Tea Party rage: New YorkerÃ¢â?¬â?¢s Packer sees it roiling in Cville
Writers for the New Yorker seem to be staking out Charlottesville restaurants. First, Calvin Trillin created a stir by writing about Taste of China, now journalist George Packer is predicting “Armageddon in Virginia” from Arch’s Frozen Yogurt.
On his New Yorker blog, Packer writes about having lunch with Perriello challenger Laurence Verga, a Monterey, California native and "hard-line libertarian conservative" who moved here six years ago, and who decided to seek Perriello’s 5th District seat after the thwarted Tea Party protests in front of the Congressman’s office in the Glass Building.
Lunching at Arch's with Verga, Packer reports, are a "building contractor, a veneer manufacturer, and the owner of a coffee-roasting shop," all Tea Party supporters who are "furious at government."
Writes Packer, "The anti-government ideology around the table at Arch’s was so unyielding that it might have been a gathering of Ayn Rand Objectivists."
Packer also chats with County supe Ken Boyd, who is also seeking Perriello’s seat, and finds a less angry man willing to compromise, but "in the prevailing atmosphere of fury among Republicans," says he "probably doesn’t stand a chance of getting nominated." Still, he quotes Boyd as saying that the Obama Administration is pursuing an inflationary policy "deliberately, so they can destroy the economy and rebuild it along socialist lines."
Packer also cites the gas line cutting incident at the Perriello home, and similar such acts of vandalism across the country last week, and declares that "Virginia, not traditionally an incubator of extremism, has become one of the loudest sources of opposition and nullification on the right."
In the end, Packer suggests we might be in for some trouble.
"The language and posture of the opposition to Perriello, health care, Obama, and everything his Administration does have closed off any breathing room for reason, facts, or compromise. There’s no space between a roll-call vote and Armageddon. When people feel they can’t breathe, they lash out. The Republican Party is lashing out, destructively and self-destructively."