Tripping the prom queen: GOP as a minority party

I kind of hate Bill Maher. But I also kind of love this column from Your Editor’s local semi-solvent newspaper, the LA Times, which really captures the essence of what Teablogging is all about:

The GOP Is Acting Like a Guy Who Got Dumped

By Bill Maher
April 24, 2009

If conservatives don’t want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who’s going to win “American Idol.” But it wasn’t tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that’s when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority. 

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because … well, nobody knows. They’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore. Even though they’re not quite sure what “it” is. But they know they’re fed up with “it,” and that “it” has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law. 

And here’s the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

Read the rest at the LA Times.

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Gubmint!

From Texas  South Carolina State Rep. Joe Millwood:

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Teacrest…. out.

NYT: Tea Parties? Obama Passes the Sugar

From the New York Times’ The Caucus blog

With his conservative critics staging “taxpayer tea parties” to protest his fiscal policies, President Obama marked the April 15th tax-filing deadline on Wednesday by delivering a sales pitch for what he called ‘’the most progressive tax cut in American history.’’

Mr. Obama made middle-class tax cuts a central theme of his election campaign…

Doug Mills/The New York TimesA woman participating in a “tea party” protest in Washington Wednesday wore tea bags on her head.

Detour: If teabagging isn’t your thing, just wait for the bukkake against regulation

One would think (hope?) that the party of Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and Ted Haggard might try to be smart about branding their political protests. Santorum anyone? The GOP is also the party of Sarah Palin and Glen Beck so their per capita IQ rivals the Detroit City Council. All over the country literally dozens of people will be “teabagging” to protest taxes. Sam Wurzelbacher, who travels the country as gay porn archetype Joe the Plumber, will headline the teabagging activities in Lansing. I also hate the bitter, salty taste of high taxation but, like most actual taxpayers, my Wednesday afternoon is presently occupied by this thing called a job. So, no, I will not dip my balls in Wurzelbacher’s mouth later today.

Read the rest at Detroit’s (?!) Detour Magazine

The Second Rule of Tea Parties Is You Don’t Talk About Tea Parties

From the Washington Independent

Please tell me this is not serious: Greenville S.C. Tea party at Chiefs

Greenville S.C. Tea party at Chiefs

April 13, 7:21 PM 

GREENVILLE S.C. A grassroots movement is afoot all over the country on tax day Greenville tea partyApril 17th.  Despite what the left wing liberals would lead you to believe, this is not about Obama, Democrats, or republican beliefs. This is about government spending that has been out of hand for the last thirty years, and they say they have had enough of it.

On April 15th, at the establishment known as Chiefs Wings and Firewater in Greenville South Carolina, a pre tea party is planned. They are giving away less pork sliders, Obama burgers where you will have to pay for and give half away, and free tea for everyone.  There also will be fun and games for everyone to enjoy like the Uncle Sam dunk tank and the tea bag toss.  This is an event known as a “getting to know” you sort of thing where neighbors from all walks of life or political affiliation can come together….

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SFGate: Some get the tea, others get the bag

**WARNING: Thougtful analysis ahead**

In December 1773, Bostonians held a Tea Party in Boston Harbor to protest excessive British taxes. “No taxation without representation” was their message. On Wednesday, April 15, Americans will hold rallies across the country to protest onerous taxes. Organizers have a motto for their Tea Day – “taxed enough already.”

Big problem: There is a world of difference between 1773 and 2009. Two hundred-plus years ago, Americans risked life and limb protesting a distant and oligarchic system of government that…

Read the rest at SFGate.com