Friday, February 05, 2010

Tea Bags gathering

I decided I wasn't going to write about the National Tea Bagger convention because, honestly, who has the energy to keep up with these nutjobs? If you're willing to pay Sarah Palin $100,000 to come speak at your event, well, I just can't respect that.

Thinking about Sarah Palin reminds of this wingnut I knew from school who posts crazy shit on Facebook, such as raving about Palin's book. She's so far out there that I have to question whether it's actually legit and not a joke. She actually joined a group promoting an amendment to the Constitution allowing George W. Bush a third term in office! She's one of the 30% or so that saw 8 years of Bush and thought, "ya know, I think we could use another four of this." Good grief.

Recently someone was encouraging her to go to some reception/gala event by bragging that the guest speaker was the fake prostitute involved in the "sting" of ACORN. I guess the other conservative intellectual heavyweights like Joe the Plumber weren't available but they legitimately seem excited about hearing what this woman had to say. I'm guessing it's a lot of "ACORN is stealing our votes and taking our jobs and giving them to illegal immigrants who sell them in order to pay for the abortions of welfare scammers. Socialist."

The fact that she was excited to see this woman was funny but the all-time classic happened either right before the inauguration when she forbid the grade schoolers in her classroom from saying "Barack Obama" because the kids were talking about him so much. I felt bad for the kids but I'm pretty sure she teaches at one of those fundie schools that doesn't actually have any accredidation so I'm pretty sure the kids are screwed already.

Where was I? Oh, right, the Teabaggers I'm not talking about. I was reading about their convention at the Opryland in Nashville and there was just too much comedy to pass up. You know the Basement is all about easy, cheap jokes at the right wing's expense. You know this.
Scores of tea party activists from as far as Hawaii arrived in Nashville on Thursday, energized by signs that their cries last year had been heard and that that political tide is turning against Obama and congressional Democrats. Someone hung a poster of Palin from a balcony overlooking a garden atrium at the Opryland complex. In the hotel lobby, a few delegates sat on luggage and read copies of the Declaration of Independence.
LOL, really? "Damn, look at this line. Guess I'll whip out my Declaration of Independence. I know I read something about the prohibition of closet Kenyan-born Muslim socialists serving as president in there somewhere."
And outside the convention hall, entrepreneurs sold souvenirs: sterling silver tea bag necklaces ($89.99), bags of "Freedom Coffee" ($9) and T-shirts emblazoned with a bald eagle ($20).
Yeah, I'll give them a tea bag pearl necklace for half that price, we just need to head upstairs to my room...
The convention host delivered a meandering welcome speech without notes, saying he misplaced them. Former congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) offered a fiery defense of Judeo-Christian faith and traditional American values, but there was no prayer or Pledge of Allegiance to open the convention -- nor was there an American flag in the convention hall. (Skoda blamed the oversight on the hotel staff.)
Despite her fee, Palin said she will not "benefit financially" from the event. "Any compensation for my appearance will go right back to the cause," she wrote in an opinion article published in USA Today. Palin did not specify how she would distribute her earnings.
Benefit financially? What gave you that idea? That's what campaign funds are for. But, seriously, if that money is going "right back into the cause" why not just decline the money so it could "stay right in the cause"? Also.
Tea Party Nation, a social-networking site, is organizing the convention. Although it is a for-profit corporation, founders Judson and Sherry Phillips have said that any profit will be funneled back into the movement. "We have made the best of a tight budget and scaled back the price of attending this convention as much as we could without putting TPN into bankruptcy," Sherry Phillips wrote recently in an e-mail to members.

Still, other prominent voices in the movement remain furious. Erick Erickson, editor of, a conservative blog, wrote that the convention "smells scammy." Two tea party groups, the American Liberty Alliance and the National Precinct Alliance, withdrew from the convention in protest, as did two featured speakers, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

"It didn't sound 'tea party' to me," said Anthony Shreeve, 27, a tea party organizer from Tennessee who is boycotting the convention. "It sounded more like a regular Republican fundraiser."
Michelle Freaking Bachmann pulled out from this? Yikes, it must be a scam if even her never-met-a-crazy-ass-statement-I-wouldn't-say-to-get-my-wingnut-ass-on-TV face isn't showing up.

Sadly, the Republicans will probably succeed in channeling this craziness into electoral victories in the fall while Democrats continue to pretend they have someone negotiating in good faith, but, ehhh, they're still crazy.


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