TEA Party

Glenn Beck at Restoring Honor

Glenn Beck at Restoring Honor (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

A New American TEA Party, The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes by John M. O’Hara. I have read dozens of books from right-wing authors trashing Barack Obama and this book is the worst of the lot. I read it cover to cover, but don’t you waste your time. It is not about the TEA Party as much as it is a vehicle for criticizing the President. It is chock-a-block with false and misleading information followed by 38 pages of notes to lend it an air of authenticity. I followed one endnote that purported to quote Barack Obama. It did not sound like anything that the President would say, so I was curious about it. The alleged quotation cited Glenn Beck paraphrasing what he thought Barack meant. Phony, phony, phony. O’Hara’s closest competitor on the right is Michelle Malkin who wrote the  introduction.

O’Hara frequently praises community organizing. Community organizing for the TEA Party is GOOD. Community organizing for the poor as Barack Obama and Saul Alinsky did is BAD.

Please see this interesting and timely article on the TEA Party as an Astroturf organization. They peaked just in time to do maximum damage in the 2010 election that enabled the GOP to take control of many states and gerrymander Congressional districts. We will live with those results until 2020 or until the gerrymandering can be corrected.