The Republican Party is pulling the strings behind the tea parties but protesters still have some things in common with Democrats, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“The Republican Party directs a lot of what the tea party does, but not everybody in the tea party takes direction from the Republican Party. And so there was a lot of, shall we say, astroturf, as opposed to grassroots,” Pelosi told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas Sunday.
“We share some of the views of the tea partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington, D.C,” Pelosi continued.
“So, common ground with Nancy Pelosi and tea party movement?” asked Vargas.
“Well, no, there are some. There are some because they, again, some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters,” she replied. “Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about the role of special interests.”
Taking the opportunity, she completed a one-two punch, without hesitation.
“And many tea partiers, not that I speak for them, share the view, whether it’s — and Democrats, Republicans and Independents share the view that the recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interests, is something that they oppose,” explained Pelosi.
In his first state of the union speech, Jan. 27, President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC that overturned decades of limits on corporate spending in elections, a move many observers say will result in a “wild west” of unbridled spending designed to influence elections.
Corporate lobbyists are openly discussing how to sway elections while dodging “public scrutiny” and attaining “sufficient cover” for their intended practices, earning a sharp rebuke from transparency groups and commentators.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Feb. 28, 2010.