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Lindsey Graham spits out tea party
Graham didn't duck when asked why the Original Maverick, John McCain, wasn't with him on his compromise efforts: "John's got a primary. He's got to focus on getting re-elected. I don't want my friend to get beat."
The lead for Politics Daily is Graham saying: "I ain't gay." Which I guess was a rumor out there.
Meanwhile, "three of 10 Americans describe themselves in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll as Tea Party supporters. . . . They are overwhelmingly white and Anglo, although a scattering of Hispanics, Asian Americans and African Americans combine to make up almost one-fourth of their ranks. . . .
"Nine in 10 are unhappy with the country's direction and see the federal debt as an ominous threat to its future. Almost as many say neither President Obama nor most members of Congress deserve re-election. . . . Nearly half say blacks lag in jobs, income and housing 'because most African Americans just don't have the motivation or willpower to pull themselves up out of poverty.' One-third of non-supporters agree."
Liberals are buzzing about the Times piece. "As a matter of policy," says Washington Monthly's Steve Benen, "I don't agree with Graham about much of anything, but all of these observations are entirely sound. The reason I put 'movement' in quotes every time I write about the Tea Partiers is that it's a contingent with no clear agenda, no leadership, no internal structure, and no meaningful connection to reality. Its passionate members, while probably well meaning, appear to have no idea what they're talking about. Genuine political movements -- civil rights, women's suffrage, labor unions -- have, as Graham put it, a 'coherent vision.' The Tea Party has Hitler signs and a cable news network, but that's not much of a substitute."
Come on -- the Hitler signs don't represent 99 percent of those who identify with the tea party.
Speaking of which, check out the faux Republican outrage in New York's Daily News:
"Vice President Biden is out with an alarmed e-mail cash appeal warning that the GOP will mount a 'blitzkrieg' against Democrats in the fall.
"Comparing GOP tactics to the fast-striking forces of Nazi Germany, Biden warns in a message sent by the DCCC today: 'As things heat up, you can expect House Democrats will be hit with a GOP blitzkrieg of vicious Swift-Boat-style attack ads, Karl Rove-inspired knockout tactics, thinly veiled attempts at character assassination and tea party disruptions.' . . .
"Kevin Smith, spokesman for Minority Leader John Boehner, e-mailed a comment that seems sure to get under Democrats' skins: 'When will Democrats learn that invoking the Nazis' crimes against humanity in a political debate is simply inappropriate?' "
Drudge went with a big Nazi headline. The News shouldn't have fallen for this. Biden's word had as much to do with the Nazis as football teams do when they talk about blitzing the opponent.
The LAT on the Obama speech at American University: