Juan Williams wrote an excellent column in the Wall Street Journal the other day, Tea Party Anger Reflects Mainstream Concerns. Williams concluded:
This all makes for populist anger, embodied in the tea party movement, at politicians who are not focused on the jobs agenda. The politician at the top of the totem pole right now is Barack Obama. He is black. But the relevant point to critics white and black is not his skin color but the persistent high unemployment rate and the government’s focus on Wall Street bailouts and health-care reform.
However, in the middle of the article he wrote:
It is a fact that the tea party is an overwhelmingly older, white and suburban crowd. It is true that Republicans in Congress are almost completely white. And it is also true, according to some black and gay Democrats, that a tea party rally against health-care reform at the Capitol degenerated into ugly scenes in which racial and homophobic epithets were used and spit flew on some members of Congress. There are suspicions that tea party anger boiled over into the spate of personal threats against Democrats who voted for the health-care bill.
I highlighted a troubling phrase. What does he mean that that the charge he repeated was “…true according to to some … Democrats?” either it was true or it wasn’t. If the charge that they made was accurate it was true; if it didn’t happen, then it was false. Truth is not a relative term.
On March 20th, something truly extraordinary happened. On the eve of the health care vote, a group of black Democrat Congressmen (eschewing the private tunnels they usually use to cross from their offices to the Capitol) chose to walk en masse through a crowd of protesters, confident that the knuckledragging Tea Party goons they and their media pals have reviled for a year now would respond with racial epithets.
And then, when the crowd didn’t, the black Congressmen made it up anyway. Representative Andre Carson (Democrat, Indiana) insisted he heard the N-word 15 times. He’s either suffering from the same condition as that Guam-flipper from Georgia, or he’s a liar. At a scene packed not only with crews from the Dem poodle media but with a gazillion cellphone cameras, not one single N-word has been caught on audio.
So the best interpretation of Juan Williams’ claim is that these Congressmen are delusional. That’s hardly reassuring.
UPDATE: Council member the Provocateur points out that, racism, such as exists at Tea Parties comes from an outside source that is trying to ride the movement’s coat tails.