A new organization called Crash the Tea Party is making headlines today after they released their plans to “infiltrate” Tea Party rallies and hold up offensive signs in an attempt to depict them as the “racists, homophobes, and morons” that the group thinks they are. Yesterday and today on Fox News, Megyn Kelly went after the group and tore them a new one. In doing so, she pointed out the obvious flaw in the group’s plan. Video of both segments is below.
While contributor Monica Crowley went over the rails by trying to drag Barack Obama into this by way of Saul Alinsky, she and Kelly are absolutely right about this group will end up hurting their cause more than helping it. And the two women seemed practically giddy as discussed the ramifications of it. Those ramifications are, of course, that no one will ever be able to report on prejudice or misconduct at a Tea Party rally without there being questions that this group was behind it. Hell, Crowley even tries to retroactively crush past allegations of racism in the Tea Party by saying other groups like Crash the Tea Party could have been behind everything!
After the news broke, many bloggers speculated that the Crash the Tea Party website was itself a hoax. Not wanting to lose a good thing, Fox News did another segment on the subject today with Bernie Goldberg basically saying that even if the website is a hoax, it really doesn’t matter. They’re probably right. The idea is already out there and Tea Party advocates have their defense set for any and all future scandals.
Jason Levin, the man behind the Crash the Tea Party website, spoke to the Associated Press recently and he certainly didn’t sound like he was joking. He also doesn’t seem to be a bit aware that he’s making things worse. He was excited that his idea was getting so much press and he continued to push his “brilliant” plan.
“Do I think every member of the Tea Party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not,” he said. “Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely…Every time we have someone on camera saying that Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen, we want someone sitting next to him saying, ‘That’s right, he’s an alien from outer space!'”
We all know that most party who consider themselves Tea Partiers aren’t bigots. However, there has been proof that some of them are. Now, thanks to this website, it will be much harder to pick these people out and that’s bad for everyone. It’s bad for people who disagree with the Tea Party because it will make it harder to argue with them. And it will make it bad for the many sane Tea Partiers who actually have complaints about their government and don’t want to be stuck protesting amongst racists.
Whatever the case, it looks like Jon Stewart has plenty of material for another segment of “You’re Not Helping”.
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