I don't understand why the President's remarks lately regarding the tea party movement have been so condescending towards the movement's members. I'm fairly liberal and a big supporter of the president, but I believe this latest strategy is a misstep.
When I was competing in the Texas high school mock trial state championship many years ago, one of the judges gave us a great critique that I've never forgotten. We'd argued a wrongful death case about a mentally handicapped young man who had purchased a firearm at a local Wal-Mart-type store and had subsequently shot himself while trying to clean the gun. At trial, we vigorously attacked the competence of the clerk who had sold the weapon to the young man -- a strategy our judge felt was woefully misguided. He said, rightly, that the clerk came off as a tragic victim, someone a jury would sympathize with. Instead, we ought to have attacked the corporation for making this poor clerk a stooge in their evil game because no one sympathizes with big, bad companies.
Why does the president demonize (or at best, marginalize) the tea party members instead of attacking Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks? When talking about his tax cuts for 95% of Americans, why doesn't he say "Meanwhile, the millionaires and billionaires who are now behind the curtains of the tea party movement are busy complaining that they aren't getting a fair shake"? Can't he say "Dick Armey and his friends have hijacked a legitimate movement full of hard-working, honorable Americans, and turned those people into foot soldiers in the war by the richest among us against the very fairness and equality at the heart of the American dream"?
Obama won't win any tea partiers over this way, but he might gain back some independents who feel that condescending to hard-working Americans isn't very presidential.