More than 18 months after the Tea Party burst onto the U.S. political scene, liberals in the media still don’t seem to understand what animates the movement.
Take Lesley Stahl of CBS News. She gave voice to media bafflement about the Tea Party on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program shortly before the election. “I wanted to ask all the gurus here why so many of the Tea Partiers are women,” she said in an exasperated voice. “I find that just intriguing and don’t quite understand why that has happened.” All that her fellow panelists could come up with at first was something about the charisma of Sarah Palin. But what’s the real story?