Tea Parties

Democrat Fund-Raising E-Mail: ‘Take Our Country Back’ From ‘Teabaggers’

By on 9.19.10 | 1:39PM

A major Democratic Party activist group has denounced "Teabaggers" as "racist" and "extremists" in a fundraising e-mail.

"Have you watched cable news lately? The Tea Baggers are everywhere!" begins the fundraising appeal sent Sunday morning by Arshad Hasan, executive director of Democracy for America (DFA). "The Tea Party is news because they've won a few upset primaries -- but let's be honest -- that's not the only reason they're getting wall-to-wall coverage. Honestly, that weirdly racist tinge makes for good TV. Bizarre, wide-eyed accusations of the President and hilariously misspelled signs demanding an English-only country will drive up news ratings. . . . People should know about these extremists."

Asking Democrats to help "take our country back," Hasan wrote: "Contribute $10 today and beat the Tea Baggers in November. Come November 3, the only reason the Tea Party should be on TV is for losing a lot of elections."

Obama Steeps Tea Partiers

By on 5.4.10 | 1:03PM

Americans for Tax Reform notes today that the president used the derogatory term for tea partiers in an interview with Jonathan Alter for his upcoming book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, and then reminds us of his call for civility only a few days ago in his commencement speech at the University of Michigan.

Frank Rich: The Theater Critic as (False) Prophet

By on 3.1.10 | 7:26AM

My own column today isn't the only pushback against Frank Rich's Sunday smear of the Tea Party movement. Ron Radosh, Ed Driscoll and John Hinderaker also take Rich to task.

One particularly brutal rejoinder comes from Noel Sheppard of the Media Research Center's Newsbusters blog. Sheppard notes that one year ago, Rich wrote a column about "pseudopopulism," in which the New York Times columnist declared that the response to Rick Santelli's CNBC "tea party" rant had "fizzled." Sheppard writes: