On Friday’s Morning Joe, panelist Van Jones argued that the Republican party as a whole — rather than simply the Tea Party movement — has undertaken a “bodies on the beach” strategy. Basically, he explained, “they” think that the more bodies there are lining the beach, the more likely people will be to “fire the lifeguard” — as in, the more likely Americans will be to vote Barack Obama out of office. The more Americans are in pain, he continued, the more they stand to gain.
“They want Obama fired so they don’t care how many Americans are in economic pain,” he said. “The more Americans in fact in economic pain, they see for themselves political gain. And that’s why you’ve seen not just the Tea Party but the entire Republican party refuse to step up to the plate on common sense stuff like tax cuts for small businesses, tax help for veterans. Go down the line and you’ll see that things Republicans stood for, they stand against and won’t pass in this Congress because they want to hurt the American people economically so they can gain politically. That’s not just the Tea Party.”
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