Friday, April 10, 2009

Andrew Sullivan put up this very smart post about the "tea party" flames being fanned by Fox News and Pajamas Media. Sullivan does admit that he might be sympathetic to the cause if it could be pinned down.

As a fiscal conservative who actually believed in those principles when the Republicans were in power, I guess I should be happy at this phenomenon. And I would be if it had any intellectual honesty, any positive proposals, and any recognizable point. What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don't feel part of the culture at all. But the only word for that is: tantrum.

These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It's a function of a movement's intellectual collapse and a party's fast-accelerating nervous breakdown.

How do you handle a three-year-old when he or she throws a tantrum in a public setting? Any suggestions?

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