That was my first reaction to this Daily Beast post (H/T Hot Air Headlines), at least: after all, the original ‘rage’ was in point of fact a collective delusion of the progressive Left, based equally on their self-perceived (if never self-acknowledged) lack of self-worth; and progressives’ self-awareness of how badly they’d act if given the opportunity. If you don’t believe me on the latter, look at these Wisconsin anti-reform protesters from March:
Now that there is some rage. Hilarious rage.
But I digress.
Anyway, there are three major reasons why no rage:
- There wasn’t really any to begin with; people were pissed off, which is frankly a lot scarier to your average politician. Enraged people don’t have and follow strategies: as the 2010 election handily demonstrated, pissed-off* people do.
- A good deal of the Tea Party’s goals have already been accomplished. One big one? Stopping Congress from doing something stupid, like passing another ‘stimulus.’ Another big one? Scaring Republican politicians.
- Contra to a large number of pundits and observers – including the ones at the Daily Beast, come to think of it – Tea Partiers are functional, fully-socialized adults, not petulant adult-children who scream when their binkies are taken away from them. See the video above.
Mind you, protest fatigue is real enough: but it’s a secondary issue. Or wishful thinking on the part of the establishment. Or both.
*No, I’m not sure either why the hyphen looks right in the one case, but not the other.