Three news items converged late this week to shed some light on what’s up with the struggle for America’s soul. First, a tea party goon hopped up on birtherism and Matriarch of Mayhem videos interrupted Elizabeth Warren at a volunteer meeting to call the candidate a “socialist whore” with a “foreign-born” boss:
Notice how he encounters a locked door when he tries to make a grand exit after hurling insults at a candidate who treated him graciously. Classy guy. Smart too!
Asked about the heckler, Warren said:
“I actually felt sorry for the guy. I really genuinely did. He’s been out of work now for a year and a half. And bless his heart, I mean, he thought somehow it would help to come here and yell names. I’m not angry with him, but he didn’t come up with the idea that his biggest problem was Occupy Wall Street. There’s someone else pre-packaging that poison—and that’s who makes me angry.”
And who is pre-packaging the poison? We’ll get to the poison-manufacturing facility in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at what one of its fading distribution agents said last night:
Sarah Palin told Republican donors Thursday that Occupy Wall Street protesters want the same thing as the “fat cats” they’re upset with — a government bailout.
Palin criticized the protesters as believing they’re entitled to other people’s productivity and money and said they’ve drawn the wrong conclusions. Instead, the former Alaska governor said people should look to the tea party.
Uh huh. Palin is old news, of course—just a few weeks removed from Walmart opening ribbon-cutting ceremonies. However, someone who still matters is listening: A campaign memo leaked this week shows GOP nominee in waiting Willard M. Romney has correctly identified the source of the poison and is eager to become its chief purveyor:
Less than two months before the Iowa caucuses, Romney is skipping a major Iowa event Friday—where every other GOP hopeful will be—to deliver a keynote speech on fiscal policy to the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.
Americans for Prosperity is led by billionaire Republican donor David Koch, whose endorsement Romney seeks. An Oct. 4 internal Romney campaign memo obtained by The Washington Examiner describes Koch as the “financial engine of the Tea Party” even though Koch “denies being directly involved.” Koch endorsed Romney for president in 2008 and his well-funded group is credited with electing dozens of Republicans to Congress in 2010 and creating a network of Tea Party loyalists who are critical to Romney’s chances of winning the nomination, political strategists say.
Willard might be a whirling weathercock, but he’s not stupid, and he wants to be president very badly. That’s why he’s bypassing Iowa voters to seek an audience with the people who really matter. Romney will say what the Kochs want to hear today, and they’ll align their Colonial-themed puppet show behind him.
Will the rubes in the audience fall into line? Well, they haven’t exhibited much capacity for independent thought, so yeah, probably. Still, trying to pass Multiple-Choice Mitt off as anti-Big Gubmint reformer, champion of zygotes and enemy of “crony capitalism” is going to be a stretch.
But still, we’re talking about people who accepted career GOP politician Dick Armey as a “grassroots” tea party leader and mouthed America’s Health Insurance Plans-authored talking points at healthcare townhall meetings to stage a “spontaneous,” patriot-powered We the Pipple revolt. There’s no reason to believe they’ve suddenly developed a resistance to being duped.
Here’s what I wonder: Are the Kochs sorry Cain’s campaign blew up? A KochCain administration would be a highly attractive prospect to those greedy bastards. But on the other hand, they’re crafty enough to know the Hermanator has zero chance of beating President Obama. Hell, maybe the Kochs orchestrated the release of the sexual harassment information to get the unexpectedly resilient oaf out of the way.
I wouldn’t put it past them. They have a large investment to protect.