Not a fan of King’s, but I do admire holding a grudge against assholes. Via.
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:
As Jim DeMint takes off for his new Very Important Job at the Heritage Foundation, in swoops Tim Scott, the tea bagger who South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley hand-picked to replace him.
Think Progress supplied us with his resumé, and what a resumé it is! Can’t get much more right wingy than this:
But see, it’s all good because, see, he’s (whispering) black, so that will confirm to the entire world how inclusive the GOP is, see. And by inclusive, I mean they’re union busters who believe children are moochers because they want to eat.
Actually, it is a positive to have first black senator from the South since the late 19th century. But unfortunately, his skin color doesn’t compensate for or have much bearing on his record.
Scott the Conservative makes his grand entrance into the U.S. Senate as Dems bite their nails over an impending battle to replace departing Senator John Kerry who will likely be our next Secretary of State. Scott Brown is swooning at the very thought, and that would make the tea party even giddier.*
Good times, good times.
Details of Scott’s record are at TP, these were just the bare bones.
President Obama is likely to pick Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the next secretary of state but the New York Times reports that the announcement will be delayed, at least until later this week and maybe beyond, because of the Connecticut school shooting and what one official called ‘some discomfort’ with the idea of Mr. Obama’s announcing a national security team in which the top posts are almost exclusively held by white men.”
And per The Hill, Michael Dukakis (D) “may be headed back to the political spotlight as he’s considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).”
The Armey of Dick is marching away from FreedomWorks for a mere $8 million. People power!
“Dick Armey agreed to quit freedom works in exchange for — $8 million. Holy grassroots, Batman! It was worth $8 million to FreedomWorks to make Dick Armey go away.”
“For Mr. Armey’s part he says that, really, his departure from FreedomWorks was just a matter of principle. That was the quote from him. “My differences with FreedomWorks are a matter of principle.” Which means on the $8 million check that you write to me, please put “principle” in the memo line. Because that’s why I’m leaving. Principle.”
“Why would anybody think the tea party movement is in disarray…”
“The right seems to be imploding since the election, which we expected. It turns out, though, that the unexpected thing is that the implosion will happen very, very slowly. Day by day by day with new acrimonious details dripping out in every news cycle.”
The Wall Street Journal site is subscription only, which means I can’t access the following article, so Taegan’s excerpt is all we get:
Wall Street Journal: “The tea-party movement is trying to regroup after taking some licks in this month’s elections. Several groups already are setting their sights on 2014 congressional races, in which they plan to promote their preferred candidates and hope to weed out Republicans they consider insufficiently conservative.“
“Many tea-party activists say they remain dumbfounded by the Nov. 6 defeat of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and favored GOP candidates for the Senate, and opinions are swirling over how the movement should push forward.”
First, what part of Election 2012 didn’t they understand? President Obama was handily elected, and the Democrats gained seats in the House and the Senate. In fact, had it not been for Republican gerrymandering, they would have done even better; Democratic candidates across the U.S. received more total votes than Republican candidates did.
More Americans voted to support the Democratic agenda, including being in favor of allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. “An increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Grover Norquist as a pest” and his majority in Congress is all but gone.
So of course, the tea party in all their wisdom wants to dump “insufficiently conservative” candidates in favor of what? More Allen Wests and Todd Akinseseses? What could possibly go wrong?
As for their dumbfounditude over Romney’s defeat, maybe if they’d taken their Fox blinders off for two seconds, they’d have seen what was really going on in real polls and less biased news, and what an abysmally poor candidate Mitt was.
Or do they not consider themselves any part of that 47% of America that their party disdains so much?
Knock yourselves out, tea baggers. Enjoy your bubble.
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