In a remarkably well-orchestrated first week, a 'nonpartisan' rival to the Tea Parties has arisen practically overnight. They are calling themselves the Coffee Party, and are exactly what you might think they would be - left-leaning, big government embracing, Starbucks sipping elites (think goatees and Janeane Garofalo types).
In their first week of existence, they have launched a website and video, garnered 40,000 followers on facebook and gotten not one but two favorable write-ups from major lefty publications.
But they are entirely grassroots.
Only a week and they already have a slogan and a mission statement. Yup, sounds grassroots to me! I wonder if they have a nifty logo, too? Maybe some cool pre-printed, government issue, NEA-created, taxpayer funded signs to wave at rallies?
The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares 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 we face as Americans.”
Sounds like the communist creed, no? Government is not the enemy, it is the answer. "Collective will"? What are we, the Borg? I prefer not to be absorbed into the collective, thanks. And, in true progressivespeak, "democratic" can be freely interchanged with "socialist".
Really, how stupid do they think we are?
“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”
Hmmm...apparently, pretty stupid....
UPDATE: As I was saying:
In fact, a simple internet search (which the NY Times apparently is not capable of doing) reveals that Park organized the Coffee Party for the specific purpose of undermining the Tea Party movement.
Park is a former Strategy Analyst at the NY Times who was one of organizers and operators of the United for Obama video channel at YouTube
Lots more info on Legal Insurrection. Be sure to check out Ms. Park's tea party tweets!