This anti-Tea Party strategy was kicked off the weekend of August 20 and 21 when President Obama, political adviser David Axelrod and former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all criticized that "stubborn group of grass roots Americans."
After the TV appearances the baton was picked up by the Congressional Black Caucus, their rhetoric was even worse. The Tea Party was no longer just stubborn; they were racist demons and the enemy. Maxine Waters told the Tea Party to go to hell, Frederica Wilson declared the Tea Party was the enemy, CBC Whip Andre' Carson's statement that the Tea Party programs are the efforts of Jim Crow who would like to see Black American's "hanging from a tree," and former Civil Rights Icon, Jesse Jackson's outrageous charge that the Tea Partiers were the ones opposing the civil rights movement led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The Tea Party opposing Obama, Jackson said, should be called the "Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery."When you remember how John McCain was forced to appologize when the man giving his introductory speech prior to the 2008 election for using the full name of his opponent, Barack Hussein Obama, it's rather chilling the dichotomy here...Obama is silent.
No[w] follow that up with what we heard from Hoffa Jr, and the Vice President, the Democratic party attacks do not only seek to position the Tea Party as the reason the Obama Presidency has failed, no it is more nefarious than that. They are trying to dehumanize the Tea Party as Devils, who should be in Hell, Sons of Bitches that should be taken out, Barbarians, Jim Crow racists who want to lynch black people, and/or simply the enemy.
I think Yid is right. The Democratic Party is "preparing the battle space" by attempting to demonize the Tea Party movement.