I know it's plucking at low-hanging fruit to pull anything out of the rubber room that is National Review's The Corner, and it's particularly low-hanging fruit to call out a reader anecdote sent into that site's Jay Nordlinger, but there was something about this one that just struck me as so telling. Can you guess what it is?
A man from California wrote to say that he was talking with a local radio host – a woman of about 70 who told him, "This November, for the first time in my life, I'm going to vote straight Republican. I know they spend too much, too. But they won't be as out of control as what we have now. We have to do something."
Our reader said, "Jay, this is the spirit of the Tea Party: people who pay every tax, vote in every election, do jury duty, never call 9-1-1, never complain, never protest – and who have now reached the point of saying, â€˜Enough.'
This, then, is the spirit of the Tea Party: They never call 9-1-1. You know who does call 9-1-1? Black people. And, once, Duran Duran. Not that it helped any.