MoveOn.org drives new liberal catch phrase: ‘Tea party downgrade’

The left-wing activist group MoveOn.org picked up the new liberal slogan bashing conservatives for Standard & Poor’s U.S. credit rating downgrade: “Tea Party downgrade.” President Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry both used the phrase on Sunday talk shows.

In a Sunday afternoon email to supporters, MoveOn.org accused tea partiers of being responsible for the first-ever credit downgrade in U.S. history. “This ‘tea party downgrade’ is a shameful blow to our nation’s honor and risks throwing us right back into recession,” Moveon.org wrote. “Worst of all? It was completely avoidable. But when given the choice between extremist posturing and responsible leadership, tea party Republicans chose wrong.” (RELATED: Axelrod: ‘This is essentially a tea party downgrade’)

MoveOn.org added that “now, amazingly, they’re trying to pin the blame on Democrats.”

Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor downgraded the United States credit rating from AAA to AA+ with a negative outlook on Friday evening.

MoveOn.org asked its supporters to share an image of a mock headline reading “Heckuva Job, Tea Party!” via Facebook and email.

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  • Anonymous

    Remember way back 6 weeks ago, when moveon.org’s van Jones claimed warnings about America’s financial problems were just a big lie? 

    Jone’s stated 6/21/11:


    “We are still the richest country in the history of the world!”

    “Our economy is almost as big as 2 Chinas!”


    Or Michael Moore in Michigan last March, making the same claims?


    “Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich. 


    Sounds like moveOn thought denial was an acceptable approach for dealing with our situation – like most democrats.  They weren’t  concerned about  credit ratings at all!

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    Tea Party creates Toll and Expects Taxpayer to pick up Tab.

  • Raycheetah

    A commenter on another article (I forget where) suggested the opposite: “Call it the Obama Downgrade. Hang it around his neck like a millstone.”

    I love it! =^[.]^=

  • Alkmetro

    Even if liberals want to “blame” Bush..It still proves Obama and the dems are epic failures….They have been in complete control and have made the biggest mistakes in the history of our country..so they are not the one’s for the job up there…EPIC failures no matter how they spin it.

  • Alkmetro

    They are trying to make this a fakeout, but it is an EPIC fail on the progressives…we are too informed…They just keep looking dumb and dumber….They must be very frightened…