It’s been reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said two things on Nevada Public Radio: “And I hope, I hope that it’s — and I say this seriously — hope that their – [opposition is] based on substance, not the fact that he’s African-American.”
“Who is the Tea Party? Well, understand [that] when I was in school I studied government, among other things. And prior to World War I and after World War I we had the anarchists. Now they were violent, you know, some say that’s what started World War I, the anarchy movement. But they were violent. They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people. The modern anarchists don’t do that, that’s the Tea Party. But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists: They do not believe in government. Any time anything bad happens to government, that’s a victory for them.”
I thought about these two remarks in juxtaposition, and came up with a theory, two versions of which have been deleted from comments to the NRO story Reid Hopes GOP Doesn’t Oppose Obama Because of His Race.
Analyzing the undercurrent of Reid’s remarks, I find it interesting that he is even allowing for the possibility that people might be opposing Obama based on substance rather than race. I detect in that a possible shift in demonization strategy for specific political reasons. It seems to me that “Raaaaacist!!” has been the primary mischaracterization used against the Tea Party. I felt the NRO story buried the lead, which is that there may be a new party line dropping the race card—it may be losing effectiveness anyway—and focusing on anarchy. It would go something like this:
“Tea Partiers are [not racists, they are and always have been] anarchists. Anarchists are opposed to any government whatsoever, even our fine Constitution, and I have even seen some of the Tea Partiers burn it, yeah, that’s the ticket! Of course not all of them are violent…at least not yet…but we know historically those guys throw bombs and start wars…so we must keep an eye on them…doing so is certainly not scandalous….”
I am no political tea-leaf-reading expert, so I could be wrong, but wouldn’t the “anarchists” meme lay a new line of defense of government overstepping in the public mind as the IRS targeting investigation expands and becomes more difficult to dismiss? • (1236 views)