4000-5000 people chanting, “Stop spending my money,” was one of the largest protests in years as they took over the steps of the Capitol in Olympia, WA, yesterday…so noted the Tacoma News Tribune this morning. This was “Front Page” stuff for them.
While I commend the TNT for this front page report, they went on to give much space to the Senate Majority Leader, Lisa Brown (a “D”) who countered that it was the Bush administration who was at fault for the current fiscal conditions and the need for “bailouts.” She completely disagreed with the arguments that it is a “spending problem.” Such a typical response from the “tax & spend” side of the aisle. And yes, the D’s, who are in a majority here also, are proposing increasing taxes in WA…also front page stuff this morning.
On the national side, a good friend was in Annapolis working, & reported to me this morning: “After getting to my hotel around 7 PM I watched FOX and at commercials clicked to CNN and MSNBC. The attacks on TEA Party participants was beyond anything I have ever heard.
“Shepherd Smith did some mention of TEA, Bill O’Rielly had a fair segment of his show with a segment of Cavuto from a Sacramento rally, Hannity was devoted totally to the day and had people speak from several locations, while Greta had another pretty full show dedicated to TEA. She was at the WA DC rally in pouring rain and had Glen Beck with a good segment from the Alamo where thousands of people gathered.”
“The left wing stations with whack jobs like Rachel Ward and Keith Olberman were making all sorts of comments about Fox being a republican cartoon network, with temper tantrums of conservatives. One guy on MSNBC (not sure of his name since I was just flipping back and forth) associated the TEA participants as radical extremists bent on destroying America. Thank God for the woman he was interviewing, as she at least said no one had guns or even acted like that.”
Yesterday, Rush had this to say: “Don’t be afraid of people saying that you’re angry about Obama’s agenda. It’s a genuine emotion. For crying out loud, we’re talking about the United States of America! We’re talking about our foundation of the Constitution. We’re talking about preserving this country as it was founded for our children, grandchildren, ad infinitum — and we’re up against somebody who wants to totally remake it, tear it apart, and rebuild it with a new foundation.”
Remember, now, the Obama’s DHS report warns of “right-wing extremists” and militias who “oppose Obama’s policies” was presented the day before the “Tea Parties.” On obvious attempt to blunt the effect of the “Tea Parties?” Now, now, why would I think that?
NBC’s Chuck Todd says that the “Tea Parties haven’t caught on.” Well, Chuck, looking at the response across the country, I think you’d better button things down, because this might “catch on!” It just might be possible. I think citizens who are watching this administration’s fiscal policies are a bit restless. You know, this thing just might “catch on!” Look out…