Posts tagged tea party
Posts tagged tea party
I once wrote about lobbying, and this week I called some Republicans I used to talk to (and some that they recommended I talk to) about the effect the shutdown is having on the Republican Party in Washington. The response I got was fear of Republican decline and loathing of the Tea Party: One lobbyist and former Hill staffer lamented the “fall of the national party,” another the rise of “suburban revolutionaries,” and another of “people alienated from business, from everything.” There is a growing fear among Washington Republicans that the party, which has lost two national elections in a row, is headed for history’s dustbin. And I believe that they are right to worry.
The battle over the shutdown has highlighted the cracks and fissures within the party. The party’s leadership has begun to lose control of its members in Congress. The party’s base has become increasingly shrill and is almost as dissatisfied with the Republican leadership in Washington as it is with President Obama. New conservative groups have echoed, and taken advantage of, this sentiment by targeting Republicans identified with the leadership for defeat. And a growing group of Republican politicians, who owe their election to these groups, has carried the battle into the halls of Congress. That is spelling doom for the Republican coalition that has kept the party afloat for the last two decades.
Maybe the Koch Bros. will actually do some good in this world by pushing the GOP to its grave.
The Tea Party: “No More Popular Than The Klan”
"We are a clueless gaggle of pawns, we are fools as leaders we are a bad joke." - Republicans
GOP is SHIT
Here’s one thing the Washington Media Establishment needs to remember as John Boehner calls for negotiations with the White House and the Senate: Boehner doesn’t have a majority constituency in the House.
President Obama leads a Democratic Party that is fully behind him. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the full, united support of the Democratic Senate Caucus. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has the near unanimous support of House Democrats.
- Greg Dworkin joins us for an extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report - pdf document, with James Carville
Again, we underscore the uniqueness of what is happening in the Republican Party. We conduct homogenous groups to replicate real life homogeneity where people can feel free to talk about their feelings and emotions. We think this is what people say around the water cooler or
a family dinner. But for the first time for me, it felt like we were creating a safe space where Republican voters could express feelings freely—and they did.
We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President. None did. They know that is deeply non-PC and are conscious about how they are perceived. But focusing on that misses how central is race to the worldview of Republican voters. They have an acute sense that they are white in a country that is becoming increasingly “minority,” and their party is getting whooped by a Democratic Party that uses big government programs that benefit mostly minorities, create dependency and a new electoral majority. Barack Obama and Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many Evangelical and Tea Party voters.
Daily Kos radio Link with Greg Dworkin
- extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report.
Breaking News, Obama Responds to Tea Party Demands for “Negotiations”
- negotiations over.
White, male and christian - They will not take a chance; the Republican party just believes in a fantasy friend and the status quo that makes it so easy for them to not have to think or try. White christian males will just believe in a fantasy world of their right to dominance and the dismissal of thought and understanding, of people of color, of the poor, of women, of the US Constitution. Republicans are shallow and simplistic and worship only the false idols of self aggrandizing fantasy and money. And it gets worse; “it” is called the Tea party.
It all started with an idea… a plan to woo disaffected southern, white Democrats who were incensed over the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960′s. An idea, from the Republican Party, to polarize ethnic voting to capture the southern states, a traditionally Democratic stronghold.
Christians and Republicans place dishonesty on a pedestal.
Laughable: Rumor of Tea Party Boycott of Ebony Magazine Spreads After Trayvon Martin Cover
Idiots come in all colors, including creme. There are no white people but there are cowardly, ignorant stooges who pander supremacy and faux victimization to morons with a similarly smooth palette.
Get ready progressives: 2014 and 2016 are nigh…
Planes Fly Into a RNC Convention Hosted by FOX News Killing all Tea Party Politicians, all FOX Corporate Heads and all FOX TV Personalities. Further Death Follows As The Taliban, Near Despondent Due To Their Bad Aim Commits Suicide.
Call it Karma
It is easy to be brave from a distance. - Aesop
Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell, who has never seen fit to wear the uniform of his country, nevertheless passed judgment on the courage of others when he Tweeted the following “joke” yesterday:
I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A — Nate Bell (@NateBell4AR) April 19, 2013
Despite the fact that many seemed to agree with Bell, it must have dismayed him that so many felt repulsed upon upon reading his words.
Perhaps, unlike Bell, they had actually been paying attention to the news this week, and taken in not only the memorials to the killed and injured, but the many stories of heroism, when folks who were not police or emergency personnel stayed to comfort the afflicted, and carry them to safety, even though they did not know if another bomb might go off even as they were helping their fellow human beings.
Nate Bell wasn’t there, not were most of those on the Internet who approved his message. The folks in Boston were.
Maybe Republican Bell had forgotten that a small child was among those who had been killed.
But at any rate Bell, who felt comfortable making a crude joke about the courage of others while he was chortling safely away here in Arkansas, soon felt compelled to issue an apology on Facebook … of sorts.
I would like to apologize to the people of Boston & Massachusetts for the poor timing of my tweet earlier this morning. As a staunch and unwavering supporter of the individual right to self defense, I expressed my point of view without thinking of its effect on those still in time of crisis. In hindsight, given the ongoing tragedy that is still unfolding, I regret the poor choice of timing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston overnight and will continue as they recover from this tragedy.
Nate Bell is sorry about the “timing” of his joke. In saying so twice, he makes sure that the grieving folks of Boston know he still feels contempt for them; he just shouldn’t have been so excited by what the voices in his head were saying that he had to share what they said with the world quite so quickly.
Like the bully in the bar, Nate Bell wasn’t “thinking” about those his stupid remarks may have offended. He was going for the cheap laugh, to get the approval of the other lurkers in the back of the bar, back there in the dark.
Perhaps Bell, who touts his involvement with the National Rifle Association, felt that this would take some of the heat away, but the damage has already been done.
Not only to Bell, but to Arkansas as a whole, which has already been suffering blows to its national reputation of late due to the hard work of the Men with Bad Haircuts in the state legislature, of which Nate Bell is a proud member.
I suppose it is sort of understandable, in a way. Prior to being elected to this office, Bell’s only other elected position were his three terms as Potter Township Constable.
And nobody pays much attention to what a constable posts on Twitter.
Still, even a former constable might know better than to make such a stupid, monstrously insensitive, joke at a time like this.
But maybe Nate Bell doesn’t know any better.
No doubt he is smarting from all of the media attention (damn media) and comments left on his Facebook page (do politicians ever actually read the comments people leave on Facebook?) but the fact that so many other folks have chortled along with the NRA supporter may have bolstered him emotionally.
He may just decide to wait this out, and read things through three or four times before actually posting them online for the foreseeable future.
If there is any cosmic justice, and if Nate Bell has a modicum of self-awareness left at this point, he should resign from the Arkansas legislature.
I’m not holding my breath, though.
Former Tennessee Official Caught Masturbating Out of Car Window While Driving 90 Miles an Hour. Birth of the Tea Party and drive by masturbation. What further monumental achievements dare we hope for from the volunteer your semen state?
William Blakely, the former vice mayor of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, will be charged with spermicide and assault with a dead weapon.
The Tea Party’s Stupidest Campaign Yet: The Right to Ride a Manatee.
Maybe we shouldn’t breed?
A few days ago, I pointed out that the House Republicans’ five-page bill to raise the debt ceiling offends two different provisions in the Constitution. I wish this were an isolated instance. It’s not.
Most House Republicans are Tea Partiers, and Tea Partiers are in love with three things:
In my last campaign, the loser (in every sense of the word) who ran against me painted himself as a “constitutional conservative.” He swore that his only goal was to return to the governing principles of our Founding Fathers. But as far as I could tell, the only part of the original Constitution that he liked was the part about black slaves counting as only three-fifths of a human being.
For months, I had to listen to the unhinged “constitutional” rants of that right-wing crank. Here is a list of some of the all-too-familiar Tea Party proposals he made that are blatantly unconstitutional:
The worst part of this is that he fancied himself quite the constitutional scholar, thank-you-very-much. But he must have slept through his law school course on constitutional law. Every single one of these proposals is unconstitutional, and unequivocally unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. But this same Tea Party acolyte did not hesitate to declare Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, federal aid to schools, student loans, paper money and - of course - Obamacare all unconstitutional. Why? Because he said so.
And don’t even get me started on his obsession over the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Apparently, he never noticed that under our Constitution, the federal government can:
And I’m supposed to believe that this same government can’t get you to pay for your own emergency room care, or charge you what it costs if you don’t? Come on.
Look, they don’t own the American flag, they don’t own God, and they don’t own Constitution, either. It’s our Constitution.
I invite my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to sit down and read - at least those who know how to read - the document that they have sworn to uphold. In less time than they would waste listening to Sean Hannity’s errant nonsense one evening, they can get through the whole thing.
There’s some interesting stuff in there. For instance, it’s pretty clear that the Founding Fathers did not contemplate a standing army, much less an army standing in Kabul. And I invite you to show me exactly where it says in there that our military can occupy a foreign country.
But that’s the real Constitution, not the fake one in their heads. Their version reads like Humpty Dumpty’s: “‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.’”
Congressman Alan Grayson
Hank Williams Jr: “Obama Hates America in the First Place”. Hank Williams Jr is a teabagging illiterate idiot who still believes wearing a flag shirt is more important than knowing what your legislators are up to. He confuses patriotic with being a parasitic mental coward, who sits drunken and mesmerized as Bill O’Reilly explains the universe to him.
Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, announced her disapproval of George W. Bush’s war policies in 2003 during a live concert, without resorting to comparisons to past fascist leaders. In fact, Maines said this: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” As a result, the band was threatened and abused for many months afterwards, their songs left off the radio, their CDs burned and smashed.
A strange, gendered double standard seems to permeate the country music world. I guess Hank Williams Jr. can take for granted that he can say what he wants without too many major consequences. In his own words: “I’ve always been that way. If you like it, fine; if you don’t, great.”
Tea Baggers: Obama is a Commie, Obama is a Muslim and Obama is not an American. Tea Baggers are racist freaks who lack the courage to say what is truly on their minds: uppity niggers should not appear intelligent or proud when they are against the mighty white right..
GOP is SHIT