Krauthammer slams Tea Party attackers’ ‘lack of intelligence’

In the aftermath of the debt ceiling deal struck between congressional Republicans, congressional Democrats and the White House, concessions made by Democrats have caused some on the left to lash out at the Tea Party. But where is this show of anger — with epithets like “hostage takers,” “terrorists” and “thugs” flying around — coming from?

On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly suggested it was a concerted effort, organized by the left with the intention of marginalizing the Tea Party. But Washington Post columnist and Fox News Channel regular Charles Krauthammer said the situation is far simpler. He said instead it was a show of their “lack of intelligence” and “lack of originality.”

“Well, it certainly is a spitting and the sputtering of people who are, who’ve been deeply defeated,” Krauthammer said. “I mean, they were routed. They were up against a small minority of one half of one-third of the Congress and they got — they lost everything. They got routed. Look, this was their Agincourt, you know, Henry V outnumbered by the French, three to one. The opposition, the liberals, hold the Senate. They hold the White House. They hold the media, which had been leaking and parroting the White House line all the way through, and they still got defeated.

“I think this is sort of a pathetic response. If you have no arguments, what do you do? Ad hominems. You attack, you throw names out. But I have one slight disagreement with you [about this] being a conspiracy. I don’t think these people have the wherewithal to orchestrate a three-car motorcade. The reason for the repetition is lack of intelligence and lack of originality. These are people who are slothful.”

Despite Krauthammer’s low regard for the Tea Party’s left-wing detractors, O’Reilly insisted talking points were still circulating, which suggested a concerted effort. Krauthammer dismissed that notion.

“Look, what it means to me is you’ve got people with no intelligence, no originality, no imagination,” he said. “They are sputtering. They have lost. No arguments. What do they do? They want ad hominems. They want epithets. So, somebody uses it on the air — ‘Ah ha, that’s a good one. I’ll use it.’ I don’t credit them [with] the intelligence or the sort of, what it takes to put together a conspiracy.”

O’Reilly alluded to early attacks on the Tea Party which suggested its activism was rooted in racism. But that didn’t stick, and Krauthammer said the argument’s failure contradicted O’Reilly’s point. Instead, he said, there was a degree of absurdity to the left’s entire effort. Krauthammer cited the reaction of one member of the House of Representatives.

“But as you just said, Bill — you just said earlier that if you repeat the lie often enough, it will work,” Krauthammer said. “You just said with racism it didn’t work. This is transparently silly. You had one congressman, I wrote it down — Mike Doyle in the meeting with the vice president yesterday actually said, ‘We have negotiated with terrorists. The small group of terrorists has made it impossible for us to spend any money.’ Well, that’s a hell of a definition of terrorism. Normally a terrorist says, ‘I want you to convert. I want your daughter, I want your money, I want your submission.’ This guy says a bunch of terrorists in Congress have stopped us from spending money we don’t have. You think that’s an argument that will carry with the American people? I think not.”

The Washington Post columnist chalked the debt deal up to representative democracy in action.

“[I]n the democracy folks speak,” Krauthammer said. “How do they speak on Election Day? What’s the result? They elect representatives who speak on their behalf and those representatives in the House, some of them a rather small minority, prevailed over a majority. Why? Because they have conviction and they have the argument and they have reality and truth on their side. This country is headed over a cliff economically. Everybody understands that, including the ratings agencies, which are rather neutral on this — objective observers and they say you don’t get your house in order we’re going to make you lose your AAA [credit rating]. Everybody understands that. But it was these people, expressed through their representatives, who made the case and won the day.”

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  • Jess Thinkin

    The following comment is a response to loudog’s post of approx. 4 hours ago.  The ‘system’ moved my commentary to this location on the page rather than below the parent comment.  Hope you see it loudog.

  • Jess Thinkin

    OK, let’s for the sake of argument accept your thesis (I don’t, but I’d like to keep you engaged till this final slap-down)  Both socialism and corporitism invoke an overiding governmental control of almost all aspects of the economy — one by nationalization of the productive sectors and the other by ‘requiring the economy to serve the interests of the state’ Both of which are paradigms implemented by intrusive, overriding statist policies, dictates and enforcements. 
      Today’s “far right” (in reality -conservative libertarian) is the directional source of that political philosophy which advocates less governmental involvement,management and control of the economy and our productive sectors along with society in general. 
    Whereas it is the contemporary left (the collectivists) that strongly advocates more government based solutions and resulting control of all aspects of our economy,our education and our personal actions and interactions.  All of which requires the force of laws and regulations.
      Which idea of governing sounds more statist (fascist) to you?  If you need some help with this question, I know some teachers down here in Atlanta (all of which are on your side of the argument) who would help you through this little test.
    Your viewpoint of  contemporary political  philosophy is dated, convoluted and just plain upside-down……sort of a ‘progressive regression’.  Convenient for you, but devoid of reality; stubborn stuff; the facts.

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    • Genius of Love

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  • Anonymous

    Missouri Democrat/Statist
    Representative Emanuel Cleaver was on the Morning Joe, Joe (Scatterbrain)
    Scarborough Show, because he was the one who coined the term “Satan Sandwich”
    when referring to the Debt Ceiling Legislation. Cleaver talked about the lack
    of “Civility” in Congress and referred to the time when Joe Wilson called
    Barack Hussein Obama a “LIAR.” Everyone on the panel agreed with what Wilson
    had done was uncivil, even though it was/is the TRUTH.  
    ironic that Cleaver brought up civility when he was one of the black
    legislators who falsely claimed Tea Party Patriots called him a nigger during
    the healthcare debate implying the Tea Party Patriots were/are racist. Everyone
    should remember how the Statists were uncivil and condescending when they
    rammed Obamacare through Congress against the wishes of the majority of the
    American people, but there was no mention of their unruly actions.  It is the Statist’s and their willing accomplices
    in the so-called Main Stream Media calling the Tea Party Patriots condescending
    and defamatory names such as extremists and terrorists in order to marginalize
    them in an attempt to silence them.
    Tea Party people are Patriotic Americans who are concerned about their country. Tea Party
    people want their leaders to follow the Constitution; they want limited
    Government; less taxes and for Government to control and cut spending. They
    want to encourage people to be self reliant and less dependent on Government.
    On the other hand, the Statists want the United States to continue on the path
    to Bankruptcy with their out of control spending their ‘Cradle to Grave’
    ideology; wherein they coerce people to more dependent on Government in order
    to garner their votes to stay in POWER.
    The 2010 elections were just the beginning. The Tea Party people need to continue to help
    elect Conservative, Constitutional Patriots and FIRE the Statists and the
    RINO’s to keep America from turning into a Socialist State.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what they say? We are doing our thing for principled constitutional government and I could care less about those in this country that treat the constitution as a shocking revelation;however thanks Charles K. for your support of the American idea.