from Yahoo! news notes the following bit of information:
"A Washington Post poll taken last week showed that more people view the
[Tea Party] movement favorably than unfavorably -- and that 62 percent believe it has
either the right amount or not enough influence on the Republican Party."
Yet, when questioned about his own opinion of the Tea Party movement, President Obama explained that he regarded the "core" of the movement to be "on the fringe." He dismissed them as birthers or as wild-eyed crazies obsessed with proving his secret socialist connections. Mind you, Obama was quick to say that there is "a broader circle" around the core of the movement that is
what he deems "legitimate" in its concerns. But everyone knows that movements move
in keeping with their core; the core provides the general flavor and tenor of a movement. Would you eat an apple that you knew to be rotten at the core? Of course not.
So let's be clear about what Obama is doing here. He is positing two things to the American people. The first thing is that the core of the Tea Party movement is rotten. His second point is that the broader circle of the American people (that 62 percent who think the Tea Party either has the right amount or not enough
influence on the GOP) is laboring under a false understanding of the core of that movement. In other words, they are stupid.
It's an interesting and revealing way for a President to go about taking on his critics--particularly when there are so many of them and when "the core" of their dissatisfaction with him has to do with a piece of legislation which, he promises, we will come to "appreciate" once we are smart enough to understand it as he does. After all, he did it not because of "politics" but because it was "right."
That's certainly one way to go about persuasion . . . but a gentlemen generally seeks consent before the act, not after.