Many Democratas have blamed unfounded cases of racism for their aversion to the growing tea party movement. But now, the new House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer, D-Md., presents the latest presumption about tea partiers: they must come from dysfunctional families:
There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.
But don't worry, there's still plenty of unfounded accusations of racism being thrown about. Take for instance the most recent, from former DNC chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday morning who describes the tea party as the "last gasp" of old, white folks afraid of "change":
Every morning when they see the president they are reminded that things are totally different than they were when they were born and I think that has a lot to do with it. . . Economic uncertainty fuels this but this is the last gasp of the generation that has trouble with diversity.
Even though tea partiers are allegedly old and sad, I'm guessing they're pretty cheerful today as the newly elected Republican House majority convenes a new session of Congress under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner.
So don't worry, Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Dean; something tells me they'll be just fine...