Our camera's eye caught Peter Ingemi — aka the "Blogfather of the Axis of Fedora" — of DaTechGuy's Blog in his element last spring, a self-contained social-networking hub sitting pretty on Boston Common at the Boston Tea Party with Sarah Palin April 14. Pete's the real thing, an internet-savvy shoe-leather reporter, "willing to ask questions to complete strangers," as his buddy Stacy McCain explained after appearing on the brand new "DaTechGuy on DaRadio" show on WCRN-AM 830 recently. We'll be making our own radio debut as "primary call-in guest" of the show this Saturday, December 5, at 5 p.m. Future guests include heavyweights Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Dan Riehl of Riehl World View. Awesome! Listen here day after tomorrow. We also appeared briefly about 2/3 of the way in during last week's show. Update: Sissy Talks!
Google "politics of envy" and you get a lot of ink from both sides of the aisle discussing class warfare. Together with identity politics, it's the left's weapon of choice. But are we witnessing a corresponding politics of envy on the right that turns the concept on its head as members of the GOP Ruling Class — the "blue bloods" called out by Sarah Palin this week in a radio interview with Laura Ingraham — awaken from their comfortable stupor to the sound of pitchfork-bearing members of the Country Class at the gates? We'll try to answer that in a moment, but first a nice little summary of the traditional concept from Todd Dittmann's American Thinker essay "The Dead-End Politics of Envy":
Class envy, albeit one of the two foundations of the modern Democratic Party's soul (identity politics being the other), is very divisive and fuels mob rule. It is a tool that exploits happy people who were previously neither aware of their forced group membership nor of their antipathy toward other groups. It is a tool used in previous tyrannies but one that should remain on the historical scrap heap.
Now turn that picture around so the "haves" are envying the "have-nots." That's the GOP powers that be, the Northeast Corridor Conservative fuddy-duddies like Peggy Noonan and Charles Krauthammer we've been calling out since late summer of 2008 and, post November election, establishment figures like Barbara Bush and Alan Simpson, for their gratuitous dismissals of the likes of Sarah Palin and us Tea Partiers. "The key ingredients are arrogance and inertia," writes John Hayward in his masterful Human Events essay "The Blue Bloodbath":
“Blue blood” is a term that resonates with a frustrated nation, weary of serving at the pleasure of an insular ruling class. The inheritance of power, through family or party machinery, is of far greater concern to middle-class Americans than the inheritance of wealth.
As Sarah told Laura, the "haves" want to "pick their winners, instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners," but having had a taste of the power to choose in the recent primaries, the "have-nots" are going for blood. "There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the GOP than most grassroots conservatives suspect," cautions Stacy McCain, who gets us up to speed with some of the machinations behind the rhetoric:
I’ve long warned that there is a Jeb 2012 bandwagon geared up and ready to roll at a moment’s notice, if Jeb decides to take a shot at it. If that doesn’t happen, the Bushies are trying to keep their thumb on the scale, to make sure that whoever gets the 2012 nomination, it’s someone acceptable to them. But the Bushies know that, whatever else happens, it’s all over for them if Sarah Palin gets the 2012 nomination.
Some of former President George W. Bush’s top allies and political hands are trying to regain control of the Republican National Committee, and so far they haven’t exactly been welcomed back.
A final word. As we were psyching up for our "primary call-in guest" appearance on "DaTechGuy on DaRadio" show this Saturday (see caption above), Pete Ingemi asked what we'd like to talk about:
The topic du jour around here seems to be the GOP old guard's extreme case of Palin Derangement Syndrome. They're picking up the left's tired meme of her being a quitter who's too dumb to be President and running with it at an alarming rate in the general direction of the dustbin of history.
The phenomenon may at bottom be what can be called "Green Journalism." I'm borrowing the term from twitter friend Whitney Pitcher of Conservatives 4 Palin, who coined it for GOPers who are recycling the anti-Palin narrative. As I was reading her headline before reading her post, a lightbulb went off: It's the Green Monster — JEALOUSY! — that's got the GOP fuddy-duddies' panties in a bunch.
Update: Maggie's links.
Update II: Diana Retriever links.
Update III: Instalanche! Thank you, Professor Reynolds.
Update IV: Lots of thoughtful commenters upset at our apparent lumping together of Charles Krauthammer with Peggy Noonan. Here's our response:
I agree with you that unlike Peggy Noonan, Charles Krauthammer is a genuine conservative, a long-time favorite of mine till he came down with PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) in the late summer of 2008. Litmus tests were never my thing at all, by the way. My beef with Dr. Krauthammer is what I take to be a contempt for tea partiers like myself implied in his gratuitous dissing of Palin's intelligence. Please check out my July 2009 post "Newsbites and viewsbites and the power of crowd-sourced journalism" for more thoughts on the subject.