Look out, all you crazy, racist, teabaggin’ Tea Partiers. There’s a new brew in town, and it’s full of beans! Or something.
Did you know we’re supposed to pay attention to something called the Coffee Party movement?
Did you get all that? You can tell she’s a concerned citizen because there’s a thing on the screen that says “Concerned Citizen.”
Much like the Tea Party movement, this is of course an entirely spontaneous response to massive expansion of government power. Except this time, according to coffeepartyusa.org:
The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans.
Got it? The federal government is the expression of our collective will. Just like it was throughout the Bush administration. Right? Hello?
This, um, movement has been pushed out by Annabel Park, a former New York Times strategy analyst (good work if you can get it) and the organizer of the United for Obama channel on Youtube. You know, just an average everyday person. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a completely grassroots expression of overwhelming public support for the Best President Ever. That doesn’t mean the media response to this movement, most notably from the NYT and Washington Post, is completely disproportionate to its actual numbers and influence. And it definitely doesn’t mean this is a pathetic attempt at astroturfing!
If “teabaggers” is the preferred term for people who are speaking out against what this administration is doing, what should we call the people who think this administration is awesome? “Bean-flickers”?