It’s A Retail Operation, People

The conservative blogs are spilling some pixels on an operation known, charmingly, as F*ck Tea.

Last summer, Democrats argued that the tea party movement was the AstroTurf creation of corporate groups. Now that the grass-roots conservative resurgence has emerged as a clear force on the right, the left is making a different case: that tea parties are simply the enemy.

To that end, the Agenda Project, a new, progressive group with roots in New York’s fundraising scene and a goal of strengthening the progressive movement, has launched the “F*ck Tea” project, which is aimed, the group’s founder Erica Payne wrote in an e-mail this morning, “to dismiss the tea party and promote the progressive cause.”

“”We will be launching new products in the next several months to help people all over the country F*ck Tea,” Payne told POLITICO. “Products like a Glenn Beck Bowl Buddy (Beck B Scrubbin) and others are perfect holiday gifts or just a great way to say, ‘I love you and our country’ to your spouse, friend or family.”

This is not a political movement. It’s a retail operation aimed at people with a political point of view, like a Harriet Carter for the hipnorats, although probably not as successful.

I find it encouraging for two reasons.

  • It’s encouraging to see the leftwingers engaging in some good old-fashioned capitalism.
  • It’s becoming obvious that the politically connected on the other side are not going to take the wind out of the sails of the Tea Party movement, but at least they can part some of their peeps from their money.

But I have to hand it to the people behind it. They know how to get the word out to the very people they want to court: trigger the opposition.

(Link seen on Trog. See also Ed Driscoll and Hot Air.)