Disaffected lefties launch … “Coffee Party” movement

posted at 5:52 pm on February 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’ve read the WaPo profile, looked at their website, watched the two videos below, and I still don’t quite get it. They’re claiming, essentially, to be nonpartisan and less interested in pushing particular policies than in “dialogue” and “cooperation” for their own sake. Which, given the realities in the Senate, is a very thinly veiled way of calling for fewer filibusters and more Democratic — sorry, I mean bipartisan — legislation. Here’s their statement of principles, for what it’s worth; assuming they stick around, it’ll be fun to watch how this changes once the GOP has a majority in both chambers again.

We want the political process broken down into three steps:
1) open and respectful dialogue
2) thoughtful and informed deliberation
3) competent and decisive execution.

The process is so broken, we can’t get past step 1 right now. We demand cooperation, productivity and accountability in government in the same way we would demand it of an employee we might hire for a job.

We want local chapters to have the autonomy to figure out their own legislative and electoral priorities. At the national level, we’ll make recommendations for direct action on legislation. But they will only be suggestions. We value and celebrate diverse opinions just as we value and celebrate diverse backgrounds. All that is required to be part of this movement is a sincere commitment to participating in, and protecting the democratic process.

A friendly reminder from George Will: The American democratic process, especially in the Senate, includes the right to obstruct. Right, Mr. President? Exit quotation from the WaPo piece: “I don’t really understand what they’re about other than ‘we don’t like the Tea Party’ and ‘we’re for a better process.'”

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These useful idiots are thinking within a non applicable useless paradigm the Tea Party Movement can’t be saddled with. It’s not an “us vs. them” left/right thing. It’s a constitutional thing, as in the government has been neatly keeping it swept under a rug to usurp power from the people to come up with policy for the “common good” This is exactly what the Constitution was written for. We are a country of laws, not what feels good for the current era. It was to prevent mob rule, relying on rule of law. The Coffee Grinders, or whatever they want to call themselves must profess their desire to overthrow the Constitution, as that is what the Tea Party is all about.If they admit they want to scrap the Constitution for the “common good”, then at least they’ll be honest about it. They hate the Constitution whether they realize it or not…End of argument because I say so….

adamsmith on February 28, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Leftist nonsense is leftist nonsense no matter how it is packaged and marketed.

leereyno on February 28, 2010 at 7:23 AM

It’s going to take more than coffee to wake these dolts up.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 8:47 AM

We have a serious problem here.

Little girls who grew up to be intelligent and influential ladies used to hold Tea Parties.

Today the little girls want to grow up too fast and hit the hard stuff too early, thus the advent of the Coffee Party. I wonder who their imaginary friends are that they are inviting to their Coffee Parties, Jane Fonda, Jeannie Graffalo, Barbie Boxem, and Nanny Paluza.

MSGTAS on February 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The Asian chick is hooooooot. More hot Asian chicks and I might just take up coffee. But their politics? What IS it exactly?

Warner Todd Huston on February 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

We’re not all liberal loons.

AsianGirlInTights on February 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM

They still don’t get it. And pretty spokespeople don’t make it any more appealing to rally to their banner.

Frankly, all I see is a squandering of a potentially good name for a local political club that would meet weekly for decent conversation and, um, coffee.

itzWicks on February 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

It will be fine as long as you end up agreeing with them. If not, the branding comes out: Nazi, racist, male…

faol on February 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

This reminds me of the goofy group Rendell started to counteract PUMA.

I forget what exactly he cooked up now, but it was silly.

AnninCA on February 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Organizing for America with lipstick…that is all

DougDavis on February 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Clueless out of the gate naming themselves after coffee. Tea parties are not about hot caffeinated beverages.

curved space on February 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

They can own all the adjectives and high-minded concepts they want to lay claim to.

But they don’t get to own “coffee.” Coffee isn’t a leftist thang, it’s a person-who-can-enjoy-life-and-has-more-than-two-brain-cells-to-rub-together thang.

Nobody’s ever heard of a great act of political dissent involving coffee, nor has anyone ever heard of a great political act of any kind involving coffee.

Get your silly politics off my coffee, lamenuts.

OK. Rant off.

J.E. Dyer on February 28, 2010 at 6:44 PM

malclave on February 26, 2010 at 10:25 PM
Can you came back and update us on what happens, did you sign on with your HA handle?

lovingmyUSA on February 26, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Yeah, I used the same handle. The comment has not been posted as of about half an hour ago. I did notice that someone has put up something about “Tea Baggers”… since the site is obviously heavily moderated, making slurs like that is clearly supported… making their claim to want “civil dialogue” a lie, pure and simple.

malclave on February 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Here is something amusing! One of the biggest points of contention with the ObamaCare supporters is that their plans are “not socialist”.

But at a counter-protest to our Tea Party event yesterday, a group of them were holding up a signs clearly saying “SocialistWorker.org” (view to end of video). The original description is here.

But WHY did they have to pick on coffee — my absolute favorite drink in the world. Couldn’t it have been “The Appletini Party” instead! I do my best Tea Party agitation loaded up on 2 cups of coffee.

Mutnodjmet on February 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

On planet Earth, coffee is the ‘water of life’.

LOL! Love the Dune analogy! I will have to borrow that! :)

Mutnodjmet on February 28, 2010 at 9:10 PM

The “movement” objects to objections that are “fear based and not reality based?” Does that include the way Democrats objected to the Patriot Act, anyone who disagreed with them on Global Warming and anyone who disagreed with them on Healthcare Reform (doctors cutting off people’s feet for money anyone)? I’m not saying that Democrats were not allowed to disagree and debate, that should be encouraged, but the Dems wanted to shut down even debate on any views opposing them. I find this new “movement” to ignore the “inconvenient truth,” that both parties obstruct using fear, rather than (using solely) reality, to do so.

Another telling quote: “We need them to get to work…and for people to get out of the way…[and this is] an open invitation for people to participate believing that our government should function for our interests.” I guess that means the founding fathers are not allowed to participate in this “movement” because they weren’t big into believing that big government was the answer to all of their problems either.

Conservative in NOVA on March 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

“hold people accountable for obstrructing progress in Government.”

like this guy?


max1 on March 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM

It’s obvious that the Coffee Party is decaffeinated.

RogerWiss on March 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM

It should have been the Beer Party movement.
Think about it, the Presidents Beer Summit was more successful than the Health Care Summit. Also, the way these people talk, they must be drunk.

RogerWiss on March 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM

This is what I just posted on the WaPo comments page:

Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party … Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook status update. “

Later on in the article, Zak talks about the Coffee Party “venting frustrations”.

Ah. So the “Coffee Party” is a result of “fury”, “anger” and “frustration”.

Given the track record of the Lamestream Media in diagnosing these conditions as “dangerous”, I’m sure Annabel Park will be labeled a “domestic terrorist” in 3 – 2 – 1 ………

Help me out here, Progressives. I’m afraid I truly don’t understand the “frustration” and “anger” on your part. After the election, Obama told everyone “he WON”, and the Progressive Activists were quick to tell the Opposition that their participation wasn’t wanted or needed and the discussion was “over”.

The Democrats have the White House, and significant majorities in both houses of Congress. The fact that Obama’s agenda has stalled has nothing to do with the Republicans, and everything to do with the Democrats. The struggle over the Progressive Dream Agenda is within the Democratic party, but the Progressives continue to try and demonize the Republicans as being responsible for the failure of Obama’s team. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The arrogance and hubris of the Progressives when they arrived in Washington has boomeranged against them, and now they’re “frustrated” ?. The “Coffee Party” isn’t going to help them re-set the tone – abrasive and brittle, it’s a tone that they set, and no amount of faux astro-turfing and “concern” is going to unring that bell.

YTZGal on March 1, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Organizing for America with lipstick…that is all

DougDavis on February 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Thanks for the smile. Loved it.

YTZGal on March 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I think that second girl is from a Brecht Forum video I watched last night. It’s not this video but check this out. They intend to step up the fight (in their own words).


6:20 to 14:00 is meaty.

DWB on February 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Thanks for posting this link. I watched the video last night, and unfortunately, it didn’t surprise me.

I’ve had alot of experience with the tactics of the Communists and New Democratic Party in Canada (the Communists don’t feel any need to hide who they are), and I can assure you, they are extremely disingenuous, and will lie and adapt chameleon like poses to get what they want. And they never give up. Never.

YTZGal on March 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM