Charlie Sykes taking to the airwaves Tuesday to hail teabaggers shutting down congressional listening sessions, including Kagen's in Green Bay and Appleton, as examples of some spontaneous national uprising was utterly predictable. And, as always with Chuck, deeply amusing.
On his show he tried to make the case that it takes a lot to mobilize conservatives (as opposed to hippies or lazy union workers) and this represented some sort of spontaneous, flagrant act of democracy. No mention of the well-heeled groups behind the protests. And then he goes on to equate the teabaggers with "taxpayers" and the "silent majority." Here's some vid of the normal folks teabagging against Lloyd Doggett in Austin, Texas.
Not exactly a picture of normalcy.
Charlie tried to distance himself from some of the craziness by saying he didn't advocate people yelling and being disruptive, as if that were not the whole point of the exercise.
Touchingly, Charlie "let's call thugs thugs" Sykes took issue with a Green Bay reporter calling the howling mob at Green Bay a mob (The Recess Supervisor provides an interesting compare/contrast). It's just evidence that the mainstream media hates you! (The flipside of Chuck spewing hate for 3 and a half hours a day is instilling a sense of persecution among his listeners.)
Of course, it was only last fall that Sykes and his mob were calling Obama supporters "Thugs" or "brownshirts" for jamming the lines at WGN when Milt Rosenberg had Stanley Kurtz on to trot out the latest Obama conspiracy theory.
Charlie seems to think that protests like these will work and pooh-poohed an emailer who suggested these would backfire. When the Brawler initially heard/read reports he thought that Charlie might be right. The Brawler changed his opinion after seeing video (and wonders if Chuck wasn't having second thoughts, not that he would express them, after watching the Green Bay report). And he's heartened that teabaggers seem to be making common cause with their ideological confreres, the LaRouchies.