Why not be a real journalist…

…and report what he actually said?

The tea party is turning from the voice of anger to its target, and Republicans have it hanging around their neck. The first trumpet blast of wrath came in labor leader James Hoffa’s intemperate call at a Democratic rally to — and I tone him down — turn its candidates out of office.

Oh, right. That wouldn’t fit with the narrative Froma Harrop’s trying to spin here. Anyone who’s been paying even the slightest bit of attention knows the Tea Party has been catching shit ever since they came on the scene from everyone who’s afraid of their gravy train getting derailed. And how does Harrop explain this?

In a special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Wiener, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped $485,000 into the coffers of David Weprin.  The Hill reported that “the House Majority PAC, a Democratic outside group, will also help Weprin with a six-figure ad buy that will run on cable and broadcast television.”

Bill Clinton campaigned for Weprin.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaigned for Weprin. The New York Times endorsed Weprin.

A Republican hadn’t won in New York’s 9th Congressional District since 1921.  Barack Obama won the district with 55 percent of the vote in 2008.  That same year, Weiner defeated Republican Bob Turner, Weprin’s opponent, by 22 points.

Despite the money, despite the high-profile support, despite the endorsements, despite the history of the district, Turner is headed to a stunning victory in the special election.  In the latest vote total, Turner leads Weprin 53 percent to 46 percent.

I wonder if Froma Harrop (or E.J. Dionne, for that matter) is familiar with the phrase “whistling past the graveyard.”

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