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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weak tea

What if they gave a rally and nobody came? Or next to nobody? That appears to be the fate in the home of the original Tea Party.

Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty had the Boston Common virtually to himself, a crowd that even the Tea Party Newsletter pegged at only 300 turning out to hear the former Minnesota governor. Sarah Palin he is not.

Part of the problem may have been timing -- 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Sure it was Tax Day, even though it actually wasn't for reasons that still elude me. Usually the only people with free time on a work day are those who are retired or perhaps unemployed.

You know -- collecting government checks for Social Security or jobless benefits. I suspect the majority of the working people there carried pads or microphones. Heck, even the payroll patriots who work in the Statehouse had checked out for the day.

A sampling of the faces shown by that working press, hefting signs demanding a stop to spending, tends to bear that out.

What they lacked in numbers they apparently made up for, somewhat, with noise, offering what the Globe called a "boisterous" reception for T-Paw, who lamented:
“The message for us should just be this: The government’s too damn big.’’
Interesting message from a man whose career includes the planning commission, city councilor, state representative (including majority leader) and two terms as Minnesota governor. That's a career collecting a government check in case someone asks.

Pawlenty tried to be the voice of calm, refusing to attack Mitt Romney just down the hill from where Myth dropped in occasionally between 2003 and 2007. But the former Minnesota chief executive did have harsh words from Romney's signal accomplishment: health care reform.
“Obamacare is a really bad piece of legislation, one of the worst, I think, in the modern history of the country,’’ [he told reporters, before adding] “I don’t get in the business of criticizing Governor Romney over this issue. I just share with people what I think is right, which is we went in a different direction in Minnesota.’’
The crowd apparently broke up before home-bound commute, not that they would have made much of a dent on the highways or fans crushing into the MBTA to get to the Red Sox game.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

People seem to forget that the real Tea Party was about throwing the teabags overboard.

April 16, 2011 11:23 PM  

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