Thursday, February 11, 2010

Acronyms and Tea


Before the 2008 election, the Republican version of the Democrats MoveOn.org was the dubyaphile Freedom Watch. After the election Freedom Watch shut down almost at once. On April 30, 2009 Eric Cantor along with John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, and others announced the National Council for a New America (NCNA). Great hoopla and fanfare made NCNA quite the hullabaloo on the blogs and talking head circuit for about 20 minutes. Its embarrassing website (talks!) is still up, but the NCNA is now dismissed as a non-starter. Now, it's The American Action Network (AAN), an effort by the likes of (shocker) Norm Coleman, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour, Karl Rove, Rob Collins (senior aid to Cantor), Douglas Holtz-Eakin (senior adviser for McCain), Ed Gillespie, and Fred Malek. The NCNA is now the AAN.

While the above create acronyms, another set of folks are talking tea. While some lines cross and blur (Palin speaks tea yet endorsed McCain), the GOP is clearly splitting into two camps. The bifurcation is rippling into elections across the country. In AZ we have McCain (acronyms) vs. Hayworth (tea). In CD-8 we have Paton (acronyms) vs. Kelly (tea). Watch the endorsements and blog posts as this heats up.

At present the energy appears to be flowing from acronyms towards tea in what will become ugly. Tea exists because acronyms, under the staggering incompetence of the Bush administration, utterly lost their way. Tea may have a good year in 2010, but its long term prospects involve tombstones. What acronyms grasp that tea does not is that tea's vision condemns half the country. Meghan McCain did not mince words: innate racism. Add policies that butcher the poor (e.g. abolish the IRS and implement a 28% sales tax), ignore climate change, gut education, and leave corporate greed unchecked. Tea can reminisce about plundering Mother Earth and "white boy day," but no amount of shouting will refreeze the caps, help the poor, or purge the country of "those other people."

What emerges will not be a clear victory for any of the players, but some soupy mix of all of the above. Dysfunction permeates the entire system and includes both parties. The weak minded blame Obama for his predecessor's mess. Imbeciles think a snow storm refutes climate change. Kentucky has a Creationism museum that shows humans frolicking with velociraptors. Matters are likely to look worse before they look better.

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Anonymous Anon said...

Thought provoking. I think there are elements of tea that make a lot of sense, like the need to control spending, for real instead of bullshit talk (Bush), the need for tort reform, the need to stop corruption and corporate welfare, the need for Washington to stop serving itself and its rich friends and start serving the people, for real instead of bullshit talk (Bush).

But yes, tea also brings out, perhaps because of Obama, the nutjobs like Tancredo. This will get ugly.

2/11/2010 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Cliff said...

I really liked Paton in the past. He seemed like his own guy but now I hear he is Don Diamond's boy. Not a good sign.

2/11/2010 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know that Paton is "Diamond's boy," but he will have Diamond's support and $4800 donation to be sure.

Paton is definitely the "acronym" candidate. Where Diamond is, you can probably find Click.

2/11/2010 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

EJ Dionne has a good article related to your post. He called the acronyms "established Republicans" and referred to the tea people as "anti-statists" who essentially distrust Washington and hate any increase in the power of federal government on principle alone.

There has been a faction of people vehemently opposed to federal government power ever since the country formed. His article concludes that the established Republicans will never make the tea people happy, which de facto implies that tea will never BE the Republican party either.

2/11/2010 3:13 PM  

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