Sunday, February 14, 2010

Is Glenn Reynolds a phony?

Over at The Atlantic magazine, Andrew Sullivan says Glenn Reynolds, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party movement are frauds and phonies:
My view is that Ryan is far preferable to the total fraudulence of phony fiscal conservatives like Glenn Reynolds or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party "Government Out Of Medicare!" Movement. At least it opens up a more honest debate in a way the propagandists and opportunists on the right fail to do.
The Ryan he refers to is Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who has proposed a long-term plan to balance the federal budget by cutting social security and medicare. The tea party movement is, Sullivan claims, phony apparently because it has been focused instead on more immediate budget excesses such as TARP and Porkulus. Of course, if Republicans were seen to adopt any plan to cut either social security or medicare in any way, Democratic demagogues would attack it and Republicans mercilessly. It is Sullivan's claim that such a plan would open up "a more honest debate" that is itself dishonest.

RELATED: Michelle Malkin celebrates the one-year anniversary of an anti-porkulus protest. (The movement didn't get the tea party name until later.)

PREVIOUSLY on the tea party movement:
Massive storm threatens Washington DC
3 in 10 Californians identify with tea party protests
MSNBC's Garafola gets her hate on
MSNBC responds to tea party protests with obscene jokes
To protest Obamacare, San Francisco holds a sick-in (Nov. 15)
A Tea Party greets Obama in San Francisco (Oct. 15)
Videos of the October 15 San Francisco Tea Party
San Franciscans speak to Nancy Pelosi (Aug. 14)
The San Francisco Tax Day Tea Party Protest in Pictures (Apr. 15)
Farmers protest in San Jose (Nov. 21).
Tea Party breaks out in Palo Alto (Nov. 21)
Rep. Eshoo's health care town hall (Sep. 2)
Rep. Speier's town hall meeting (Aug. 23)
Million man Tea party

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