April 18, 2010

THEY AREN'T RACIST, THEY'RE ANTI-SEMITE!:

Misreading the tea leaves: Media can't figure out the tea party (Paul Mulshine, 4/18/10, The Star Ledger)

[Ron] Paul, who first employed the tea party theme in his 2008 campaign, and the Birchers agree on most of the issues that matter these days. So who’s on the other side?

Most of those self-proclaimed “right-wing” radio talk show hosts, that’s who. I found that out when I got to chatting with the guy behind the table, 56-year-old Kip Webster of Ringwood.

The subject of our conversation was radio talker Mark Levin, who recently decided to turn down an invitation to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington because the Birchers were a co-sponsor.

“He’s at best a useful idiot,” said Webster of Levin. I hadn’t heard that term since the Cold War. Webster went into a long dissertation on how the adherents of so-called “neo” conservatism — a group that includes just about all the radio talkers — are the ideological inheritors of the Trotskyite tradition. [...]

ALSO: Read Justin Raimondo's piece on the Ron Paul phenomenon and the roots of the tea parties

:The Paul movement was really the GOP’s lifeline to the emerging "tea party" movement, of which it was always an essential – and certainly a founding – element.


You almost have to assume that Mr. Mulshine is joshing here, because linking the Tea Partiers to all that Anti-War nonsense can't seriously be meant as a defense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2010 3:57 PM
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