Anyone who was wondering what the media would talk about once the health care debate was done need not wonder any more: it is all Tea Party all the time these days. More to the point, who are the Tea Partiers and who is responsible for bringing them about. Joe Klein has an answer.
This morning on the Chris Matthews Show, Klein reiterated what former President Bill Clinton also noted this morning (and what others have pointed out in the past), namely that anti-government movements are nothing new on the American political landscape and tend to appear when the economy is struggling. What is different this time, however, according to Klein, is the presence of Fox News, “which allows its commentators like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck to rouse the Tea Party”, and a GOP that is lacking in a “responsible, moderate” leadership. Fighting words.
Meanwhile, Norah O’Donnell thinks that Sarah Palin is “stoking” the “seething anger” that is out there. At which point Klein read out the definition of seditious (from a napkin) as being “conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state.” Said Klein: “A lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from Glenn Beck, and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, are right up close to being seditious.” John Heilemann thinks Rush Limbaugh should be included in that seditious mix. Video below.
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