith in Obama.
But one thing we should all be pretty clear on by now is that they hate, hate, hate anything that smacks
of elitism. The spectacle of affluent 18-to-34-year-olds blanketing the Mall to
snicker at jokes about wingnut ignoramuses and Bible thumpers will, I fear,
have the effect of a red cape waved before a bull.
cares if the Stewart/Colbert rallies make the Tea Partiers mad? They've been
mad since early 2009.... With Republican obstructionism in the
Senate and the impending takeover of the House by the party of "no,"
it's safe to say that, come Nov. 2, the government won't be getting much of
choose to cry about it, but I'd rather laugh.
share Arana's sense of helpless frustration with the Tea Party's success,
Republican obstructionism and the apparent
inevitability of divided-government gridlock. Still, I think Noah's right
I've said before, I appreciate Stewart and Colbert's willingness to
unapologetically work within the strange space created by the shattered
boundaries between entertainment, news and politics--a situation that long
precedes them. But the Tea Party has managed to corral a bunch of America's
worst impulses under a banner (however incoherent) of regular folks fighting
back against uncaring elites. It's also succeeded in pushing the Republican
Party right without destroying its chances of retaking Congress.
days before the election, a high-profile smart-alecky Tea Party mockery-fest
seems like a horrible idea. Stewart and Colbert may prove that they are
comedians, not opinion journalists or liberal activists--a point that Stewart in
particular is forever trying
drive home. But to do so by
giving a big electoral gift to the very people they think are so ridiculous is
an awfully high price.
other Tea Party-vs.-elites news, this quiz--based on
Charles Murray's Washington Post piece--has
been making the rounds (via CCblogger
Twenty-five yes/no questions determine your relative elitism. I answered just
nine of them elitely; apparently I'm a man (somewhat) of the people. (I confess,
however, that while I know that "MMA" stands for "mixed martial arts," my first
thought was "Metropolitan Museum of Art.")