Crash­ing, not de­bat­ing, the Tea Party

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Agroup named Crashthep­ is plan­ning on at­tend­ing Tea Party ral­lies around the coun­try pre­tend­ing to be party mem­bers. The strat­egy is to be­have out­ra­geously on Tax Day to pro­vide fod­der for the me­dia, which likes to por­tray op­po­nents to the Obama pres­i­dency as fringe rad­i­cals. The plot is part of the typ­i­cal lib­eral play­book to si­lence op­po­si­tion to the left-wing agenda.

The party crash­ers al­ready have dropped into Tea Party meet­ings and ral­lies to stake out vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­son Levin, head of Crashthep­, the group has af­fil­i­ates in 65 cities across the land. He un­con­vinc­ingly claims that his group’s bizarre an­tics will sim­ply re­flect the hid­den views of Tea Partiers. “Do I think most of them are ho­mo­phobes, racists or morons? Ab­so­lutely,” Mr. Levin told As­so­ci­ated Press.

The sabo­teurs’ Web site leaves no doubt about the meth­ods be­ing em­ployed. “When­ever pos­si­ble, we will act on be­half of the Tea Party in ways which ex­ag­ger­ate their least ap­peal­ing qual­i­ties (mis­spelled signs, wild claims in TV in­ter­views, etc.) to fur­ther dis­tance them from main­stream Amer­ica and dam­age the pub­lic’s opin­ion of them,” the site in­forms. “We will also use the in­side in­for­ma­tion that we have gained in or­der to dis­rupt and de­rail their plans. Sounds like fun? It is!! If you’d like to join us, just click on the word ‘crash!’ be­low.”

For the most part, the lib­eral me­dia plays along with the Democrats’ dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns. Take al­le­ga­tions by Rep. John Lewis, Ge­or­gia Demo­crat, that he heard pro­test­ers chant­ing the N-word “15 times” at a March 20 protest at the U.S. Capi­tol. De­spite dozens of video record­ings of the event, there is no ev­i­dence to back up Mr. Lewis’ story. Nu­mer­ous videos show Tea Party mem­bers yelling “kill the bill,” but none shows a sin­gle pro­tester chant­ing that aw­ful racial ep­i­thet.

The law­maker’s charge is so du­bi­ous that An­drew Bre­it­bart has of­fered a $100,000 re­ward to any­one with proof that Mr. Lewis is telling the truth. No one has stepped for­ward to claim the cash. This lack of ver­i­fi­ca­tion hasn’t kept the me­dia from con­tin­u­ously re­peat­ing the prej­u­di­cial tale.

“They can’t ac­tu­ally de­bate our mes­sage, and that’s their prob­lem,” ex­plains Bob MacGuffie, an or­ga­nizer for a Tea Party group with mem­bers in Con­necti­cut, New York and New Jer­sey. The Democrats’ des­per­a­tion shows that Mr. MacGuffie is right on tar­get. Polls show the Amer­i­can pub­lic is an­gry about the ex­plo­sion of gov­ern­ment power dur­ing the Obama pres­i­dency and Demo­cratic con­trol of Congress. Lib­er­als in power don’t have thought­ful re­sponses to pop­u­lar crit­i­cism, so they are try­ing to os­tra­cize skep­ti­cal thought and in­tim­i­date those brave enough to stand against the bu­reau­cratic jug­ger­naut.

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