Environmental savior Al Gore will not be voting for any Tea Party candidates anytime soon, and we know this because in a new fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Gore says that Tea Partiers have a "radical agenda." Gore wrote in an email that: "Single-minded proponents of a dangerous and extremist agenda are working feverishly to roll back every Democratic gain we've ever made."
The DCCC, currently chaired by N.Y. congressman Steve Israel, has been especially vociferous lately in their efforts to combat what many see as a transient movement without a monolithic structure, characterized by grassroots activists, as well as the Koch Brothers-financed "astroturf" wing of the "Party." Only last month in his pitch for the DCCC, serpent-headed strategist James Carville hissed that the "Tea Partyin' fools" and "ditto heads" in Congress had to be taken out of circulation. (One day Mary Matalin will poison his gumbo.) And Rep. Maxine Waters had said the "Tea Party can go straight to hell," presumably without passing Go or collecting $5,000 from Merck.
The vehemence of the words seems to manifest a real frustration on the part of Democrats, who appear to be correcting for a lack of native pugnacity in Barack Obama. Such trigger words are intended to pull in more contributions, but may also be attempts to light a fire underneath a Democratic Party that many see as lukewarm under President Obama's mild-mannered stewardship. With Ralph Nader spoiling for a primary challenge to the president, Obama and his party will have to be on their toes if they wish to win the twenty-four seats needed to reclaim majority status in the House.