cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Mike Tate, a 30-something liberal, who ran the state campaign for then-presidential candidate Howard Dean, was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party during its last state convention. Mr. Tate has since persisted in bombastic tirades directed, of course, at any and all who do not follow President Obama in lock-step. All this done, by the way, in the form of raising money to support Democrat candidates.
If you listen to talk radio at all, I'm sure you've probably heard some of his most recent statements from a fund-raising letter that was sent following the Milwaukee Tea Party held last Saturday on the lakefront.
So, to you "extremist elements pulling together, distinct vocal minorities that frankly don't believe in this country", way to go! To you who "don't want to see more people have access to quality affordable health care", who "don't want clean air and clean water", to you "who fundamentally don't understand how the American government, economy and capitalism work", I say welcome.
To have so grossly misinterpreted and mis-stated the Tea Party attendees' intent, and to have done so as the titular head of his party, makes me wonder about his position on the left-right scale of politics. It also makes it difficult to see him in the role in which he has been placed in by his party. He seems destined to do more damage then good for that group, especially when his statements go uncensored by the Democratic Party.
I guess many of us are certainly 'birds of a feather' so far as Mike Tate is concerned. I am frankly amazed that the mainstream Democrats would've permitted their party to be hijacked by the far-left members of that party. This would suggest that, if they were familiar with this guy, they either supported his views or simply had not done their homework. The contrast between this gentleman and the person who sits as Chair of the state Republican Party is so stark as to be almost indescribable.
Those of us who have attended or would attend a Tea party are, according to Mr. Tate, "fueled by ignorance, racism and intolerance".
I take significant exception with that generalization and with the person who made the statement.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Lincoln Was Correct".