Yes, that was an ironic headline.
Fact is, Anton Gunn is one of the most impressive legislators I’ve seen elected to the General Assembly in the past decade. His positive approach to working with other members of both parties toward nonpartisan, nonideological solutions is remarkable. There’s no question that he’s a Democrat — he was a key player in Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries in 2008 — but he has an open-minded, thoughtful approach that would be worthy of an UnPartisan.
So it is particularly strange to hear him condemned in the strong tones Sheri Few used in her speech to the Tea Partiers today.
It’s additionally interesting because, while her zeal for her causes has never been in doubt, the way she speaks to this crowd of True Believers — the kind of folk who would pull the Republican Party in the direction she would like to go (far from the direction of the Republicans we always endorsed over her in primaries) — presents an interesting contrast to the way she speaks in an editorial board meeting. Not so much in substance, but in tone, and word choice.
You can hear the Sheri Few I’m used to back here. See the Tea Party Sheri Few above. Sample: “This is the group that pushes propaganda for the socialistic Obama agenda.” Really. This is what is increasingly passing as an acceptable way for certain people in politics to characterize people with whom they disagree.
One of the interesting things about this sort of gathering is the utter lack of a sense of irony on the part of participants. Maybe they consider irony to be socialistic, or far left, or one of those other names Ms. Few uses to describe Mr. Gunn. Yet there is unacknowledged irony in abundance — such as when our speaker says “I have been a grass-roots activist for over 15 years,” and then almost immediately invokes hoots and boos from the audience by characterizing Mr. Gunn as a community organizer, “like his mentor, Obama.”
But you know, it never does get to be quite what you’d call “funny.” It’s a little too disturbing.
There is more in that vein…