April 16, 2010

Must be decaf

The Tea Party may be small, old and white, but there's no question: it's definitely hot.

By contrast, the Coffee Party -- a legitimate grass-roots answer, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to more civil political discourse -- is not.  At least as far as I can tell.

In fact, the nascent, common-sense outfit which sprouted up in the wake of last summer's over-the-top town-hall meetings and TP rallies, seems to be going over less like a percolating, pick-me-up brew and more like the lukewarm, slightly bitter pot that sits around the office kitchenette after the morning rush.  That's if a handful of news reports about the outfit are to be judged.

It's hard to tell what's on their agenda.  Their web site doesn't do much better, its mission statement built on feel-good platitudes like, "government is the expression of our collective will," and, "we will support leaders who work towards common-sense solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them."


Nice, but it doesn't have quite the same pop as "Don't Tread on Me," or "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

While the TP'ers were getting their anger on in Washington, the Coffee Partiers were, ... well, not doing much of anything from what I can tell.   Perhaps civility is part of their problem.  Speaking as a former newsman, I can say definitively: that calm, rational, give-and-take discussion stuff doesn't sell.

Talk about no drama.

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