Not too many folks around here nowadays wind up being written about or quoted in the national or out-of-town media. We’re known more for our scenic beauty and history than anything else.
An exception, when it comes to drawing media attention, is Mark Meckler, the Nevada County attorney who is a national leader of the Tea Party Patriots. He’s been in the media a lot lately.
*”Meckler psyched up the crowd–which grew to around 60 people as members trickled into Senate offices–by giving bigger and bigger estimates of the 9/12 march’s attendance.” – “Mark Meckler revs up the ‘die-in’ crowd” from Washington Independent
*”Mr. Meckler appeals to his Tea Party kindred to make the Christmastime ‘sacrifice’ to come out and feign sickness and death, noting that ‘throughout history American Patriots have made far greater sacrifices than this to protect our liberty.'” – “Protesters to die in the Senate” from New York Times
*”At a Capitol Hill rally today, the Tea Party Patriots’ Mark Meckler claimed that a Lieberman staffer threatened to have the right-wing activist arrested.” – Alternet
*”‘We are a leaderless movement and that’s a good thing. I don’t think you’re going to see a unified movement yet,’ said Mark Meckler, a Grass Valley (Nevada County) attorney who is a national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, which claims to reach 15 million people nationwide.” – “Tea Party Radicals Gear up for 2010 Elections” from the San Francisco Chronicle.
*In the Canadian Post’s account of the “die in” in Washington this month, Meckler also was quoted. The same article included this detail: “Alongside the protest being held on stage, a disturbing anti-abortion protest took place nearby.
“A man dressed as the Grim Reaper pretended to whip three individuals dressed as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama, all covered in fake blood. It appeared to be the same protesters who held a similar protest on the Hill in October.”
We’re a diverse group of people here, in terms of talents, experience, background and politics. People who read these articles might be surprised to learn our county voted for Charlie Brown, not Tom McClintock, for Congress.
I often wonder what others think about our county when they read all this, including some of the more sensational details of the protests.
If the Tea Party politics has legs in getting members elected to office in 2010, perhaps we’ll be “trailblazers.” If it fails, we might just be perceived as a little more backwater and “rednecky.”
In the meantime, our county’s population continues to decline. What kind of p.r., if any, will help reinvigorate us?