Not that I have anything against very rude, often uneducated, well-armed conservatives loudly disrupting town hall meetings while adorning themselves with misspelled racist signage and three-cornered hats with tea bags hanging all over them, but come on, seriously? The tea party is planning a comeback?
Until last night, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that the Tea Party was on the wane. Congressional leaders of the nascent movement, like Allen West and Joe Walsh had lost reelection, or, like Jim DeMint, had decided to leave politics altogether. House Speaker John Boehner had stripped some of the more outspoken members of the Tea Party caucus of their congressional leadership posts, a sign that the GOP establishment was no longer going to be led by its ultra-conservative tail. The big money groups backing the Tea Party were falling apart in a spate of post-election season squabbling.
However… there’s always a however…
… the tea baggers (they coined that word themselves, by the way) are a little peeved about Congress voting to allow a teeny tiny percentage of the Bush tax cuts to expire, so out come the Don’t Tread on Me flags.
“Outrageous,” said Matt Kibbe, president of Freedom Works, “is an understatement. This bill is an epic fail.”
Where’s Dick Armey when you need him? Oh yeah. Depositing his $8 million.
In Ohio, Cincinnati Tea Party president George Brunemann said he looked forward to “having a conversation” with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who voted in favor of the measure.
“I think you will see more challenges [in 2014],” he said. “I am deeply concerned. We always knew that we had some people who were willing to go to the dark side of the force. We now need to show that the Tea Party movement isn’t dead.”
Chad Connelly, the chairman of the South Carolina GOP:
“If you think 2010 was the Tea Party Congress, just wait until 2014. You will see people even more angry and up in arms. I don’t think we have seen nothing yet.”
“I don’t think we have seen nothing yet”? Grammar aside, Chad’s mistaken, we’ve seen it all. We just don’t want to see it all again:
Hey, remember when Sarah Palin accused President Obama of “pallin’ around with terrorists”? Me too!
So what exactly is Paul Ryan doing?
But seriously, what’s really disturbing is who these people at the Values Voter Summit really are and what they’re peddling. Watch the video and then tell me why Romney and Ryan think pallin’ around with these dangerous “right wing conspiracy theorist wing nuts” could be “their way to the White House.” Because they clearly believe that this is…
Meet Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill’s November challenger:
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was running third in the three-way primary up until fairly recently, but McCaskill started running ads intended to boost the right-wing congressman with the GOP base in advance of his Senate primary. As the dust settled last night, the scheme worked surprisingly well: Akin won a surprise victory [...]
This is not to say McCaskill is suddenly a shoo-in for re-election. Sure, Akin may be a right-wing buffoon, but as recent election cycles helped demonstrate, that’s not necessarily a disqualifying characteristic among candidates seeking statewide office in the 21st century.
But McCaskill’s odds of re-election look a lot better now than they did 24 hours ago.
Here’s another reason her chances should look a lot better, via The Hill:
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) voted against the creation of a national sex offender registry and against reauthorizing a program that assists runaway and homeless children. [...]
Akin was one of 52 congressmen to vote in 2005 against the creation of a national sex offender registry database that required those convicted of a sex crime to register before completing a prison term and increased mandatory sentences for those convicted of molesting children.
In 2003, he was one of 14 to vote against the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program and the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, which provided $105 million in 2004 for housing, outreach and other programs aimed at assisting runaway and homeless children and also authorized $20 million annually through 2008 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
His reason for the votes? They cost too much and put unfunded mandates on the states. Better to go easier on sex offenders and harder on homeless kids.
Here Todday, gone tomorrow.
Via Towleroad, where there’s more.
The testimony by this loon at this week’s hearings regarding a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Nebraska can only be topped by the hilarious (and appropriate) reaction from the guy behind her.
No, I take that back. The insane, anti-gay wingnut wins.
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