Coffee, tea…we’d make a joke here about there needing to be a “Me” party, but that’s basically what we’ve got in our electoral system already, isn’t it? At any rate, the Coffee Party – started on Twitter and Facebook as a reaction to all the ‘hollering’ in the Tea Party movement – is actually a legitimate grassroots movement now, as evidenced by the fact that its founder, Annabel Park, was on Rachel Maddow‘s show last night.
“Sign a civility pledge?” “Leave our party affiliations at the door?” Something tells us that this idealism, however well-intentioned it may be, is never going to get the steamroller-coverage that Sarah Palin‘s endorsement of the Tea Party will. Politics, whether you like it or not, is almost inherently rooted in heated debate. Getting a bunch of people all caffeniated up to talk about their politics in a non-threatening, non-confrontational way seems like a good idea for your Poli-Sci 101 course, but in real life practice? Not so much. Then again, let’s all go to Starbucks today and find out!
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