Commentary magazine is one of the finest publications you’ll find online; Jennifer Rubin is one of its finest writers. In her recent article, “The Tea Party Rocks The Right And The Left, Rubin points out how the Tea Party movement is forcing both Republicans and Democrats to take note of, and adapt to, it.
It’s pushing Republicans back to the Founders’ original ideals of limited national government.
It’s pushing Democrats and liberals over the edge.
Born in response to President Obama’s self-declared desire to fundamentally change America, the tea party movement has made its central goals abundantly clear. Activists and the sizeable swath of voters who sympathize with them want to reduce the massively ballooning national debt, cut runaway federal spending, keep taxes in check, reinvigorate the economy, and block the expansion of the state into citizens’ lives.
Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal opinion on the Tea Party does acknowledge that “the tea party sports its share of clowns, kooks and creeps.” (The vast majority of whom, the Tea Parties have repudiated). He also shows how leading liberal media voices—Paul Krugman, E.J. Dionne—are utterly befuddled by the whole tea party movement. They simply can’t figure it out. So, they insult it and try to dismiss it.
Dismissing it hasn’t worked too well, has it?
the left did not merely misunderstand the Tea Party movement but actively distorted and vilified it. When unsubstantiated claims of “racism” start flying, you know the left is running scared. Certainly the Tea Party was the repudiation of the notion that the recession and the election of Obama had moved the country to the left. It simply couldn’t be that there was a broad and principled objection to this hypothesis. And when the rabble — that would be fellow citizens — showed again and again that the movement was genuine, determined, and deeply principled, the left had a collective meltdown, railing at the supposedly crazy citizenry.
See? THAT’s why I read Jennifer Rubin.
For those who think (or claim) that the Tea Party is a tool of the Republican elite, the results of Republican primaries disprove that. Quite a few members of the Republican elite—Bob Bennett in Utah, Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, Charlie Crist in Florida, Mike Castle in Delaware—were turned out of office by, in large part, the efforts of Tea Partiers participating in the party primary process.
Wonder why Tea Partiers didn’t gravitate to the Democratic Party? Perhaps they realized today’s Democratic Party isn’t really interested in doing any of these things: reduce the massively ballooning national debt, cut runaway federal spending, keep taxes in check, reinvigorate the economy, and block the expansion of the state into citizens’ lives.
The left understood all too well what the Tea Party was about, tried its best to strangle it in its political crib, and now has seen its worst fears come true.
THAT’s why the Left is freaking out.