As I often do, I was listening to a liberal/progressive radio talk show today when I heard a discussion between the host and a guest on the telephone. The guest was a columnist for a big liberal newspaper in Washington, D.C. and he was making a case for so-called “progressive” members of Congress to join the Tea Party Caucus being organized by Michelle Bachmann. His suggestion was to have these obvious interlopers force a vote within the caucus on the subject of bonus payments made at various big banks that had received Federal bail out funding. He figured to trick caucus members into having to go on record in opposition to the standard Republican Party position on the issue, or expose members’ support for those “evil Wall Street bankers.”
The guest’s argument is, as is often the case with liberals and progressives, a false choice.