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David Gergen Refuses to Call Crazy When He Sees It


Want to know why millions of Americans have turned away from traditional media analysts & towards new media voices like Andrew Sullivan & Josh Marshall? David Gergen, the dean of Beltway talking heads, is like some sort of bizarro Stephen Colbert — he can’t see crazy.

Check out this roundtable discussion featuring Gergen & Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi:

Taibbi: I interview these people. They’re not basing their positions on the facts – they’re completely uninterested in the facts. They’re voting completely on what they see and hear on Fox News and afternoon talk radio, and that’s enough for them.

Gergen: The great unwashed are uneducated, so therefore their views are really beneath serious conversation?

Taibbi: I’m not saying they’re beneath serious conversation. I’m saying that these people vote without acting on the evidence.

Gergen: I find it stunning that the conversation has taken this turn. I disagree with the Tea Party on a number of issues, but it misreads who they are to dismiss them as some kind of uneducated know-nothings who have somehow seized power in the American electorate. It is elitist to its core. We would all be better off if we spent more time listening to each other rather than simply writing them off.

Note how it’s not Matt Taibbi, who’s traveled extensively talking to real Tea Partiers, who knows what Tea Partiers are really like. It’s David Gergen – Yale undergrad, Harvard law, Beltway insider for 40 years, lives in Cambridge, MA – he’s the voice of the people.

Look, this isn’t some sort of centrist wisdom. David Gergen is regurgitating astroturf. The Tea Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of front groups funded by a handful of some of the richest people who’ve ever lived, like David Koch, trying to gin up anti-Obama hate to seize power, then cut their own taxes & roll back health & safety regulations on their businesses. They wouldn’t be able to get away with it without people like Gergen. At his core, Gergen is a pro wrestling referee who turns his back while the bad guys pour over $270 million into influencing our elections, then claims the results are just real Americuns tryna take back Washington from those big government libruls.  

  • VA Blogger

    Sounds about right.

  • Dan Sullivan

    But using terms like “these people” opens the door wider.

    Gergen says that they are the “great unwashed and uneducated,” not Taibbi, but Taibbi didn’t counter effectively. Education doesn’t matter at all if you don’t have the facts and don’t seek them out. Letting Gergen lay the elitist charge out there is counterproductive to the civil discourse Gergen implies should occur and lessens the likelihood the necessary seeds of doubt will be sewn.

  • hereinva

    And recently was made aware of a group of self identified

    Tea Partiers who believe that sustainable growth and smart growth planning is part of a U.N. “Agenda 21” scheme.

    Mojo carries the story here:


  • Cool_Arrow

    I realize that I am jumping into this debate a little late but it is pretty easy to see that for the most part Tea Parties are simply conservative Republicans who eschew the Party label Repbulican because of the disaster that was the Bush years. Self-identified Republicans went down towards the end of the Bush years and independents went up. All of a sudden you have the Tea Party springs up which is basically what far right of the GOP has demanded for years. The Tea Party has guests like Tom Tancredo, Marsha Blackman and even Sarah Palin speak at their rallies it isn’t to hard to see that this is the far right of the Republican Party even if they don’t call themselves “Republicans”.

    I am all for more public involvement in government and think it is good for more people to demand accountablilty from the government but my problem with the Tea Party is its blind obsession with bumper sticker logic that isn’t all that factua and in many instances its downright hypocritical.

    1. Follow the Constituion – yet they want to amend it for the 14th Amendment and likely more than half of these people saying this couldn’t say how many Amendments there are to the Constitution.

    2. Stop Government Involvement – how many people proclaiming this are beneficiaries are excessive government aid such as farm subsidies? How would Bob McDonell have “balanced” our budget without federal aid?

    3. Stop the Runaway Spending – where were you when we had 2 wars without neither a plan to pay for nor to leave or when we had a drastic Prescrption Drug Plan not paid for? At some point you are hypocritical and can’t get basic math if you think all of the federal debt is at the hands of Obama.