The more the media lambasts the Tea Party, the more likely the public will be to turn against them, or so the Alinsky model goes.
Here's David Axelrod explaining how the downgrade is the fault of the Tea Party:
Axelrod said S&P’s decision was “largely a political analysis.” “And that's what we should focus on because what they were saying is they want to see the political system work. They want to see a sense of compromise. They want to see the kind of solution that the president has been fighting for, a large solution that will deal with the problem, that will be balanced, that will include revenues.”
Instead, said Axelrod, conservative, Tea Party-influenced Republicans “played brinksmanship with the full faith and credit of the United States. And this was the result of that.”
Excuse me, Mr. Axelrod, but what was Obama's plan? Did he have one? No, I didn't think so. Axelrod wants you to think it's the Tea Party's fault we got downgraded rather than Obama's lack of a plan or the over the top spending of the Democrats.
Steve Benen ponders a whole litany of wrongs by Republicans before he finally lights on the debt ceiling debate as "the worst thing the Republicans have ever done":
I still think there’s something unique about the Republicans holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage, threatening to impose a catastrophe on all of us, on purpose, to achieve a specific (and unnecessary) policy goal.
Again, never mind the fact that Obamacare is about to add millions to Medicaid forcing a rationing situation onto our medical professionals; never mind the explosion of cost and bureaucracy that will result from Obamacare because holding the line for fiscal conservatism is so much worse than that (as lame as that line was).
Howard Dean calls the downgrade "a tea party problem":
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean took a stronger tone on CBS, suggesting the tea party has been “smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it” and said of the entire default and downgrade morass, “this is a tea party problem."Joe Biden even called the Tea Party terrorists (although he now denies it).
And so it goes...it's all aboard the Alinksy Train to attack the Tea Party, to marginalize them, to make them seem anti-American, even. "Why, it's all the Tea Party's fault that your interest rates have gone up!"
Truth is, as Professor Jacobson pointed out:
Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan. Ever.
All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present. But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements (the Ryan plan) and to take dramatic action as to spending (Cut, Cap and Balance) the White House went along with Democratic demagoguing of the issue.
So now it's all the Tea Party's fault.
Do not be led down the dark, smoky path of the Alinsky-ite Obama minions. The Tea Party faction held the line as best they could. Even John McCain has gone from calling the Tea Party "hobbits" to defending their mandate:
“We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending. And for them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November,” McCain said.Call them names. Alienate them. Turn people against them. Defeat them. The Alinsky way.
Don't be snookered. Obama owns the downgrade and whatever aftermath is to come -- not the Tea Party.