Why aren't Tea Partyers mad about Obama's school speech?
Even as the Tea Party racks up impressive showings in primaries across the country, the anti-Obama right seems to be forgetting how it got to where it is now. Where, for example, is the apoplexy about President Obama's second back-to-school speech, which he just finished delivering to America's pliable youth?
It wasn't like this a year ago. When conservatives discovered that the president wanted to broadcast an address that schools could tune in to on things such as hard work and paying attention in class, they were furious at Obama for attempting to indoctrinate their non-Kenyan, pro-colonial young. Some promised to keep their children at home. Others said they would come to school with their kids on Obama youth day, presumably to explain that when the president says "school" he really means "madrassa," or that when he talks about the virtues of hard work, he really means that they should be happy when he forces them all to toil in Prius factories and raises their taxes to pay for abortion research. The message was clear: No president we instinctively distrust is going to talk to our kids. About anything. Ever.
What happened to that fine principle? Now that Obama's critics have other things they can talk about on TV, such as today's primary elections or voter discontent with the state of the economy, conservatives seem to have forgotten how worried they were about the president's 21st century propaganda train. After all, it's not like they decided that their opposition to Obama's address was silly. If that's the case, they certainly haven't said so.
| September 14, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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