Friday, March 18, 2011

Tea Party Echoes of "Clinging to Guns and Religion"

According to former Member of Congress Tom Davis (R-VA) on Real Time,
Bill, what has happened is people aren't voting their pocketbook. They're voting culture. They're voting how they feel about gays, how they feel about God. They're voting Guns. They're not voting economic because they don't see their interests bound up economically. They see it, how does the world look at them.
Right-winger Dana Loesch agreed on the social issues, but disagreed on economics.

Couldn't the Davis comments be paraphrased as, oh, I don't know...
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Oh, right - then-Candidate Obama recognized the influence of economics, so it would appear that he was more in agreement with Loesch than with Davis. Or perhaps I should say, she with him.

In fairness to Davis, although I expect that old habits die hard and most Members of Congress spend years avoiding making statements that might be confused with candor, it's easier to be honest when you are no longer running for office. In fairness to Loesch, she seems to be way outside of her depths.


  1. Loesch was seated in the middle, which was odd because Maher usually puts the comedian in the seat closest to his own. She had some pretty good laugh lines, in a Sarah Silverman sort of way.

  2. Loesch is a lot like Michelle Bachmann - does she really hold the opinions she shares, or is she putting on a show that gets her fame and makes her money (who cares what it does to the country)?


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