Bill Clinton on the Tea Party

“Big business has done well and people who caused the financial turmoil are already back in the saddle — they’re doing fine. And the government that gave them the TARP bailout — you’re doing fine; you’ve got a job, you can send your kid to college, you’ve got healthcare. The middle class squeeze is basically occurring to non-government private sector workers… They’ve been squeezed by both big business and government.”

“I’m sympathetic with these Tea Party folks. American public and private systems need to be modernized and changed so they’re more accountable to people and they help the middle class more. I 100% agree with that. They’re right.”

This is what net roots and the rest don’t get. The grievances are real. Mocking and ridiculing them has proven to be less than an ideal strategy for liberals and progressives. I’ve got friends here in Utah who regularly listen to Glenn Beck. And guess what, there’s plenty we still agree on. Imagine what could be accomplished if we all found that common ground.