Maybe this makes no difference, but I genuinely believe that the “conservatives are Real Murkins/the liberal media hates Real Murkins” narrative hurts Democrats politically. So it annoys me when
Karl Rove Lanny Davis Howard Dean says things like this:
Howard Dean … expressed a surprising admiration for the mad-as-hell tea party movement….
The former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont governor [spoke] at a forum on the 2010 midterms sponsored by Hofstra University on Thursday….
“I actually approve of most of what the tea party is doing… I think it’s great to have individuals reach out to take their own responsibility for their own [future] and lashing out against government that has really forgotten them… but I also believe that there is a fringe of racism in the tea party, which unfortunately for the tea party that is focused on” by the media.
He blamed the “liberal media” for focusing on the “Obama is a Nazi” posters instead of the party’s populist undercurrents but also said “FOX runs these race-baiting programs… aimed at ginning up the racists attitudes that you see.” …
I think it’s fair to say that DC elites have forgotten about the unemployed. But teatards (this is the same study I linked to before) are not disproportionately unemployed or economically disadvantaged.
Much of Bush’s 2004 re-election strategy involved firing up the teatard base (they weren’t called that before but it’s the same people).
But, hey, Obama should have given Howard Dean a cabinet position.