A cool, rational appraisal of the facts should carry the day. But facts are always open to interpretation, especially when you are as mad as the Tea Party. Yesterday, I noted that Tea Partiers view the $700 billion bank bailout as Obama’s “original sin”—even though Bush signed it into law and it has proven to be a smashing success. For the Tea Party, those facts don’t seem to matter. (Scroll down on the right to see yesterday’s post about “original sin.”)
Why don’t the facts matter? In her new book “Boiling Mad,” Kate Zernike offers insight into the answer, quoting a white collar 65-year-old Tea Party activist:
“I don’t care if [my beliefs] are untrue. It doesn’t make any difference. The problem is, you guys are trying to sell this on the facts. You can have all the facts, but if you don’t trust the mindset or the value system of the people involved, you can’t even look at the facts anymore.”
It’s a maxim that the truth told in a relationship of distrust is not believed. The Tea Party is angry and doesn’t trust Obama or his administration. Hence, they don’t care what the facts are or believe anything the administration tells them. The facts don’t matter. They just want Obama out.
Do you think the Tea Party’s momentum of anger will make a difference in the November elections?
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