The best sort of clueless person is the sort that pats themselves on the back for actually being all with-it, and suchlike. Today’s example: Larry Lessig. Lessig didn’t really write anything that was good enough stylistically to quote, so I’ll summarize: Lessig hates Citizens United, likes to beat the dead horse of public financing of elections (mind you, that horse was shot four years ago by Barack Obama), and thinks that there should be an organic grassroots movement designed around the bedrock principle of Do Whatever Larry Lessig Says. And that said grassroots movement needs to be cultivated by the Democratic Establishment (which includes Larry Lessig, despite his no-doubt vehement protestations otherwise). Because, you know, the Democrats need to create their own Tea Party.
[Van] Jones is now attempting to lead a social movement. The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports today that Jones is launching “an Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring,'” designed to rally “the 99 percent.”
Hopefully, this time without the rapes and violence*. Seriously, though: how many of these initiatives by Jones have we seen by now? There has to be at least a half-dozen of these schemes of his: at what point will Jones confront the possibility that maybe the reason that he and his can’t replicate the Tea Party is because that he and his, well, suck?
*Well, I hope. I can’t speak for the people who would be planning to attend said “Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring.'”
The New York Times, discussing the alleged politicization of the IRS in an election year:
Jay Sekulow, a conservative lawyer known more for his stands on religious freedom than for his tax work, said he is representing 16 Tea Party groups that are claiming harassment by the I.R.S., and the number is growing. He said he intended to demand an explanation from the Treasury Department on Wednesday for what he called “McCarthyism” tactics and that he would contact Republican lawmakers this week.
“This is obviously a coordinated effort by the I.R.S. to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” Mr. Sekulow said. “It’s as onerous as what they did to the N.A.A.C.P. in the 1950s, and I plan to make that point.”
…has a future in politics are the people that don’t actually really understand American politics. Which apparently includes Time Magazine.
But let me dumb it down: if the best that the Occupy movement can do is: field one candidate who will probably lose his primary; and create a cargo-cult PAC… then no, the Occupy movement has no future in politics. Go ask the Tea Party movement how far along they were at the equivalent point in the last election cycle, compare it to where the Occupiers are now – then either wince, or engage in mocking daemonic laughter, as you see fit.
…as reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.
On November 14th, representatives of our Tea Party attended the City Council meeting to speak to the Mayor and Council during the citizen forum. Mayor Jones, apparently too busy to listen to his constituents, got up and left before we spoke. He had no problem inviting members of the Occupy group to his office for a closed door meeting days later, at the same time refusing to meet with us.
His administration, however, found the time to send us an audit letter…
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:
…(no relation) on the vicious attempts by Democrats to smear Tea Partiers as ‘terrorists.’ Note that Charles Lane does not actually agree with the Tea Party, but manages to tell the difference between them and, say, people who try to murder civilians with nail bombs and rat poison; something that the Left seems to be having (deliberate) trouble with these days. However, there’s this howler:
…[liberals] are surely correct to condemn such ugly rhetorical excesses as the Obama-is-Hitler placards that flowered across the land in the summer of 2009.