Sunday, April 18, 2010

I'm likin' this

I'll catch the rewind after work... from The Hill...

Blackburn questions Bachmann's rhetoric, Rendell criticizes Tea Party
By Tony Romm - 04/18/10 11:15 AM ET

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday all but criticized her colleage, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), for using the phrase "gangster government" at a Tea Party rally earlier this month.

While Blackburn would not condemn those remarks during a roundtable on NBC's "Meet the Press," she did say "it would not have been a choice in words I made."

"Those are words that she chose, those are statements she made," Blackburn said, later transition into a defense of the Tea Party movement.

"What we have to forcus on is Tea Party individuals," the congresswoman said, noting they were, "very, very, very concerned about what is happening to this country. They're not looking at government today, they're looking at what it will be [years from now]."

However, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) earlier cast the Tea Party movement in a far different light. Also appearing during the roundtable, the former head of the Democratic National Committee said the media are giving "the Tea Party too much credit."

"If I organized a rally for a stronger law to protect puppies, I'd get 100,000 people at that rally," he said. "So I think the media has blown [the Tea Party] out of proportion."

On a related note... It was recently pointed out to me that approx 6-10,000 people showed up for Sarah Palin in Boston, while turnout for the pro-marijuana rally is usually around 30,000.