Tea Party Is a Farce
Populists? These are rich white people, they write
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2010 1:11 PM CDT
With the Capitol in the background, Tea Party protesters gather at Freedom Plaza in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Two columnists catching up with the Tax Day rallies skewer the Tea Party movement as a farce, for different reasons:

  • Dana Milbank, Washington Post: It's filled with "faux populists." They "march under slogans such as 'can you hear us now?' and 'we the people,' but their demands on Tax Day were more those of the angry affluent than oppressed commoners." Their real message: "Tax the wealthy less and the poor more."

  • Charles Blow, New York Times: The black columnist went to a rally in Texas, and the only minorities he saw were stadium workers or those on stage. "I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused."