On his nightly Tea Time segment during his MSNBC show Countdown tonight, host Keith Olbermann dove into the growing desperation of the Tea Party movement, and said, "A hint of desperation is starting to sink in. He highlighted that the Tea Party has admitted that they coined their own nickname. He used poll numbers that show the negativity of is starting to hinder the enthusiasm of Republicans.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) continued to distance himself from the members of the fringe right by refusing to call President Barack Obama a Socialist today on CBS' Face The Nation. When asked the Socialism question, Brown said, "I think the President is a good man... I know he cares deeply about our country. But it-- it's just different priorities." Brown also took a swipe at the birthers by saying that he knows that Obama is an American.
While reporting on the Tea Party rally in Boston today for FNC's America Live, Fox News reporter Molly Line tried to spin away the fact that Sen. Scott Brown decided to not to show up at the rally and associate with the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Line said, "Tea Partiers gave him some credit actually for not coming here today." Only at a rally led by Palin and Fox would Brown get credit for not showing up.
I protested the Iraq war, way before it was cool to do so, and the Wikileaks Video of “Collateral Murder” demonstrates why I opposed the invasion, but I also spent a week embedded with training soldiers, as they took on the exhaustive task of preparing for battle. Those on the left who criticize miss the point as their self-righteous reaction is a simplistic denial of their own complicity in allowing this war to be fought.
While trying to claim that the reports of the Tea Party's racism are a giant Democratic conspiracy, Andrew Breitbart offered up a racist explanation for why Tea Partiers attacked the Black Congressional Caucus. Breitbart said, "The very act of the Black Congressional Caucus walking through the Tea Party people while holding all those videos was an act of provocation." Those black congressmen should have known their place, eh Andy?
When asked at a forum last night by Media Matters if it was appropriate for Fox News to be so openly supporting the Tea Party, the CEO of Fox's parent company Rupert Murdoch said that Fox should not be supporting any party, and that he wanted to investigate the matter, so as an attempt to help along Rupert's "investigation" here are some videos of Fox's Tea Party advocacy.
Throughout my life I’ve never hated someone’s message so much that I wanted to shut him or her down by force. My liberal parents taught me that those folks had a right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech. This is our right as American citizens. Part of my job as a citizen is to tolerate ideas with which I do not agree, so long as they do not infringe on the rights and safety of others. This is a concept that Republicans no longer understand.
The crew over at FNC's Fox and Friends program got their collective panties in a knot over Bill Maher's recent appearance on The Tonight Show when he claimed that it the teabaggers' protests helped to pass health care reform. Eric Bolling said that Maher offended the Tea Party by calling them teabaggers, and, "There was only one teabagger in the studio at that time, and it was Mr. Maher."
Fox News is spending the day, amping up the tea party rage for the protest in Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's hometown. Host Neal Cavuto spoke to former vice president Dan Quayle who said, "God bless these folks," and he proclaimed them a, "not so silent majority." When a movement's intellectual leaders are Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, it has some really big problems.
On C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning Rep. David Nunes (R-CA) expressed his approval of tea party protesters who shouted faggot at Rep. Barney Frank and nigger at Rep. John Lewis. Nunes said, "Yeah, well I think that when you use totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy." Racism and homophobia have nothing to do with health care, but everything to do with the tea party movement.
In an interview that will air on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel waded into the civil war that is going on within the Republican Party. Emanuel refused to identify the tea partiers by name, but he described the state of the GOP as being, "at the behest of a fringe group that's taken control of their own party and their own leaders are scared of it."
Even though the far right is trying their best to unseat John McCain, the Republican establishment continues to line up behind him, as today Jeb Bush endorsed McCain over his primary challenger J.D. Hayworth. Bush said, "John is a proven conservative leader committed to reducing taxes, fighting wasteful spending and keeping America safe." McCain is calling in lots of favoring and showing why the tea party movement has little chance of overthrowing the GOP establishment.
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was on ABC’s This Week this morning, where she made an interesting offer to the tea party movement. Pelosi claimed that the tea partiers share the same view as progressives on the issue of the special interests, so they should work together on that issue. Of course, since the tea party is now controlled by special interests, her offer will be rejected.
The morning after brought nothing but more rage for Tea Baggers; They are the "silent majority" and America will hear them roar!!! Here's their beef (aka, what they meant to tell us yesterday): They're really mad at all taxes! Oh, and also NBC. NBC is now the devil.