My brother -- the one with all the fancy polisci degrees, but who can't hit my devastating Wiffle Ball sinker -- posted yesterday about old-fashioned big-government liberalism, which he correctly says is no longer part of mainstream American liberalism or Democratic Party politics. He was writing, on Boston Tea Party day, in reference to the now-routine cries of socialism.
PHOTOS: Sarah Palin's Tea Party rally on the Boston Common.
The Tea Party Express rally on the Boston Common this morning was basically a travelling show, complete with the official buses displaying the featured performers' faces and names, and the booth selling merchandise in the back. Could have been one of those -paloozas, except that it was pretty badly managed, operationally: the stage was low, so the press riser blocked almost everybody's view of the stage, and the sound system was woefully inadequate, so most of the attendees could barely hear the speeches.
You may have seen that this morning's Boston Herald reported that Senator Scott Brown won't be taking part in the big Tea Party Express rally -- featuring Sarah Palin -- in Boston this Wednesday.
That unsurprising news has been flyin' around the internets today, and some of the Tea Party crowd are more than miffed at Brown about it.
I got a good chuckle from ubiquitous local Republican consultant Holly Robichaud this morning. In her regular mini-space in the Boston Herald "Monday Morning Briefing," she proclaimed:
Liberals should brace for impact! This week Gov. Sarah Palin comes to Boston to
hold the largest rally in our state’s history.
Deval Patrick is doing a big re-elect campaign launch this weekend, with events around the state. I checked out the 'launch eve' event for young professionals (read: potential volunteers) at Game On last night. It was a good vibe; a diverse crowd of a couple hundred. Seeing Patrick political director Tito Jackson working the crowd, I was suddenly disappointed that the party wasn't featuring a new Patrick campaign groove, like the one Tito had for his city council campaign ("Vote for Tito Jackson/He's a man of action").
No surprise, but Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has reportedly made it official that he will retire at the end of this session, in early summer. Whoever the replacement is will probably not be quite as solidly liberal as Stevens has become, but certainly will maintain the current overall balance.
What I'm watching for is the other shoe to drop: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's retirement.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the recent indications of anti-government violence (which have continued since I put the article to bed), and the conservative rhetoric that helps stoke those flames.
Forget the occasional use of violent metaphors, or Sarah Palin's cross-haired targets; the problem lies in "responsible" conservatives using rhetoric describing the current government as illegitimate, unconstitutional, tyrannical, and totalitarian.