CNN On Tea Party Infighting (VIDEO)
Zachary Roth | February 3, 2010, 5:52PM
CNN has a lengthy (for TV) report on the infighting that, as we’ve detailed, is besetting the Tea Party movement.
The high-note comes when CNN gets on camera the GOP consultants who run the Tea Party Express to answer charges that their “grassroots” Tea Party group is little more than a front for the Republican Party.
Says Joe Wierzbicki of Russo, Marsh:
I think what you’ll find is, at Tea Party rallies, a lot of the people who are mad at the Republican Party, many of them are Republicans themselves.
We’d asked similar questions of Russo, Marsh, which is run by California Republican political operative Sal Russo, but never gotten a response.
The whole CNN report is worth watching:
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Over the weekend, Tea Party Express sent out an email designed to push back against what it called “false and malicious attacks” by TPMmuckraker and others.
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Posted in Gaza, Israel, Tony Blair, tagged Avi Shlaim, Blair and Iraq war, destruction of Gaza, Hamas, Hamas militants, Israeli war on Gaza, Tony Blair, war crimes on February 4, 2010 |
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It’s more than a year since Israel launched its immoral attack on Gaza and Palestinians are still living on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. So what has Tony Blair done to further peace in the region? Virtually nothing, argues the historian Avi Shlaim
Tony Blair in June 2009 speaking at a press conference in Gaza calling for a quick reconstruction. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP
The savage attack Israel unleashed against Gaza on 27 December 2008 was both immoral and unjustified. Immoral in the use of force against civilians for political purposes. Unjustified because Israel had a political alternative to the use of force. The home-made Qassam rockets fired by Hamas militants from Gaza on Israeli towns were only the excuse, not the reason for Operation Cast Lead. In June 2008, Egypt had brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement. Contrary to Israeli propaganda, this was a success: the average number of rockets fired monthly from Gaza dropped from 179 to three. Yet on 4 November Israel violated the ceasefire by launching a raid into Gaza, killing six Hamas fighters. When Hamas retaliated, Israel seized the renewed rocket attacks as the excuse for launching its insane offensive. If all Israel wanted was to protect its citizens from Qassam rockets, it only needed to observe the ceasefire.
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