If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it…

If one reads the media, barely. Everyone, from Planned Parenhood to Moveon, from Kucinich to Michael Moore is blissfully content and proud of the Heritage Foundation healthcare/insurance/reform, offshore drilling, teachers firings – you name it.

Of course, my trips to B0botland find that, beyond the dozen or two operatives there, everyone else is hopping mad.

One of the access bloggers feels invisible and unrepresented in the media

The media loves-loves-loves this tea party story, but the tea partiers really aren’t anything new, and they don’t represent a very big group of voters. There is a lot of anger out there, but most of it is righteous anger that Democrats can and should tap into – anger that Wall Street and other bad actor big companies have been allowed to destroy our economy, and that no one is taking them on for it.

Duh! Welcome to my world! I have been invisible since 2000, as a Robbedvoter. Only very rarely the voter discontent would be brought up and then there were only blacks, and mostly blacks in Florida.

Riverdaughter has a good (and karmic) explanation

What the media has the power to do is amplify the voices it likes and mute the voices it doesn’t like.

And the cameras are never going to cover you, no matter how many millions you get to march on Washington.

Indeed, the only story the media covers today is the tea party. The only way disgruntled Democrats are going to be visible is…if they join it.

CNN actually gave them a headline

Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party

anectodal examples of Obama voters are given. When it comes to numbers though, CNN is more than stingy

To be sure, the number of Democrats in the Tea Party movement is small. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that while 96 percent of Tea Party activists identify themselves as either Republican or Independent, only 4 percent say they are Democrats.

I seem to remember more from the “Angry White Women” poll

16 percent are Democrats or independent voters leaning Democratic;.

and then there’s a newer survey that finds that

Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Dems or independents

he national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic,


Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.

Of course, I can’t. for the life of me understand how someone calling themselves liberal can think that the Heritage Foundation bill is socialist – or too much intervention from the government. Except I know for a fact its true – they do exist, I know some of them.

Maybe they simply had enough of  being invisible and feeling isolated politically.

Like the rest of us who are keeping our political beliefs and find ourselves miles away from the party which went all the way to the right.

Some of us voted against Obama as we saw this coming. Some voted for him and are only now waking up to the reality. You can pretty much check any of my recent posts to hear their muted voices

. Sometimes I have to wonder if he has any real convictions.

Is there anything he won’t backtrack on?
99. I’m sure he does

its just that we have no clue what they REALLY are.

100. He firmly believes that he should be the president.

106. to be fair, he did get that puppy

08. Point taken.

Forgot about the puppy.

169. But not from a shelter, as he originally indicated that he would

really; there appears to be NOTHING.

73. yes, he even managed to fuck that up

not getting a pound dog as he said on the campaign trail. :rofl:
Everything else, apparently, is negotiable

But unless they all decide to make themselves heard in November, they’ll be as irrelevant as their former activist organizations now turned propaganda outlets: Moveon, Planned Parenthood, NARAL etc.

And they’ll have to get used to the frustration of the narrative that only the Tea Party is the opposition these days. You are either with them or with Obama.

And if you are a woman, that goes double for you. You either celebrate the curtailing of your rights or else, not even those B0bots who are fed up with Obama are going to notice you. Oh, and in the Tea Party you’ll be more racist than anyone and ridiculed more as having the same scary lady parts as Sarah Palin by the Bobots. And all that, while working for your own opression.  So, good luck, wherever you end up.

Come to think of it, it’s a meme constructed to empower the status quo, not the Tea Party. It’s designed to project the image where the whole country is united around Teh One – except for a few fringe right winger – insert epithet of choice to go with it.

Of course polls belie this – but push this narrative long enough, it may affect polls too.

So, operatives out there, don’t complain. Embrace it.

Just like I embrace my invisibility. It’s a good thing for a witness to have, after all.


h/t Mary from Confluence, Bob Somerby updated the Daily Howler

He, among other things writes about the self-defeating effects of the over the top attacks on the Tea party

Tell the truth. Let’s be real. When it comes to the simplest political judgments, is anyone dumber than we are? Those savvy Big Interests cheer and applaud when we liberals say things like that. Their tasks become much, much easier.

What Somerby fails to see (sharp that he is) is that the so called liberals – access bloggers, politicians that he mentions are now talking for the party – which has nothing whatsoever to do with “liberal” anything anymore.

In order to avoid quoting Nader, I’ll go to another Illinois Senator, from 1932 who :

advised progressives not to expect too much from the Democratic Party. It was, he wrote, “maintained by the business interests” as a kind of “lifeboat.” Whenever the GOP ship sprung a leak—whenever Republicans were no longer willing or able to do business’s bidding—the interests simply piled into the other party and made their escape.

Rangel, Digby, Moveon, Obama & friends are just doing the bidding these days. Will they be able to maintain political power for long? With the increased effectiveness of money in politics, it’s really up to business.