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Wonder if his work for FoxNews had something to do with it

Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of Juan Williams.  He’s one of the smartest liberal pundits out there, able to concisely summarize the Democratic position on any given issue; he also has a great deal of admiration for the president.  Listening to him, we conservatives can learn what the “other side” thinks.  And he shows respect for his conservative sparring partners.

Michelle Malkin who has debated him “vigorously . . . many times over the years“, points out that he argues with “respect and cordiality”.

Now, NPR has fired him because, as Ed Morrissey put it, he “made the unpardonable sin of admitting that people boarding flights in ‘Muslim garb’ makes him nervous“.  According to the New York Times:

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

How PC have we become when the government-subsided radio network fires a man for admitting his own fears, fears shared by many Americans in a post-9/11 world?

This is a real loss to journalism, when a liberal with integrity can’t keep a job on a liberal network.  Maybe it wasn’t that comment, but the fact that he offers commentary on (and supposedly thus lends legitimacy to) FoxNews.

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  1. Yeah. There are just some things you cannot admit to. You should have seen the drubbing I got when I admitted on Facebook that I have a bias I deal with – I hate being waited on by chicks when I go to the auto parts store!

    Most have no experience working on cars and don’t know a distributor from a voltage regulator. I’m sorry, but auto parts is a guy thing. Now, where she’s also turn a wrench and knows her stuff… no problem. But usually they have no experience and, before the advent of computer indexing parts, they would sell you the wrong part.

    From the responses I got, you would have thought I was the devil reincarnate!!!

    Comment by Sonicfrog — October 21, 2010 @ 12:11 pm - October 21, 2010

  2. Nothing new for NPR.

    Last year, they tried to pressure Mara Liasson to stop appearing on Chris Wallace’s Fox News Sunday show. NPR has long held an animus toward any profile character assisting the Fox network achieve market penetration or appear fair and balanced.

    Mr Williams will do well with this firing; so will GOPers because, just 2 weeks out from EDay 12, it reminds political watchers and American voters shows how utterly monopolistic, insecure and frightened the liberal media leadership is in America.

    Fox pundits and others can decry the liberal media bias… but these kind of stories have far greater impact on informed viewers/readers than hearing the same allegation from Bernie Goldberg or Michelle Malkin, week in, week out.

    Now, will OReilly devote three 60 minute shows dissecting the NPR Williams firing? I hope so; Williams deserves it.

    Where’s a staunch voice like Jesse Helms’ in the Senate asking to cut NPR and PBS govt subsidies when we need one?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 12:13 pm - October 21, 2010

  3. It is important to note that:

    “In 2009, NPR asked that Williams cease to identify himself as their a “senior correspondent” when on the O’Reilly Factor — even though that was his title in reality.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/npr-has-been-wanting-to-fire-juan-williams-for-some-time-105440113.html

    NPR had it in for Williams long before he made the comments that resulted in his termination.

    Comment by Sean A — October 21, 2010 @ 12:22 pm - October 21, 2010

  4. While I often don’t agree with Juan Williams, it was shabby of NPR management to fire him via his cellphone, without hearing his side, based on orders from “higher authority” to fire him regardless, and apparently on marching-orders from the apologist CAIR.

    I thought his comments were fair and reasonable.

    Comment by Ted B. — October 21, 2010 @ 12:38 pm - October 21, 2010

  5. This is a real loss to journalism, when a liberal with integrity can’t keep a job on a liberal network.

    Nah. Now he can go out and get an honest job, and be a liberal journalist for an honest entity.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — October 21, 2010 @ 12:39 pm - October 21, 2010

  6. After watching Geraldo Rivera, and nearly pulling my hair out at the clumsy way he puts his “facts” together, i came to appreciate the logical methods of Juan Williams, even if i disagreed with the majority of his conclusions. (He is a Democrat after all.)

    Geraldo Rivera makes huge leaps of logic. (Al Capone’s Vault) Juan Williams puts his arguments into words. Juan at least makes an attempt to engage the audience on intellectual level. Geraldo says; “Yeah…well….you’re wrong.”, but never tries to explain why.

    How much campaign money must the DNC save every year by having the NPR do their bidding, and having the taxpayers foot the bill? The same goes for PBS. Let’s keep Sesame Street & the Pottery show, and then CANCEL ALL POLITICAL CONTENT!

    *Bill Moyers is a former trustee of George Soros’s Open Society Institute.
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 21, 2010 @ 12:52 pm - October 21, 2010

  7. Why is NPR still receiving public funding?

    Comment by V the K — October 21, 2010 @ 1:33 pm - October 21, 2010

  8. If Juan Williams thinks he was blindsided, he is incurably naive. Actually, Juan’s head is being placed on the MSM bed by George Soros.

    Time to tighten up the circle, journalists. You better get back on the party line or you will get a major taste of unemployment.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 21, 2010 @ 1:39 pm - October 21, 2010

  9. Why are we funding National socialist Party Radio? F*k CAIR and all the brainless douche holes who blow them.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 21, 2010 @ 1:56 pm - October 21, 2010

  10. Joe McCarthy would be proud at the way the modern left has perfected the blacklist.

    Comment by V the K — October 21, 2010 @ 2:20 pm - October 21, 2010

  11. BTW, remember how the Soviets used to declare critics of the regime insane and order them committed to mental hospitals. Well, the CEO of NPR says Juan Williams should seek psychiatric help about his Islamophobia.

    Comment by V the K — October 21, 2010 @ 2:24 pm - October 21, 2010

  12. Now, now. It was Hollywood businesses that came up with the black lists in response to the HUAC. McCarthy was a Senator after the Commies working in DC.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 21, 2010 @ 2:30 pm - October 21, 2010

  13. From conversations with progressive friends, I can see they are being subjected to an overwhelming avalanche of leftist crapola. The things they are being told are beyond even the absurdities they are ordinarily expected to accept. It quite defies description.

    They are also being warned — and direly — not to listen to any media outlet that disagrees with their lords and masters. Fox News is especially taboo. “Isn’t that helpful?” I asked one friend yesterday. “Not only do they tell you what to think, they even kindly steer you away from anyone who might tell you something different!”

    No wonder so many on the gay left are scared to death of Republicans. They honestly believe that the GOP — and the Tea Parties — are out to destroy them and lick their bones clean. It is what they are being told, don’t you know.

    All I can do is advise them to at least try watching FOX for a while. The difference between what they are being told about that network, and what actually goes on there, is like the difference between night and day. At one point, I simply got curious — which is how I started watching FOX in the first place. I don’t much like being told what to think, and all those severe warnings to stay away from FOX piqued my curiosity.

    Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for human beings it can be a very good thing.

    Comment by Lori Heine — October 21, 2010 @ 2:39 pm - October 21, 2010

  14. “It was Hollywood businesses that came up with the black lists in response to the HUAC.”

    ————-

    More specifically, it was the decades-long friend to the Democratic party, the MPAA:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist#The_blacklist_begins_.281947.29
    In light of the “Hollywood Ten”‘s defiance of HUAC—in addition to refusing to testify, many had attempted to read statements decrying the committee’s investigation as unconstitutional—political pressure mounted on the film industry to demonstrate its “anti-subversive” bona fides. Late in the hearings, Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), declared to the committee that he would never “employ any proven or admitted Communist because they are just a disruptive force and I don’t want them around.”[14]

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 21, 2010 @ 2:55 pm - October 21, 2010

  15. It’s time for the Federal Government to permanently defund NPR. What would happen if they are forced to become a for-profit business instead of government leech? They would quickly change their tune.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 21, 2010 @ 2:59 pm - October 21, 2010

  16. Mara Liasson is next

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/21/liberal-group-zeros-in-on-next-target-npr-correspondent-and-fox-news-contributor-mara-liasson/

    I agree it is financial influence from George Soros…..Beck has been on this issue this week….Glenn seems to be one step ahead of George Soros….like him or not he “gets it”…just sad for Juan and Mara that they “GOT IT” from the blind side

    Comment by Jay — October 21, 2010 @ 3:24 pm - October 21, 2010

  17. Whether political control is seized by armed struggle, or by deception, at what point does it become a Coup d’état?

    Is there a provision to impeach President Soros?
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 21, 2010 @ 3:35 pm - October 21, 2010

  18. Over at NPR, the decision to fire senior political correspondent Juan Williams is a gift that just keeps on giving.

    Now, NPR’s CEO, Ms Schiller, is on record before this morning’s Atlanta Economic Club as saying that Williams firing was based on a series of actions by Williams that brought into question his journalistic ethics… and, his views on Muslim fear mongering should require him speaking to a psychiatrist.

    Shame on that loose-lipped illiberal NPR CEO.

    GP readers might like to weigh in over at NPR’s blog on this story because people are calling for Ms Schiller’s resignation, pledging to stop their support of NPR stations and defund NPR/PBS/CPB.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/21/130717991/after-comments-about-muslims-npr-terminates-juan-williams-contract

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 3:47 pm - October 21, 2010

  19. VdaK at #11 ..missed your comment.

    FYI, the story page cited at NPR keeps changing as they try to spin this wholesale attack on diversity of opinion into something other than the truth. It’s literally changing by the minute and the NPR corporate spin theme has changed, bifurcated and reblended 4 times in the last 90 minutes.

    They’re scared.

    Very scared.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 3:51 pm - October 21, 2010

  20. Look for the Megyn Kelly FOX News interview with the CAIR spokesman; she got into a heated debate with him. NPR does not look any better as the spotlight turns into a death ray.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 21, 2010 @ 3:54 pm - October 21, 2010

  21. Juan is a real loss. He’s really intelligent, and he usually seemed to apply it in a balanced way.

    NPR has really been tripping over itself lately with some of it’s news related programming. They could definitely do a better job.

    Comment by Neptune — October 21, 2010 @ 4:21 pm - October 21, 2010

  22. We still fund NPR/PBS for the same sort of reasons we still fund the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. If we defund NPR, we hate the poor, who can’t afford cable (though they CAN afford big-screen t.v.s and XBoxes). If we defund the Department of Education (which has overseen the decline of results in schools across the nation), we hate children/education. If we defund the Department of Energy (initiated by Jimmah Cartah to “end our dependence on foreign oil”), we hate the environment and don’t care about alternative energy.

    The people inclined to reconsider PBS and those departments (aka Repubicans) are far too intimidated by the Dems, along with their water-carrying MSM, to even broach the subject.

    There is no reason to think Juan can’t find far better employment away from PBS, though I’m sure he’ll be demonized as a traitor to his race any time he strays too far from the Democrat line.

    Comment by Polly — October 21, 2010 @ 5:05 pm - October 21, 2010

  23. OMG, I just went to the NPR link provided by Michigan-Matt and found the following:

    “Meanwhile, the Tribune bureau in Washington writes that Williams has signed “a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million” with Fox News.”

    I don’t know what NPR was paying him but I have a feeling he’ll never regret this firing!!

    Comment by Polly — October 21, 2010 @ 5:10 pm - October 21, 2010

  24. [Lefties] honestly believe that the GOP — and the Tea Parties — are out to destroy them and lick their bones clean

    Oh, I only wish the GOP had that much guts and determination.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 21, 2010 @ 6:02 pm - October 21, 2010

  25. ILC, don’t worry; we do. It’s why we prevented the TP from going 3rd party and organized a natl office to manage the mic and money and bus and star power for the TP Movement.

    Maybe after E-Day 12 there will be a book written about how cunningly and effectively the Old Guard at the GOP managed the TP’ers into a potent, grass roots force to aid the GOP win elections… we might lose a few “throw-away” races with a TP’ish clone on the ticket, but it’s worth all the positive energy our Party will get on E-Day 12. And no, I’m not talking about Michael Steele and RNC… I’m talking about the folks who helped redirect $$$ and 527 groups into a coherent force.

    You might need to “wish” because you’re an Independent outside the GOP. But I know we’ve got the guts and determination to not only lick the bones clean… but bury ‘em deeper than Obama’s favorables.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 6:20 pm - October 21, 2010

  26. Maybe after E-Day 12 there will be a book written about how cunningly and effectively the Old Guard at the GOP managed the TP’ers into a potent, grass roots force to aid the GOP win elections…

    You are trying to be funny, right?

    The TEA Party is not particular about which party the enemy of Constitutional government belongs to.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 21, 2010 @ 6:36 pm - October 21, 2010

  27. Here’s the Megyn Kelly-CAIR interview via Newsbusters:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/10/21/cair-attacks-right-wing-juan-williams-not-good-fit-liberal-npr

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 21, 2010 @ 6:55 pm - October 21, 2010

  28. Helio… deadly serious.

    Sal Russo’s firm, Karl Rove’s operation early on and Dick Armey’s operation have done a terrific job managing the TP Movement from an awkward, tangled, multi-messaged monster of discontent into a potent force lasered in on fiscal conservatism.

    Try this for a beginning in education

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35785.html

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 6:56 pm - October 21, 2010

  29. Was Juan Williams technically a public employee? He was employed by a government funded entity.

    I know that a private corporation can be as biased as it wants to be, but can the same thing be said for a public corporation? Did NPR have the right to create a contract that interferes with Juan’s first amendment rights?

    Is a public contract held to a different standard than private contract? (Is anyone here familiar with contract law?)
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 21, 2010 @ 7:23 pm - October 21, 2010

  30. MichMat,

    ….“how cunningly and effectively the Old Guard at the GOP managed the TP’ers into a potent, grass roots force to aid the GOP win elections”tacitly implies that the “Old Guard” snookered the TEA Party into becoming a force for the “Old Guard.”

    Is this what you meant? Is this what you believe? Do you think the GOP “Old Guard” has got a ring in the nose of TEA Party?

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 21, 2010 @ 7:29 pm - October 21, 2010

  31. Why is NPR still receiving public funding?

    I can’t answer that, but, Juan Williams’ new column on Fox is not to be missed: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/10/21/juan-williams-npr-fired-truth-muslim-garb-airplane-oreilly-ellen-weiss-bush/

    The gauntlet is thrown:

    Well, now that I no longer work for NPR let me give you my opinion. This is an outrageous violation of journalistic standards and ethics by management that has no use for a diversity of opinion, ideas or a diversity of staff (I was the only black male on the air). This is evidence of one-party rule and one sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought.

    RTWT.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 21, 2010 @ 7:35 pm - October 21, 2010

  32. don’t worry; we [non-Tea Party, Big Government type of Republicans] do [have enough guts and determination to politically and morally destroy the leftists]

    ROTFLMAO :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 21, 2010 @ 7:36 pm - October 21, 2010

  33. Ah. So the Left is censoring the Left. They’re very good at that. Surely this points to growing tensions between Muslims and Democrats – tensions that are hard to ignore.

    BTW, Juan is very polite, articulate, and well-mannered, even when I disagree with him. He deserves more respect.

    Comment by Ben — October 21, 2010 @ 7:37 pm - October 21, 2010

  34. you’re an Independent outside the GOP

    MM, you *finally* got *one* thing right about me. I’m in shock.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 21, 2010 @ 7:38 pm - October 21, 2010

  35. On our sidebar about Big Government Republican vs. Small Government / Tea Party Republican… DeMint gets it: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/21/demint-ill-leave-the-gop-if-they-go-back-to-big-spending-policies/

    Morrissey goes on to give an update from Mike Pence who expresses his confidence that the GOP leadership has finally learned something. That’s worth hearing, as well. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 21, 2010 @ 7:59 pm - October 21, 2010

  36. I listen to NPR quite a lot, and I was shocked by NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams – shocked, and very disappointed. What Williams said was really nothing more than elementary psychology. They were, I think, just looking for an excuse to let him go. As I posted on NPR’s Facebook page, I defy anyone NOT to feel uncomfortable on an airplane when they notice that the man sitting beside them is reading the Qur’an and praying – I defy anyone not to have a reaction of concern or fear, or at least not to be temporarily unsettled. He was not saying that we SHOULD be concerned or fearful, he was saying that we ARE. That’s just a simple human reaction.

    I think it was Jesse Jackson who got into hot water a while back for saying that when he is walking down a city street at night and notices that he is being approached by a couple of young black men, he tenses up and is nervous until they pass.

    Language is powerful – there are Muslim soldiers in the American military who are dying for the rest of us every day, and we need to be sure that we do not demonize innocent people. But to fire Williams over this? It is detestable, knee-jerk political correctness. What is worse is that it just does not make any sense.

    Comment by Phil Holmes — October 21, 2010 @ 8:11 pm - October 21, 2010

  37. #28 Michigan Matt:

    Thought you might like to match this link with the Politico thing you offered:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304023804575566503565327356.html

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 21, 2010 @ 8:59 pm - October 21, 2010

  38. Point #1: Government should not be in the business of funding expression. NPR and CPB should be de-funded NOW.

    Point#2: If Glen Beck were fired from Fox for expressing a similar opinion as Williams, how many Liberal commentators would speak up for him?
    …nothing but crickets chirping…

    Comment by Roger Sherman — October 21, 2010 @ 9:56 pm - October 21, 2010

  39. Heliotrope: Glad I could eavesdrop on that suggestion. Good article. Noonan can be hit-or-miss, so I sometimes skip her, but that one was good to the last sip.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 22, 2010 @ 12:21 am - October 22, 2010

  40. “Government should not be in the business of funding expression.”

    ————–

    Don’t forget the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — October 22, 2010 @ 4:34 am - October 22, 2010

  41. Helio, not to discount someone who is presented as some Grand Dame of Political Insight on this blog, but Peggy Noonan was, at best, a mid level hack writing political speech fodder in RR’s ancient regime and having her speeches fly-specked and redlined to the very end of RR’s term.

    She was a speech writer… not a political operations expert. She discounted the TP Movement when it was still a disorganized rabal of discontents thrashing about for a message/theme/motivating concept… give the politico-publishing types some time, the truth will emerge about when and how the Old Guard channeled the TP Movement into a force for change while hiding the levers, strings and puppet-masters above the stage.

    Peggy Noonan’s country-club lockjaw rhetoric does a better job when she’s talking in flowery over-the-top phrases to frame a simple idea… not when she’s struggling to pass judgment or try to provide insight into political operations she knows little about.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 22, 2010 @ 8:28 am - October 22, 2010

  42. Here’s what I want to know about NPR: Why is it still called that? Why not N(S)PR?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 22, 2010 @ 10:53 am - October 22, 2010

  43. Michigan Matt,

    Please answer my question posed in #30.

    Do you think the GOP “Old Guard” has got a ring in the nose of TEA Party?

    I don’t have the same super low opinions of Peggy Noonan that you do. However, she does a more than adequate job presenting the epiphany that smacked her regarding the TEA Party. And you, dear sir, deigned to offer up Politico as your source. Wow. Politico really has the clear inside track on how they want people to view the GOP and Sarah Palin in particular. I would rather be a liberal liar than claim Politico for a serious source. It’s like quoting Madcow or Overbite as a reliable journalist. Of course they are reliable in the sense that they always write and slant for their team. Are you on that side of things?

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 22, 2010 @ 11:26 am - October 22, 2010

  44. Helio, the reason I didn’t respond to your slightly (wink) leading question is because it doesn’t even come close to reflecting what I wrote about above… my main point remains: the TP Movement was superbly re-managed by the old guard of the GOP from an early, disorganized, discordant rabal of dissident voices into a highly effective, singularly focused (fiscal con) grass roots effort. Gone are the racially inciting elements… gone are the anti-immigration bigots… gone are the militant militia types… gone are the leadership voices from local groups trying to speak on natl scale and doing it poorly with both feet in their collective mouth.

    That doesn’t constitute a ring in the nose… that constitutes the hunter riding on the back of tiger, mindful always that the tiger can turn and bite you… and the tiger can’t sense you’re there for the ride, ushering the tiger all the way back to the den.

    Sorry, I didn’t answer your slightly leading question because it didn’t reflect the point I was making –and was an absurd reduction of what I was saying.

    Politico, the Hill, Cook, Spectator and others are terrific resources for those who want to better understand politics; Peggy’s Place is not.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 22, 2010 @ 12:41 pm - October 22, 2010

  45. Thanks, Michigan. My reaction was to your use of the word “cunning.” You might want to spend some time reflecting on what it means and implies.

    I am comfortable with believing that the GOP pros saw the TEA Party as an important force they need to join. If you suffer any illusion that the TEA Party is a disorganized lot of amateurs, you haven’t been paying attention. Steve Forbes, Dick Armey and Freedom Works is not forming the message, they are organizing the delivery. Furthermore, there is no national TEA Party organization by design, or “non-design” as it were.

    The GOP is being taken over by the TEA Party. And to extend the tiger metaphor, should any in the GOP think it has the tiger on a leash, rest assured it is a cobweb leash. The first GOP old pol (Hatch) who starts off taking his own path and ignoring the TEA Party is going to discover how tamed the TEA Party really is. As Twain said: The who sets out to carry a cat by the tail is getting valuable information.

    This is a bad time to be a GOP country club Republican or RINO. That crowd needs to hook up with Trent Lott, Grahamnesty and the Collins/Snowemobile.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 22, 2010 @ 1:41 pm - October 22, 2010

  46. Helio, I have to say we’re going to just disagree on this point.

    The early message of the TP Movement was indeed discordant and their rallies were indeed disorganized –in Michigan and Ohio and Wisconsin, the early groups (pre-GOP involvement) had called for rallies and very few showed up in the cold… then rescheduled only to find they needed permits, porta potties, etc.

    Additionally, the organizing natl influence on the TP Movement can’t be felt in the trenches or the game is off… and that’s been the cunning, sly approach of guys like Sal Russo, Dick Armey, Rove and others. There’s the cunning part of it, Helio.

    Understanding how politics really works and for someone of your age, you can’t honestly believe that the TP Movement is all spontaneous and grass roots, can you? The manufactured signs, the tshirts, the professional banners, the culling out of rabidly racial elements and immigration bigots… as well as the anti-govt militia types that were EVERYwhere in the early efforts?

    It’s nice to believe we can get to Oz on a yellow brick road and a balloon can get us all back to Kansas, but politics isn’t fantasy –it’s hard work. Mom’s at their kitchen tables or stock brokers on break at lunch just don’t have the stamina or skill set to independently manage some 240+ TP groups. Let alone hire a bus or tap high priced talent… the GOP will manage the interests of the TPers just fine… and we’ll get fiscal discipline out of it all… without having to endure the soc cons of Tom Delay’s Era.

    RINOs have horns, Helio. They may be near-blind, but underestimating their size and potential to do serious damage… they’re a vote on the floor when we need ‘em. I’d take the Senate with Mike Castle against a Senate with Harry Reid or Chuckie Schumer in charge… but then, I wasn’t willing to gamble away our future by letting Obama get elected, either.

    Go figure.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 22, 2010 @ 3:05 pm - October 22, 2010

  47. By the way… thanks to the GP readers who followed my charge over to NPR’s website to protest the firing of Juan Williams. There are a lot of familiar names on the comment sections –thanks.

    Earlier today, Fox News was reporting that the NPR comments section crashed and with 6000 comments, the angry ones condemning the firing were running 25 to 1.

    Neat.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 22, 2010 @ 3:10 pm - October 22, 2010

  48. Michigan Matt:

    I have wandered to TEA Parties in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. I have plastered my bookmarks with local TEA Party news. I have read their comments and watched them grow, reach out, coalesce, break away and reform. One thing I know for sure: Their intercommunication is far greater and more sophisticated than anything the GOP has put forward.

    Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin can get to a local TEA Party 100 times faster than ANY person in the GOP you can name.

    But you build your castle in the air any way you wish. When you “moderates” try to mold the TEA Party, we will see how fast you get a kick in the groin.

    The moderate wing of every revolution ends up as road kill.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 22, 2010 @ 3:58 pm - October 22, 2010

  49. I wonder why John Fund forgot the part about how the GOP Old Guard has been organizing the mamma grizzlies.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303738504575568322608102424.html?KEYWORDS=John+Fund

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 22, 2010 @ 7:04 pm - October 22, 2010

  50. Helio, it’s no castle in the air… the only Castle (Mike) I know of isn’t running now and we’ll likely lose the Delaware Senate seat because of that… and seriously erode any chance at a GOP takeover of the Senate.

    Because of Delaware alone, it might be that the TP is successful in removing Harry Reid and replacing him with Chuckie Schummer –not a prospect I’d embrace for any election, anytime.

    Don’t get me wrong: I’d like to see Reid follow Jim Wright and others into political oblivion… but not if it means a leadership position for Chuck Schummer… who will make Pelosi look center-right by comparison.

    The unintended consequences of politics, eh?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 25, 2010 @ 11:24 am - October 25, 2010

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