Writings and observations

Well, uh, that Tea Party

One of the more powerful video takedowns of an opponent so far in this year’s cycle. And it could be replicated in a lot of places outside of Washington’s 2nd district, which – Democrat Rick Larsen‘s consistent wins there notwithstanding – is leans Democratic only a little, and could readily elect a Republican.

Probably not, though, one like the local voters think of in the way Republican John Koster is portrayed here.

Hat tip/Horse’s Ass.

A QUOTE A reader sent, a few weeks ago, this quote about the Tea Party and similar aggregations, which synthesizes some of what this ad seems to be getting at, maybe a little more pungently (but no less usefully):

“A new strain of populism is metastasizing before our eyes, nourished by the same libertarian impulses that have unsettled American society for half a century now. Anarchistic like the Sixties, selfish like the Eighties, contradicting neither, it is estranged, aimless, and as juvenile as our new century. It appeals to petulant individuals convinced that they can do everything themselves if they are only left alone, and that others are conspiring to keep them from doing just that. This is the one threat that will bring Americans into the streets. Welcome to the politics of the libertarian mob.”

Oh, and this: “They are apocalyptic pessimists about public life and childlike optimists swaddled in self-esteem when it comes to their own powers.”

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