Politics

Dems Couldn’t Stop Bashing the Tea Party a Few Years Ago. Here’s What They’re Saying Today

There has been a lot of chatter in recent months over Democrats having their "own Tea Party" in a bid to recapture the power in Washington they've lost over the past eight years.

Encouraged by President Obama to embrace the grassroots tactics of the Tea Party to save his agenda, angry liberals are storming town halls, marching in the streets and waving signs to show their dissatisfaction with President Trump and any Democrats who might enable him.

The Tea Party movement, which arose in response to Obama's policies and helped force the Republican Party to the right, was wildly successful, helping the GOP recapture the House in 2010. The Republicans have not lost the chamber since.

Over the years, however, leading Democrats have continually derided the movement as extremist, nihilist, bigoted, domestic enemies. For her part, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) ripped the Tea Party as "astroturf," implying it wasn't truly grassroots.

This might be quite a conundrum. Can the Democrats, in good conscience, imitate the tactics of an evil organization of flag-waving soccer moms if it helps them regain their stature from a decade ago?