[BUMPED] Kate Zernike of the Times, eager to get on the right side of history, takes a loving, uncritical look at the Coffee Party, born in reaction to the first-ignored, then derided Tea Party:
Coffee Party, With a Taste for Civic Participation, Is Added to the Political Menu
By KATE ZERNIKE
Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.
Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”
It had nearly 40,000 members as of Monday afternoon, but the numbers were growing quickly — about 11,000 people had signed on as fans since the morning.
“I’m in shock, just the level of energy here,” said the founder, Annabel Park, a documentary filmmaker who lives outside Washington. “In the beginning, I was actively saying, ‘Get in touch with us, start a chapter.’ Now I can’t keep up. We have 300 requests to start a chapter that I have not been able to respond to.”
I know what you're thinking - the Coffee Party is all good because it was founded by libs. And you are right!
[Prof. Jacobson documents Ms. Park's work for Obama and antipathy towards what she calls "tea baggers".]
Ms. Park, who has an impressive educational background, may be best known for her work on the documentary 9500 Liberty, about a controversial immigration resolution passed in Prince William County, Virginia. She also had a brief stint at the NY Times a decade ago.
All of this will come as a shock to Ms. Zernike, no doubt. Maybe the Times could use my subscription dollars to buy their reporters a subscription to Google.