If you want to be taken seriously, keep it classy 

The left like to portray the tea party movement as uncouth and uncivilized. They go to great lengths to only film or photograph those they fit their meme.

As one left wing blog put it in a long rant.

“Educated? Does Grade 9 count for educated? (I’m being generous.). Upper middle class? Try trailer park. Yes, watch any YouTube video of a Trailer Park Rally and you will see the real Tea Party.”

Likewise the tea party movement bristled when a Democratic operative referred to them in unflattering terms, calling them “f--kers” as Michelle Malkin reported.

“Ohio Democrat Party chairman Chris Redfern says out loud how all his cohorts really feel about the grass-roots Tea Party movement. Here he is cursing activists who reject the notion that federally-subsidized health care is a right.”

It goes without saying that many were upset when Biden dropped an f-bomb while gloating at the White House as reported in NY Mag.

“It's hard to tell for sure, but when Joe Biden embraced President Obama at the health-care reform signing ceremony earlier, it sounded like he said, "This is a big f--king deal." It's possible it could have been "freaking," though, to be honest.”

Yesterday, New York tea party favorite, Carl Paladino, who tea parties rallied to get on the ballot uttered this sentiment.

"I want to know why you sent your goons after my daughter, Fred," Paladino demanded. "You send another goon to my daughter's house and I'll take you out, buddy!"

Granted it could be argued that its understandable when it involves someone’s daughter. However his phrasing was indellicate at best and the two had to be separated according to the report.

Yet at the same time we hear verbiage from tea party favorites like Paul LePage in Maine who the Bangor Daily News has reported threatened to punch a well respected journalist (he claimed later he was joking)

LePage: “I don’t want to talk to either one of them.” Rooks: “OK, well, they are going to find you afterwards.” LePage: “I’m about ready to punch A. J. Higgins,” referring to MPBN’s State House correspondent.

Its fair to say that there are tea party movement members celebrating the bluntness of both men. Some have even suggested that such outbursts will help in fundraising and attract the voters. Its unclear whether they understand how insulting that is to the general electorate at large in either state.

That said, tea partiers need to realize that some might see rank hypocrisy in their reaction to outbursts to “their candidates” that they would condemn from the other side. I am sure tea party people understand that a hostile relationship with the fourth estate as governor is not going to make the job any easier.

If tea party members believe this type of rhetoric to be unacceptable they must make sure to get in touch with their favorite candidate and let him or her know how they feel. Just because the primaries are over does not mean the movement cannot have a positive influence on their candidates.

The tea party movement was launched claiming they wanted a different type of politics, no one is quite sure if this is what they had in mind.

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Andrew Ian Dodge is a 40 something writer, consultant and rocker. He married Kim in 2007 and is busy working on writing projects with her including several novels and lyrics/singing for Growing Old Disgracefully. He is author of the political techno thriller "And Glory". He writes for his own blog www.andrewiandodge.com... more
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