by Chris Haire
Driving into work yesterday, I was listening to The Morning Buzz with Richard Todd. I don't do this as much as I did in the months leading up to the presidential election. Since then, the normally right-neutral Todd has veered a little further onto the partisan propaganda off-ramp for my tastes, but he's still one of the most level-headed of talk radio hosts around. He still allows his guests to speak and he still disagrees with the GOP overlords. And that's a good thing.
But here's what's not a good thing: Continuing to try to portray the Tea Party phenom as anything but a movement of pissed off right-wingers, mainly Republicans. Come election time, the vast majority of these folks will vote for the GOP, while a few anti-establishment types will cast their ballots in favor of a fringe Xian group like the Constitution Party or the also-ran Libertarians. You know it, I know, we all know it.
That said, hosts like Todd, congressmen like Jim DeMint, and many a Teabagger will claim that the Tea Party movement is not partisan, but anti-government. Fine. But, as we know, of the two major parties, only one has oxymoronically portrayed itself as, um, "anti-goverment" for 30 years or so, and that's the GOP. Rightly or wrongly, the Dems are a big government-loving party — the Republicans, not so much, at least when it comes to rhetoric. (The other parties are minor leaguers in a major league world; they simply aren't a part of the debate, no matter how vocal they may be from time to time.)
So come on, guys, lay off the BS. The Tea Party movement is partisanship politics at its best. And I mean that sincerely.