Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dispatches from FailFest '10

Via FrumForum:

The explanation for this vapidity goes to the Tea Party activists’ self-conception as ideological heirs to the Founding Fathers. (Several of the delegates even dressed up as 18th-Century yeomen, to the great delight of media photographers.) The “Tea Party” motif isn’t just a clever name: In their grandiose statements, its activists really do present themselves as protagonists in an existential struggle for America’s soul – a mission that somehow transcends the dry bristle of ordinary politics.

“We’re in a crisis, a crisis as profound of the [American] Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, or World War II,” filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon told the crowd on Friday night. “You just have to ask the Kaiser, you have to ask the military junta that ran Japan in World War II, or the Nazis, or the fascists – no power on earth has ever stood against the common working-man part of this country.”

This statement seemed like a lunatic exaggeration – as crazy as anything I’d heard from the Iraq War-era activists who compared George W. Bush to Hitler. Yet everyone around me nodded their head and applauded, basking in the notion that they were the enlightened vanguard who would protect America. For all the jus’-plain-folks posturing of Tea Party activists, it is hard to ignore how massively inflated is their own self-regard.

We Tweeted Palin's keynote. It was a classic diva performance. She appeared to arrive at the last possible moment and left as soon as she was done speaking (which was no more than an hour). Her speech was a litany of Tea Party criticisms without any consideration for veracity.

In short, the Tea Party gang wanted to be pandered to and that's exactly what Palin gave them.


CJ said...

Did anybody get some film of the event?

Jb said...

Yup, it was on C-SPAN