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April 17, 2010

Lieberman: Don’t Underestimate Sarah Palin. President Clinton: Tea Party “Healthy.” {Videos}

Tea Party Movement minus Vitriol = Good for America

“Everybody should listen.”

Joe Lieberman joined Bill Clinton (whom I found realllly inspiring, check Clinton’s speech below or here) in expressing respect for the Tea Party movement, and added:

I think … Sarah Palin for a lot of people has become a spokesperson. People worried that government has forgotten them, that it has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone.

I do disagree with her on some of the specifics that she has said, but I think anybody who underestimates Sarah Palin as a political force in America does so at some peril, because she is speaking for a lot of people out there.

As the Buddhists say, our “enemies” can be our best teachers, if we can only bear to listen (Leno the other night compared Palin’s screaming at a rally to fingernails on a chalkboard).

President Clinton:

Clinton said people have the right “to advocate whatever the livin’ Sam Hill they want to advocate” but they must observe “the basic line dividing criticism from violence or its advocacy.”

The enthusiasm for the current Tea Party movement was essentially within bounds, Clinton said.

“This Tea Party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we’ve spent,” Clinton said.

“But when you get mad, sometimes you end up producing the exact opposite result of what you say you are for.”

Read the rest over at NY Daily News, and watch the video via CNN (sorry, it’s not embeddable). President Clinton reminds us of the Oklahoma City bombing, and how in many ways the historical context is similar.

Bonus: President Obama re the Tea Party:

Bonus: Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Clash of the Teatans
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Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Rachel Maddow
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Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Tea America
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Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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