Stacy McCain has a great post on the Coffee Party today at The Other McCain:
Annabelle Park’s experience reminds me of the 2002-06 era of liberal impotence, when the general consensus within the left-wing blogosphere was that Democrats were losing elections because they weren’t angry enough or, alternatively, they weren’t liberal enough. This was the impetus, for example, of the doomed Ned Lamont campaign.Critics of the Tea Party accuse us of all manner of hateful motivations but the Tea Party's success is built on positive energy and a positive message. We are not about tearing down institutions but building up individuals. Our message isn't "Yes We Can" it is "Yes You Can". It isn't a subtle difference. One is a group-think slogan that enshrines the government as the noble benefactor. The other recognizes the power of the individual. It is no surprise that the latter resonates with more people than the former.
Read the rest of Stacy's post.