Remember the man holding his child at a rally in Chicago in April 2009? Remember CNN reporter Susan Roesgen disdainfully brushing aside his comments about taxes? Remember at the time Roesgen and her fellow Obama devotees in the media were reigning supreme having carried him on their shoulders to the summit of mount Olympus to crown him with the garland of Zeus? Her contempt for the man became the official narrative about the Tea Party movement not just from the Obama administration and its mouthpieces in the liberal/left US media but also from the GOP establishment and many of the so called conservative hacks scribbling away in their east coast niches. Naturally this became the prism through which the rest of the world (especially the BBC) perceived the movement – what could be described as Roesgen’s Law
“you get the general tenor of this,” tea party. “Anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox and since I can’t really hear much more and I think this is not really family viewing. Toss it back to you Kyra,”
Yet less than two years later we discover the astonishing power of the man holding his child and those around him in Chicago and all the other places where the protests were being made
Just about as many Americans want Tea Party-backed members of Congress to take the lead in setting policy during the next year as choose President Obama, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
In a survey taken Friday through Sunday, 28% say Obama should have the most influence on government policy next year while 27% say the Tea Party standard-bearers should. GOP congressional leaders are chosen by 23%, Democratic congressional leaders by 16%.
Not bad for a bunch of right wing bullies and wingnuts. Zeus and his Democrat cohorts have had to descend from Mount Olympus into the real world and many of their acolytes will have to actually work for a living. But, more significantly, to what extent have the Republican leaders in the House and Senate gone cold turkey on their Roesgen? In the past there was some suspicion that they were still not clean and even now there are signs of addiction. They need to tread warily, I wager – I doubt that the volcano is extinct…
Toss it back to you, Kyra…