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Chan Lowe: Hypocrisy in the Tea Party


It’s heartwarming to see that, even though the new House majority is supposed to be heralding a return to America’s philosophical roots as the Founding Fathers intended, good old-fashioned hypocrisy hasn’t gone out of vogue.

The Tea Party representatives appear to have found their places in the Washington minuet without too much trouble, hiring lobbyists to run their staffs and staging campaign debt retirement functions at fancy venues where checks are written and ears are bent.

The question, “Will they change Washington or will Washington change them?” was answered even before the swearing-in.

I’m sure the lobbyists/chiefs of staff, hired because “they know the ways of government,” view their naïve new bosses as rough clay waiting to be sculpted in their expert hands.

There are news stories that rank-and-file Tea Partiers out in the boondocks plan to keep up the heat on their new champions, to make sure they continue to uphold the principles they campaigned on. They’re going to call, email, even drop by for a visit.

Here’s some advice for them: Don’t waste your time. All those Mr. Smiths you just sent to Washington may not realize it yet, and you may not realize it either, but they stopped representing you the moment they arrived on the banks of the Potomac.

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Which begs the question: Why the heck are they on the banks of the Potomac? This is the 21st century after all, shouldn't they all stay back in their home districts and telecommute to DC? At least they wouldn't all be gathered up in one place like fish in a barrel for the lobbyists to pick off...

Absolutely correct sir! Chan, you nailed this one out of the park.

The real danger here is that nothing changes in the way government operates. You may loath the conservative message and despise Rick Scott and other non-professional politicians but the electorate see things differently. The general population fundamentally distrusts big government both on a national and state basis. If the swing to the right does not cure problems or creates new bigger problems we will be in a much worse spot in two years. We need leadership in public service, nationally, in Florida state government, and most of all in South Florida where basic honesty in public service appears to be missing.

Be happy, Chan. The new crop of U.S Representatives will provide wonderful fodder for your 'toons and blog. You and Jon Stewart will be having a great two years. Let the skewering begin!

The Tea PArty doesnt even know who is in the Tea Party or what the Tea Party. I can tell you what they are, they are warm bodies for the neocons.

Sounds like sour grapes to me. Your guys got voted out and you just can't stand the thought that someone with different ideas than you might be able to make a positive change. Why don't you give them more than one day to see what can be accomplished? I have been reading your stuff for a long time and have yet to see any conservitive idea of which you approve. Your way didn't work. Lets see if this one will.

The new Republican leadership is full of staffers from Tom DeLay's old gang...
They've gone from working for "The Hammer" to working for a new group of "Chiselers".
The Tea Party might be tempted to add some "spirits" to their tea--If--Or when, they realize they've been sold down the river...

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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