And now, tea parties of the left

From Dana Milbank, who covers politics for the Washington Post:

Tea parties — they aren't just for conservatives anymore.

Liberals are turning against President Obama with an energy that until now has been reserved for Fox News viewers who wear tri-corner hats and wave yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flags:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a news conference Wednesday, declares that she won't ask House members to support Obama's Afghanistan troop increase in a January vote. "The president's going to have to make his case," she says, calling it a "vote of conscience."

About the same time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a news conference to denounce Obama's renomination of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. "When the people voted for change in 2008," he says, "they did not vote to have one of the key architects of the Bush economy be reappointed."

Howard Dean goes on the radio and says of the Senate health-care bill, which Obama is fighting mightily to pass: "The best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill."

MoveOn.org calls a protest outside the White House to demand that "the president to stand up to Joe Lieberman and fight for the health care reform principles he campaigned on."

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who gained fame by saying Republicans think Americans should "die quickly," holds a news conference to denounce Obama's Afghanistan policy and reads a petition on the House floor asking members to vote against sending more troops.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), in a series of outbursts, criticizes Obama over Afghanistan, health-care reform and the handling of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Where does this put President Obama? Where does this put the Democratic party?

I know where it puts me. I can hardly wait to torment my arch-Democrat brother over the holiday season. I’ll come out praising Obama, telling my brother that he was right to be such a big fan. I’ll say how much I appreciate Obama for embracing George W. Bush’s policies. In fact, I’ll say, he has even pushed them farther than Bush ever dreamed of. Bush gave us one war; Obama gives us two, complete with an emulation of the last administration’s “surge.” Bush practiced deficit spending, but Obama outdoes him multitudinous times over. Bush bailed out the banks and big corporations, but Obama bails them out even more. And then Obama gives us original policies that carry out the Republican fantasies more than Bush ever dared to: A health care plan that enriches the insurance companies! etc., etc. I’ll keep pushing it (beyond what I believe, of course), saying that the Republicans should nominate Obama themselves to form a national unity ticket. Oh, how my brother will squirm, get defensive, and get indignant. The more he will complain, the more I will praise President Obama. And if he should criticize the president, I’ll act shocked and gently accuse him of racism. The very thought of getting together with family during this happy season fills my heart with a holiday glow.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Jonathan

    Presidents have to get pulled to the center, always. They can’t govern from the poles.

    I don’t think you can call the opposition on the left, “TEA party” as that is an acronym for “taxed enough already” which is not a gripe of the left. However, they would probably prefer “tax everybody again.”

  • Jonathan

    Presidents have to get pulled to the center, always. They can’t govern from the poles.

    I don’t think you can call the opposition on the left, “TEA party” as that is an acronym for “taxed enough already” which is not a gripe of the left. However, they would probably prefer “tax everybody again.”

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Hey, if Democrats start protesting high taxes, I’m all for it!

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Hey, if Democrats start protesting high taxes, I’m all for it!

  • Rose

    Ed, You’re the type of rascal brother I fret about before hosting my Christmas gathering–always stirring the pot.

  • Rose

    Ed, You’re the type of rascal brother I fret about before hosting my Christmas gathering–always stirring the pot.

  • Joe

    I am going to assume that you are the older brother.

  • Joe

    I am going to assume that you are the older brother.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Well, yes, Joe, I am. Yes, Rose, I’m afraid I’m that too. Understand, though, that no one in our family gets angry about our political-back-and-forths. It’s more like a sporting event. What we take far more seriously is when we play Risk.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    Well, yes, Joe, I am. Yes, Rose, I’m afraid I’m that too. Understand, though, that no one in our family gets angry about our political-back-and-forths. It’s more like a sporting event. What we take far more seriously is when we play Risk.

  • DonS

    It sounds like a fun family gathering. And probably a good deal more sporting for you this year than this time last year :)

  • DonS

    It sounds like a fun family gathering. And probably a good deal more sporting for you this year than this time last year :)

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    My first thought was whether or not your brother reads this blog. If he does, he will see you coming a mile away. Then again, he probably sees you coming from afar anyway and has a counter attack planned out already.

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    My first thought was whether or not your brother reads this blog. If he does, he will see you coming a mile away. Then again, he probably sees you coming from afar anyway and has a counter attack planned out already.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Presumably, your brother will simply be relieved this year not to have you tossing the word “Alinskyite” into every other sentence. My, what a difference a year makes.

    Also, in what revisionist history does this sentence make sense: “Bush gave us one war; Obama gives us two”? Or are you just conceding that Bush never really cared much about Afghanistan in the first place?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Presumably, your brother will simply be relieved this year not to have you tossing the word “Alinskyite” into every other sentence. My, what a difference a year makes.

    Also, in what revisionist history does this sentence make sense: “Bush gave us one war; Obama gives us two”? Or are you just conceding that Bush never really cared much about Afghanistan in the first place?

  • Carl Vehse

    Oops, better make that “0bama gives us three wars.”

    The Nobel Peace Laureate just issued orders to attack Yemen. The attack killed two Al-Quada members and scores of men, women, and children, most of them suspected islamoterrorists.

    So – ‘manly military maneuver’ or ‘wag the dog’? Oh, and where was the authorization for this under the War Powers Act?!?

  • Carl Vehse

    Oops, better make that “0bama gives us three wars.”

    The Nobel Peace Laureate just issued orders to attack Yemen. The attack killed two Al-Quada members and scores of men, women, and children, most of them suspected islamoterrorists.

    So – ‘manly military maneuver’ or ‘wag the dog’? Oh, and where was the authorization for this under the War Powers Act?!?

  • Tim Webb

    I could never vote for Bush (either time) or Obama… I thought both were terrible choices. But I agree with you… Obama is just more of the same Bush. I chide my hard core republican friends when they rag on Obama… I can’t really see any difference between him and Bush!

  • Tim Webb

    I could never vote for Bush (either time) or Obama… I thought both were terrible choices. But I agree with you… Obama is just more of the same Bush. I chide my hard core republican friends when they rag on Obama… I can’t really see any difference between him and Bush!

  • Bruce Gee

    And here I had this image of you, Ed, as a kind, gentle Oklahoman. The Mr. Bilbo of Tucson, so to speak. Little did I think you’d be a Pot Stirrer. I’m…I’m shocked. But if it gets you into the spirit of the season, heck. I’m all for it.

  • Bruce Gee

    And here I had this image of you, Ed, as a kind, gentle Oklahoman. The Mr. Bilbo of Tucson, so to speak. Little did I think you’d be a Pot Stirrer. I’m…I’m shocked. But if it gets you into the spirit of the season, heck. I’m all for it.

  • Bruce Gee

    Shoot, Tucson? How about Okie City? Tulsa?

  • Bruce Gee

    Shoot, Tucson? How about Okie City? Tulsa?


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