We don’t call ourselves Tea Partiers especially. In fact, we don’t think you have to carry a card to associate yourself with the movement in a loose sort of way. But, whoever it is that George Will thinks are Tea Partiers, they must have got themselves all motivated on some pretty flimsy premises, because George thinks they just don’t get it…..but he loves them.
Conservative columnist George Will argued Sunday that the Tea Party movement needs to recognize that things don’t change overnight in Washington.
Beltway much, George? First of all, for someone to tell “the Tea Party” what it “needs to recognize” is typical Washingtonspeak, no matter what side of the aisle you’re coming from. But when you have been a member in good standing of the Washington Post Writer’s Group for all these years, it’s kind of a reflexive remark. The real telling part of it, though, is that George thinks that this group, which spent months and months and months and millions of dollars organizing, demonstrating, speaking out, cajoling, convincing, promoting candidates and the whole nine yards, somehow believes things happen overnight. Incredible.
And then there’s the real insult:
“The problem is, the Tea Party movement, which doesn’t understand the fundamental paradox, which is if Washington were as easy to turn around as they seem to think it is, we wouldn’t need the Tea Party movement which we do,”
Parse that sentence. George says “we” need the Tea Party movement. What he means is that “we” need the Tea Party enthusiasm, the Tea Party get out the vote drives and, ultimately, the Tea Party votes. But those rubes in the Tea Party don’t understand the fundamental paradox that in order to turn things around in Washington, it takes a long,long,long time – several election cycles, we assume. Decades probably. Maybe even generations. Geez, George, you sure know how to discourage a group, don’t you? And since ‘Washington’ isn’t “easy to turn around”, apparently it’s got to be left up to those who have been there a long, long time, because the ruffians out in flyover country have no idea of the excruciatingly hard work and know-how involved, nor of the fundamental paradoxes due to whatever limited reasoning George assumes they have.
Okay, besides the condescension and the sense of entitlement that George, who is not an elected official but is stentorian to the nth degree in his maxims as a Beltway Insider, displays in such matter-of-fact fashion, there is the little problem of the likes of, for example, Dick Armey and Michelle Bachmann. Dick Armey served nine terms in the US House of Representatives, including eight years as House Majority leader, and chaired several committees. Michelle Bachmann is midway through her third term as US Congresswoman from Minnesota, has served on more than one committee, regularly takes to the House floor in speech and debate, has been a caucus organizer and previously served in the Minnesota Legislature. Did we mention her academic accomplishments? George, get a real tight grip and tell us again how the Tea Party doesn’t understand how Washington works. Tell us once more how ‘the Tea Party’, which extends beyond Armey and Bachmann and has been out there on the stump for going on three years now telling the people just exactly how Washington works, is fundamentally paradoxing itself. And then tell us once more how the Tea Party (God love’em!, as you would say it) needs to recognize things.
And all these things that the Tea Party fails to recognize, fails to understand, why that’s probably nothing compared to their absolute cluelessness as to how this country got itself in the mess it’s in in the first place, right George? In fact, as absolutely stunningly ignorant that the Tea Party is, it’s just incomprehensible that they even decided to do something about it, right George? But whatever, as long as they don’t start demanding things! See, that’s what committee chairmanships and Majority Whips and the OPA, the Official Party Apparatus, are there to restate and reformulate, isn’t that so, George? Why, all we need to do is cut back on spending a little, and we’ll be fine!
To quote the beloved former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, when she was referring to another famous George, “P-oooorrrrr George! He cain’t hep’ it! He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!”.