In the one-year that The Tea Partiers have been around they have been ignored, insulted, denigrated, and dismissed by mainstream media and official Washington. They have been shut out of public meetings, compared to Nazis, labeled wing-nuts, and denounced as dangerous kooks and populist radicals.
In the face of these calumnies we are reminded that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Yes, that’s right; the political Left has decided to get in on the act.
Drum roll, please. Enter, stage left; “The Coffee Party”.
Over the last couple weeks I have noticed a couple squibs on the internet about a brand-new political advocacy group dedicated to countering the Tea Party movement. At first I thought it was a joke. I wondered if this an organization made up of people who are not Taxed Enough Already, who think government is too small, that there’s not enough intrusion, who think that when it comes to Washington spending there is still plenty of room left on the National Credit Card. The question is, will they take that famous revolutionary flag seen at Tea Parties, the one with the coiled rattlesnake, and update its message to read “Tread On Me Some More”?
The Left is good at looking down on the common-folk, at telling others what to do, but they are not good a copying conservative phenomena. Remember what happened when they tried to get in on the talk radio business? Air America, now defunct, was a nation-wide Left wing broadcasting network that spent gobs of money – some of it tax money – yet was able to attract an audience from among only the most loyal of their fringe. Just to give an idea of how big that fringe is, their “hit” program was The Al Franken Show; at its peak it drew 1.5 million listeners per week, not listeners per day or listeners per 15-minute rating segments. That’s listeners per week to their top-rated program. In broadcasting numbers that low are presumed to include a significant percentage of those who tuned in accidentally and were unable to change the dial. The few times I got curious enough to tune in I almost asked for Novocain. That was back before Al Franken got himself elected the Senator from ACORN.
So now, the Left is going to take a stab at populist organizing. Of course, their idea of “populist” is a little high-falutin’ if the Washington Post article of February 26th is an indication. One organizer was quoted saying; “let's start a coffee party . . . smoothie party. red bull party. anything but tea. Geez. Ooh how about cappuccino party? that would really piss 'em off because it sounds elitist . . . let's get together and drink cappuccino and have real political dialogue with substance and compassion.”
Yes, and then we’ll all hold hands and feel good about ourselves.
First, we can see the Left's grasp of populist reality is limited. They don’t understand that regular Joes don’t spend too much time worrying about what beverages to serve at their meetings.
Second – and I think this is an important distinction – Tea Party people do not seek to “piss off” others. Rather, Tea Partiers seek to inform and persuade – which is what makes them effective and such a problem for the Left.
So let’s get out our crystal ball and have a look. As we gaze into the future here is what’s likely to happen: The Coffee Party will perk into existence under the leadership of the customary Democratic Party enablers. They’ll hold a couple media-approved rallies. They’ll stress that they are in favor of co-operation between the public and the government. They will say they want this 2,400 page health care bill to pass, but think it should be expanded to cover everybody on the planet. They'll want to screw The Rich to the wall with taxes, they think Rush Limbaugh should be forced off the air, and are saddened by the fact that Dick Cheney has not had the big one. The mainstream media message will be, “Isn’t it nice that such reasonable people care about our future?”
But it’ll be no time at all before some guy in a “Che” t-shirt says something dumb in front of a FOX NEWS camera. Or one of their leaders is identified as a 9/11 Truther, or a spokesman is found to have an arrest record for drug and firearm violations, or somebody was busted 20-years ago for mailing a pipe-bomb but their Democratic Congressman got the charges dropped. The possibilities are endless.