Keli Carender has a pierced nose, performs improv on weekends and lives here in a neighborhood with more Mexican grocers than coffeehouses. You might mistake her for the kind of young person whose vote powered President Obama to the White House. You probably would not think of her as a Tea Party type.
…and the Old Grey Lady pretty clearly was not in it. They didn’t do a bad job of reporting this story, but very little of it fits their existing narrative of the Tea Party, and you can tell that the writer was somewhat aware of that.
You probably know Keli as Liberty Belle; you almost certainly know he as the woman who invited Rep Norm Dicks* (D, WA) to come and take a twenty from her personally if he was so hot to tax his constituents for health care.
She’s spent the last year developing an activist infrastructure in Washington, and is now engaged in the pleasant activity of working to pry Sen Patty Murray out of her seat. That probably alarms the NYT more than anything else. You get the feeling sometimes that the activist Left has generally assumed from their own experiences that creating and supporting a populist movement is hard; a large part of their hostility to the Tea Party movement is rooted in the latter’s ability to so rapidly generate a structure that is already making some local incumbent Democrats nervous about their re-election prospects.
What? The rest of their hostility? Oh, they just like hating things.
*Cook rates his seat as Safely Democratic, but I have to wonder. D+5 is not inaccessible in this current political climate.