What Senator Bennet Thinks About the Tea Party

April 23 2010, 11:11 AM
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, the Democrat who is facing a strong challenge within his party and from Republicans, recently called conservative "tea party" activists' views on government "ludicrous," "appalling," and "nihilistic," writes The Huffington Post, which places Bennet making the remarks during a GLBT event in Denver. To drive home Bennet's views, "nihilism" is defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as "a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility." Bennet was commenting on Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, often blamed by liberal groups for going too far in limiting the growth of government. He said conservatives who support such ideas lack a sense of "responsibility to the next generation." Meanwhile, Bennet's campaign to win the November election and remain in office continues, including a new ad featuring his children. Wonkette assesses the footage, noting "either his young children are well-respected economic and political titans with lengthy, important publishing records, which give undeniable weight to their endorsements, or---for you cynics out there, lousy cynics---he believes the public will think of his young children as 'cute' and his family 'nice' and therefore Michael Bennet 'good' for a future 'vote.'"