Theodore's World: Charles Krauthammer Slams Tea Party Attackers’ ‘lack of intelligence’

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August 04, 2011

Charles Krauthammer Slams Tea Party Attackers’ ‘lack of intelligence’

Krauthammer Slams Tea Party Attackers’ ‘lack of intelligence’

The Daily Caller

He said instead it was a show of their “lack of intelligence” and “lack of originality.”

“Well, it certainly is a spitting and the sputtering of people who are, who’ve been deeply defeated,” Krauthammer said. “I mean, they were routed. They were up against a small minority of one half of one-third of the Congress and they got — they lost everything. They got routed. Look, this was their Agincourt, you know, Henry V outnumbered by the French, three to one. The opposition, the liberals, hold the Senate. They hold the White House. They hold the media, which had been leaking and parroting the White House line all the way through, and they still got defeated.

“I think this is sort of a pathetic response. If you have no arguments, what do you do? Ad hominems. You attack, you throw names out. But I have one slight disagreement with you [about this] being a conspiracy. I don’t think these people have the wherewithal to orchestrate a three-car motorcade. The reason for the repetition is lack of intelligence and lack of originality. These are people who are slothful.”

Despite Krauthammer’s low regard for the Tea Party’s left-wing detractors, O’Reilly insisted talking points were still circulating, which suggested a concerted effort. Krauthammer dismissed that notion.

“Look, what it means to me is you’ve got people with no intelligence, no originality, no imagination,” he said. “They are sputtering. They have lost. No arguments. What do they do? They want ad hominems. They want epithets. So, somebody uses it on the air — ‘Ah ha, that’s a good one. I’ll use it.’ I don’t credit them [with] the intelligence or the sort of, what it takes to put together a conspiracy.”

O’Reilly alluded to early attacks on the Tea Party which suggested its activism was rooted in racism. But that didn’t stick, and Krauthammer said the argument’s failure contradicted O’Reilly’s point. Instead, he said, there was a degree of absurdity to the left’s entire effort. Krauthammer cited the reaction of one member of the House of Representatives.

“But as you just said, Bill — you just said earlier that if you repeat the lie often enough, it will work,” Krauthammer said. “You just said with racism it didn’t work. This is transparently silly. You had one congressman, I wrote it down — Mike Doyle in the meeting with the vice president yesterday actually said, ‘We have negotiated with terrorists. The small group of terrorists has made it impossible for us to spend any money.’ Well, that’s a hell of a definition of terrorism. Normally a terrorist says, ‘I want you to convert. I want your daughter, I want your money, I want your submission.’ This guy says a bunch of terrorists in Congress have stopped us from spending money we don’t have. You think that’s an argument that will carry with the American people? I think not.”

The Washington Post columnist chalked the debt deal up to representative democracy in action.

“[I]n the democracy folks speak,” Krauthammer said. “How do they speak on Election Day? What’s the result? They elect representatives who speak on their behalf and those representatives in the House, some of them a rather small minority, prevailed over a majority. Why? Because they have conviction and they have the argument and they have reality and truth on their side. This country is headed over a cliff economically. Everybody understands that, including the ratings agencies, which are rather neutral on this — objective observers and they say you don’t get your house in order we’re going to make you lose your AAA [credit rating]. Everybody understands that. But it was these people, expressed through their representatives, who made the case and won the day.”


Wild Thing's comment......

Charles is so good. When he is on target I love the way he keeps on track. O'Reilly continues to be the host that interrupts every guest, it is disgusting!! Charles handles it well, and does not back down.

Charles refusing to give the left credentials. He is infact, using the isolate and ridicule tactic and refusing to give them any power. Let's see how they like having the rules for radicals reversed on them...I think not so much. O'Reilly set it up and got the facts out there, but Krauthammer knocked them out of the park.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 4, 2011 04:47 AM


O'reilly seems to have reached his plateau, never rises any higher and never sinks below it but he has a tendency to make good Journalists shine.

Amazing, at first the left called the Tea Party of bunch or right wind nuts and racist, now they have come full circle and are calling them Terrorists, or anarchists. The good thing the TeaParty did not lose any ground, the republicans in Congress rolled over and subitted to Obama's demands. If there is anything good to come out of this, it is the Tea Party rising to the top standing firm on their principles.

Posted by: Mark at August 4, 2011 08:32 AM

I cannot stomach one millisecond of Bill O'Reilly. There is a good video on You Tube of O'Reilly really coming unglued.

Krauthammer is a person who I admire for his triumph over adversity. His intelligience and oratory are superb. A very few times he has made statements that I disagreed with, but 98% of the time I enjoy his realistic assessments and subdued, but biting humor.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 4, 2011 10:01 AM

Mark and Tom, thank you so much.

Tom, yes I saw it one time, O'Reilly really lost it.
I agree too about Krauthammmer, he has been 98% on target.

Mark, well said, "If there is anything good to come out of this, it is the Tea Party rising to the top standing firm on their principles."

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2011 12:24 AM

I think that Krauthammer has switched to a mode to ease Obama out while minimizing the damage he does on the way out. There really was no win with this debt ceiling deal. If the triggers kick in with $500 billion in cuts to the Military it will be a disaster.
Leon Panetta is going to fight that but it is baked in the law at this point. Cutting off funds for the fighting man like higher taxes is a religion for some of Reid's people. I don't know if they will let the congress revisit the issue before the cuts kick in.

Posted by: Avitar at August 5, 2011 04:51 AM