Monday, April 26, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

The Coffee Party Heats Up

When Annabel Park imagined what it would be like to head a new national political movement, here is what she had in mind: a coming together of engaged, intelligent citizens who had tired of the angry rhetoric and accusations of the Tea Partiers; Americans of all political persuasions joining in a spirit of equanimity to discuss the nation's problems, and maybe even share a laugh. It was this beautiful vision that danced in Park's head on a recent Saturday as she made her way to Busboys and Poets, a cafe in Washington, D.C., for one of nearly 500 Coffee Party meetings taking place nationwide that day. She knew the house would be full—word had spread quickly on the group's swelling Facebook page. Park, a documentary filmmaker, was especially pleased that C-Span had arranged to broadcast the meeting.

So, what do you think? Anything to this? Will this be an actual movement or is it just a passing fad? Does the choice of the name make them out to look like a joke?

Finally, did you notice that Newsweek goes to great pains to throw around the 200,000 number? Read the article closely. This is not 200,000 at one rally, it's their membership numbers.

200,000 is a lot, right? Let's compare.

I have seen estimates of between 13% and 18% of eligible voters identify themselves as Tea Party members. There are little more than 110 million voters in the US. The calculator on my computer says this is between 14 and 20 million people, or, 100 Tea Party members for every coffee party member. Or, put another way, it's 2/10 of a percent of voters.

Now we have to be fair and recognize that the coffee party has not been around as long as the Tea Party, that is not my point. My point is that it is a perfect example of how easily the fringe media can manipulate stories.

How much time do you think Newsweek spends talking about the numbers for the Tea Party? Do they use the 20 million member number? Or the 18% of voters statistic? Not likely.

A person can read this and 200,000 seems like such a large number that it is clearly a ballooning movement. Put into perspective though, it's not even comparable to the number of people who wanted Sanjaya to win American Idol.


Brooke said...

I think this is the left's answer to the tea parties, and I don't think it'll gather much steam.

Ticker said...

Has the left ever had any success with ideas the right has had? I offer Air America Radio as a prime example. I rest my case.

Miss T.C. Shore said...

This is actually predictable. We'll see if this gains any steam, but the left is always easier to organize if they are out of power and angry about something. They'll come together to burn flags and hate on the US, but I doubt they'll come together in strong numbers to show support for the government.

Mustang said...

If there was any justice on earth, leftists would arrange to send covert operatives to the coffee party meetings, instructing them to shout racial epithets, spit into the wind, and eat yellow snow in violation of federal regulations.

Alas, I have given up on justice.

Semper Fi

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Can they possibly come up with an original idea, all by themselves?

Chuck said...

Brooke, steam - funny

Ticker, half of Obama's "ideas" are Bush leftovers. The other half are an abomination before God but that's a discussion for another day.

TC, I think it's a joke - maybe not an intentional one but...

Mustang, maybe the right should send people to infiltrate the coffee parties and act intelligent - that would confuse everyone.

PCC, not in this lifetime

Phill Senters said...

I think the Lamestream Media is twisting the numbers in their usual disgusting Left wing...mmm....boot kissing manner.

Chuck said...

Phil, likely. There isn't much to twist though

Phill Senters said...

That's probably true Chuck, but they get desperate when there's slim pickings.

MK said...

It all depends on what they're about, if they're about more socialism, they'll fall in a heap just like every other piece of leftist idiocy.

Leftists never succeed when they have to be honest in public arena. Look at how successful leftie talk radio turned out to be.

Chuck said...

MK, it all comes down to the truth doesn't it?