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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,

and

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

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It was only a few days ago that I caught that skewed interpretation of a poll into a new meme which I recognized as an upcoming trend.

Sure enough, there is a 3 page feature in Politico under the heading

Face of the tea party is female

It uses the same Quinnipiac poll as TPM did – the same dishonest interpretation of “55% women”

Just to remind the overlooked numbers in that poll

As for the gender breakdown, the 55% female majority puts the tea party movement in line with other political parties, with the exception of independents.

To be sure, unlike the TPM manifesto, the sell here is softer. No longer is the racial aspect in mentioned and while healthcare comes in a lot, not a peep is made about choice rights/pro-life

Of course the reason for this new meme is clear:

“For years, it has been the liberal women who have organized and been staunch grass-roots and policy advocates,” Rebecca Wales, a spokeswoman for Smart Girl Politics, a new group formed to train and mobilize women in the tea party movement. “No longer is it only the liberals. Conservative women have found their voices and are using them, actively and loudly.”

It’s what I thought. By giving women on the other side prominence, one indirectly silences the women on the other side, the Jane Crows.

The ones who have been told: attack Palin! She is anti-choice! The one briefly remembered in this paragraph

The women became furious. Voices were raised. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), a close friend of Pelosi’s, lamented about “all the women we were just throwing under the bus” and called it “a betrayal of all the women that had fought for this for so long.” Pelosi, according to two participants, had tears in her eyes. But she got the votes — that time.

and then thoroughly forgotten in the celebration.

This way you have a win win: you put Jane Crow in her place and you give gas to the anti-choice movement. make that a win-win-win: misogyny was the ugly engine that drove Obama’s run. It needs to be revved up again

And we should be quiet because “This President supports abortion rights’ (yeah, the RW coined phrase that means nothing to us, but he said he supports them, OK?) In fact, he even said once

“The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice
Act. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield. And Planned
Parenthood will not yield.”

And thank the Gods, Planned Parenthood didn not yield!

Going in B0botland to find  torches and pitchforks on this meme (and there are – mostly on Palin), I had a pleasant surprise

No thank you to DU men and women who sat back and watched a….

Dem president sign off on an anti-choice statement.

It is one more nail in the coffin.

Of course the few rational statements were clobbered with chants of “STA_TUS_QUO!” from the mob formerly known as “Hope and change” but I was glad to read posts such as

9. hip hip hooray for the status quo!

The status quo in the country is that it is more difficult for women to make a choice.

Sorry, but when a Democatic President is willing to make this kind of concession it doesn’t bode well for the Party continuing to be a protector and defender of choice.

I guess change and bold new initiatives are inoperable when it comes to choice.

and

8. so how does this work if your husband is pro-life and wont

pay for the separate insurance rider and you want an abortion anyhow. If your a Stay at home Mom with no income, how are you going to get the coverage?

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