Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quotable - it needs to be said:

Yes that’s the Tea Party – a collection of old and angry white tribalists who want to cut government spending except for the trough they feed at.
I wouldn't normally expect such strong wording from a blog called The Moderate Voice. Then again, these are strange times in which reality and rhetoric rarely match:
Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.
The demographic makeup of TP is something that is worth making note of. There has been speculation since the so-called movement's inception. My suspicion was that these were largely the same folks who were freaking out during the final months of the 2008 Presidential election season. The first actual survey data started coming out late last winter, suggesting that the folks identifying with TP were overwhelmingly white, older, and relatively well-off (at least upper middle class). Contrary to TP protestations of independence, it turns out to be overwhelmingly Republican as well, and its financial sources are right-wing billionaires. Angry white tribalists who will support any candidate who panders to their most base inclinations seems like a fairly apt description indeed.

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