The teabaggers are ready to go and you should get your popcorn ready. The crowds will be boistrous and there’s sure to be whack job comment sreported all over. The head astroturfers are counting on rallying the whack job Republican base, and we can expect little connection with reality and maybe a dose of racism in the mix.
Commentary By: Steven Reynolds
I’m going to predict that this Republican sexcapade (Hot Lesbian Action in Virginia GOP circles!) masquerading as a Teabagging patriotic thing is going to turn out to be a bunch of nothing today. but there’s a little room for drama here. No, Marilyn Chambers will not be appearing at the Alamo with Glenn Beck. Beck, though, might just blow another gasket, and he seems to have an inexhausible supply of them, so I’m not sure Glenn Beck will go insane, or at least to the point getting hospitalization. Yesterday Beck was on a tear advocating secession, though he refrained from the real tears this time.
There’s my son Jack to the left, rubbing his hands with glee. He doesn’t get any popcorn, since he has no teeth, after all, but he will join me watching the right-wingnuttery this afternoon.
This is all about Faux populists led by FauxNews backed up by funding from Gingrich and Dick Army of course. It is an astroturfed grassroots movement, and that’s been shown many times. But who are these people attracted to the teabagging? It appears they are the same people clinging to the conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t really born in the Us, that he’s a secret Muslim, etc. Check it out – teabaggers in Cleveland, 100% of those asked, held strange conspiracy theories as truth. There is a racist coloring to this astroturfing, and as such there’s no surprise that they are attracting members of Stormfront in droves, so that they might recruit to swell their rank ranks. All this teabagging is causing a whole bunch of trouble in Congress, where leaking envelopes of the stuff are attracting security concerns, but the Republicans don’t care. This sex-crazed teabag stunt is the only idea they’ve got.
Ideas? The Republicans are void of ideas. Some Republicans might be struggling to find some ideas with which to center their party, ideas other than sex-crazed orgies, but there’s no success on that score in sight. I’m guessing there will be more fracturing of the GOP before there is any unity, and that unity might end up with a lot smaller base than the Republicans enjoy now. The infighting that has occured so far between some Republicans and their leader will pale in comparison with what’s to come. As Juan Cole aptly notes, the Republicans are freaking out in response to virtually ever move from the Obama White House, not that I’m crying tears over that. Heck, that’s why I’ve got the popcorn, after all.
The real problem for Republicans and this stupid faux anti-tex movement is that Americans don’t agree with them, in huge numbers. That’s according to a recent poll where huge numbers of Americans say they don’t mind an increase int he size of government with the aim of getting us out of this recession. From USA Today:
A USA TODAY analysis of the survey finds demographic divisions when it comes to what the federal government should do.
– The largest group, 37% of respondents, is comfortable with big government and solidly behind Obama. Nine of 10 approve of the job the president is doing and 85% endorse the government’s expanded role to deal with the financial crisis. Nearly all of them see big business as a more foreboding threat to the country than Big Government.
This group is mostly Democratic and includes the most liberals. It has more women than men and is slightly younger and better educated than the sample as a whole.
“I don’t worry about Big Government,” says Lillie Thomas, 74, a retired hotel housekeeping supervisor in Las Vegas. “We should try to help people get back to work and get better health care.”
– At the other end of the spectrum is a smaller group that is solidly against the expansion of government and Obama’s approach. Even the plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, supported by at least three of four people in every other group, is backed by just 8%.
Members of this group, which includes 21% of respondents, tend to be white and male with education and income levels above the average. They are overwhelmingly Republican and mostly conservative.
Letting the market work – even if that means allowing automakers such as GM and Chrysler to fail – would be better than giving the government a say in the companies’ leadership and direction, says John Cronkwright, 40, a civil engineer from Liverpool, N.Y. “If we start telling these companies, –You’ve got to make this product and that product,’ that’s not really the American way of free enterprise,” he says. “That’s more toward socialism.”
– In the middle is a group that supports Obama’s plan but without much enthusiasm. Most say the government needs to take action to fix the country’s economic problems; they also want government’s reach cut back when the crisis is over.
These reluctant supporters, 15% of respondents, make up the most bipartisan group. A majority are Democrats but nearly four in 10 are Republicans. They are evenly divided between men and women, and the group reflects the national average in income and education.
Pedro Navarro, 21, lives in Muskegon, which has the highest unemployment rate of anywhere in hard-hit Michigan. He is working in a factory that makes truck parts but has seen friends and family members lose their jobs. As for the rescue plan for Detroit, “I believe it’s warranted to keep the auto industry up on its feet. Otherwise, the industry will pretty much go under.”
Even so, he worries about the government wasting money, and he says it “should step back a little bit” when businesses regain their footing.
– The final group is conflicted and uncertain. They both approve of the job Obama is doing and oppose most of the initiatives he has proposed. This group, 27% of respondents, has the lowest average income and education levels of the four groups as well as the largest proportion of women.
“I’m not sitting where I can see all the ins-and-outs,” says Edna Baatile, 60, of Tulsa, a former human resources manager for American Airlines. “I guess I just have to keep praying every day for the president and his advisers that they make the right decisions, because nobody knows.”
Yeah, that group where the teabaggers fall is about 21% in this poll. They don’t even want to help homeowners rooked out of their homes and life’s savings. Realpolitic would say that’s a bad way to attract voters. But FauxNews is egging these folks on today to be heard! They’ll be carrying their misspelled signs and hollaring about some inane conspiracy theories and generally showing the true face of the Republican Party nowadays, the Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber and George Bush face of it. Failure. Man, this is going to be a good thing for Democratic chances in 2010!
Let me be clear on one thing. I do not predict violence from these people today. Insanity, yes, especially from Glenn Beck. But I do not predict violence, as much as Beck might hope for it for reasons of boosting his ratings.