by Steven Levingston, John Amato, David Neiwert
| May. 19, 2010
In their book, “Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane,” due out in June from PoliPoint Press, the authors explore the false stories they say are propagated by figureheads of the right
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Not really journalism, but an excerpted book review containing a valuable summary of Teabagger tenets. A must read. Teabagging was purposely created as a pseudo grass-roots spontaneous uprising by several like-minded right-wing groups: Dick Armery’s Freedom Works: a well-funded free market organization; dontGO: a free-market oil drilling action group; Americans for Prosperity: advocacy group based on free-market principles; and heavily supported and publicized by Fox “News: a revolutionarily propaganda broadcast group.
Teabagging appeals mainly to over-the-hill white folk worried about their disappearing majority status.
The purpose of this blog post is actually to introduce, and presumably recommend, a soon-to-be-published book. While Amato and Neiwert may be correct in their assertions, it is difficult to identify who might benefit from reading the book, and for that reason this reviewer has given Levingston a poor rating.
When I say I don't know who would read it, I base that on the belief that Liberals are already convinced that the Tea Party distorts and fabricates "facts," and any self-respecting Conservative wouldn't be caught dead putting money in the authors' pockets by buying the book, let alone spend the time reading it. If it sells at all I would wager it would be to minimally informed liberals who want to feel smugly superior to the "gullible" tea-partiers. I personally have gotten really ... More »