Whether he honestly believes it or not, Andrew Breitbart is at least trying to position the Tea Party as an egalitarian, color blind organization:
What is at stake here is that blacks and women are creating the “tea party”, making it a place that unlike the Republican Party which is a toxic environment for blacks and that’s been the media’s job for years. This is a place where blacks and women and hispanics can go to recreate this country in its original Constitutional vision.
Andrew Sullivan isn’t having any of it:
Does the Tea Party, even in its symbolism, welcome Hispanics? If so, why is the love so unreciprocated? Could it be the virulent cultural xenophobia and nostalgia that pulses through the movement? Does it welcome African-Americans, even as it demonizes and race-baits the first African-American president? Does it embrace women, even as it seeks to abolish all legal abortion under all circumstances? Does it appeal to the young, even as it refuses even to contemplate any civil rights for gay people?
People like Breitbart can never, and will never understand why the current incarnation of the GOP and Tea Party are so offensive to most minorities. While Breitbart rails at the ‘liberal media’ for causing the considerable resentment, he would do well to spend time viewing himself on camera. Objectively, he’d see an incredibly angry middle aged white man pinning the woes of the country on the ‘lazy poor’ and the new black President. He’d see a man refusing to hold the rich and powerful to account for their role in decimating the economy, while demonizing vast sectors of the population for wanting help from the federal government. But Breitbart isn’t self aware enough to see how ridiculous he looks – a slight problem when trying to rally the people he spends most of his professional life attacking to his cause.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.