The party’s over

This has been coming for awhile, but the teabaggers have finally jumped the shark.  Proof?  Look no further than Ron Paul, arguably the godfather of the tea partying rEVOLution, who faces primary challenges from no less than three Republican teabaggers:

Paul, the Gulf Coast congressman whose 2008 presidential run excited libertarians nationwide, even though he didn’t get much traction overall, is considered by many to be the “father of the Tea Parties.” But he has three opponents in the March Republican primary – more than he has faced in his past six primary campaigns combined.

All three have ties to the anti-tax Tea Party movement. And while Paul remains the odds-on favorite to win re-election in his district, the crowded primary highlights the potential conflict between Tea Party activists and a GOP hoping to ride their wave to electoral success this fall.

“The Tea Parties have awakened a lot of everyday people here and across America,” said Tim Graney, one of Paul’s opponents. “And Ron Paul is worried about getting swept up in the anti-incumbent wave as if he is some exception.”

The union of Paul supporters and the most recent incarnation of Teabaggers has always been an uneasy marriage of convenience destined to crash and burn.   The original tea partiers are solidly libertarian, while Teabaggers V.2.0 is a motley assortment of religious nuts, fascists, racists, secessionists, and other far-right crackpots too weird to describe, who came together after the Kenyan Usurper and his minions took over the White House and congress.  After 8 delirious years of trashing the Constitution and looting the Treasury with impunity, the New Teabaggers took up the banner of limited government spending and upholding the Constitution, but are primarily united by their anger at being out of power.  While they talk the “freedom” talk, they’d be the first to kick the living shit out of civil liberties, as evidenced by their enthusiastic endorsement of the idea of bringing back “literacy tests” for voters.  They’re Sarah Palin’s constituency, not Ron Paul’s:  proudly ignorant ideological purists, racists and religio-fascists with the brains and primitive political savvy of hammerhead sharks.

Palin’s speech to the Teabaggers on Saturday was one of the signs that something was going seriously awry.  It was an ideological kaleidoscope that included platitudes of small-government, free market conservatism, but also neoconservatism, overt religiosity, and “greater good” concepts like democratization through military might, notions that are anathema to libertarians.  It was a speech cynically designed to corral that free-floating teabagger anger out of the “grassroots” and back to the establishment GOP in time for the midterm elections.

Now that Ron Paul, the originator of the tea party movement, might fall victim to the relentless pursuit of ideological purity, Teabaggers V.2.0 can at least stop pretending to be libertarians and be what they really are:  pissed off Republicans.

UPDATE: What Greenwald said.

16 Responses to “The party’s over”


  1. 1 burpster Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Here is a small display of teabaggers being teabaggers from last night. These comments were from a Sarah Palin poll. If full names are a problem, please feel free to delete.

    Richard Losco9:33 pm
    With black women you first have to get past the flies and then the smell of tuna before you do them…from what my black friends say !

    James Miller4:45 pm
    Obama is a fucking n****r racist Muslim loving piece of shit and his wife is a fucking gorilla straight out of the jungle

    Kitty Sylvia-kelley5:05 pm
    Oh so the word N****r does not bother you Samuel. What bus you drive? The one with all the Mexicans in it? You know so they can do your job and then you can rob them??

    Richard Losco5:25 pm
    Sammy, the way you talk, you make n*****s sound smart

    Eric Humenick5:33 pm
    Samuel Wright8:30 pm
    hey eric the virgin boy, you are so dnmb you only know how to fuck your hand

    do u have proof of this you welfare ghetto peice of nigerian shit

  2. 2 Alison Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    JJ honey, tea-baggers don’t jump the shark; it’s the sharks who jump tea-baggers

  3. 3 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Good morrow, all!
    I think I heard a rumor that a group of zombies attended the Teabaggers Convention, and found nothing to eat.
    The leader was heard to remark, “You don’t know from brain-dead!”
    Life is like a box of teabags – CTZen

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

    burpster – YEOOOWWWW! 😯 What website was that poll on? Holy moly 😯

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Alison – Oh shit, that’s right, I forgot 😛

  6. 6 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

    CTZen

    Life is like a box of teabags

    Unfortunately, with these people you pretty much know what you’re gonna get.

  7. 7 burpster Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

    That was just a small sample from a facebook poll about Sarah Palin. I keep a running log of the racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments from these fools.

    I actually posted the earlier comment to the group these cretins belong to. The result was insuls and goal post shifting and denial.

    <a href="If you have a facebook account

  8. 8 Phatbiker Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I wonder if the teabaggers will run as independents if they don’t get the nod from the GOP. It could really screw the GOP (more than the DEMS) if they did. If they formed their own party with Sarah at it’s head, that would make the next election very interesting (or scary).

  9. 9 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    burpster – Sorry but I had to *** out the n-words in your first post. I know it was just copy/pasted from somewhere else, but it was just about making me puke every time I opened this thread 😦 Hate 👿

    Man, you must have a strong stomach. Monitoring sites like that must be like watching orangutans jacking off in a zoo cage.

  10. 10 JJ Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Phatbiker – That’s what the GOP is worried about (see NY-23 special election: teabagger candidate splits vote on right, seat goes Dem for first time since civil war).

    Teabaggers are just Republicans pretending to be independents because it doesn’t match the teabagger narrative to identify with the party who fucked up the economy in the first place. And the anti-government stuff sounds pretty good when you really hate the people in charge: none of these idiots were threatening to Go Galt when Georgie was driving the economy straight into the ditch at 100mph and economists were screaming “Hit the binders!!!” (which was happening a good 2 or 3 years before the crash).

    The GOP knows they can’t win unless they co-opt the teabaggers. That’s why Palin’s speech on the weekend had so much of the “Democrats own this recession”-type rhetoric.

    God, she’s such a filthy disgusting liar.

  11. 11 kimchinam58 Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    ron Paul is a racist corporatist neoconfederate nutjob, not a real “libertarian”.

  12. 12 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Some thoughts, and you may disagree:
    Getting upset with the likes of Sarah Palin, or even arguing with her mentally-challenged followers, is like picking fights with ugly people. Their side has nothing to lose. They don’t get any smarter, but you wind up looking the fool.
    If the teabaggers really want to press home their point, all they have to do is withhold their taxes, in order to not support the agenda (as in, the Islamofascist-Marxist-Stalinist-Nazi-Hitlerian-social-engineering-anticapitalist-radical-anti-American agenda)of the Uppity Fresh Prince in the White House.
    That would get Washington’s attention.
    Then, the IRS (that running-dog sycophantic servant of the Uppity Fresh Prince) would come down on the teabaggers, and attempt to collect those outstanding taxes, with additional interest and penalties.
    The IRS would get the money they require. The teabaggers would get the martyrdom (they say) that they desire. Each side gets what each side wants, and everybody’s needs are served. Talk about a win-win!
    More to come…CTZen

  13. 13 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Good morrow, again!
    Some more thoughts, and what can I tell ya:
    Political and social conservatives have a simple purpose in life: the acquisition and retention of property. They see all things, including people, as forms of property. They see the purpose of government as the means by which the entitlement to property, its acquisition and retention, is enshrined to their benefit. The class division, to them, is quite clear: those who have property should have more rights, privileges, and political influence, than those who do not have as much, if any, property.
    Those with property are winners, those without are losers. Oh, and if you’re gonna be a winner, you better be white, male, Christian, and vote Republican. That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it…and it’s worked pretty good so far.
    Liberals are nothing more than losers who disagree with any of that. Period. Liberals are supposed to work for conservatives. Liberals rent. Liberals ride transit. Liberals who acquire property are supposed to become conservative. There is nothing more gay than not wanting more toys.
    Guess that’s why I tend to identify with women, gays, natives, latinos, immigrants of any description.
    Guess that makes me a loser. Somehow, that does not make me unhappy.
    He who dies with the most toys…still dies…CTZen

  14. 14 JJ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

    kimchinam58 – I agree, and generally speaking those reasons are why Ron Paul isn’t *my kind* of libertarian, although I usually find him interesting to listen to.

    That said, there are quite a few points I agree with him on, ie. the dumbass war on drugs, foreign policy etc.

  15. 15 JJ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

    CTZen – I’m pretty sure the teabaggers have already got Washington’s attention — Washington would be stupid not to pay attention to them, because they’re the future of the GOP.

    I have to admit I’m quite fascinated by the movement — it started off as an idea from a GOP lobbyist to stop health care reform and maintain the insurance companies’ ability to gouge the American public, but sort of evolved from there and took on a life of its own. The thing that amazes me most about it is their ability to ignore everything that happened before January 2009, and their malleability by people who are really nothing but empty vessels reciting pro-GOP bumper sticker slogans.

    I’m sure there are some genuinely sincere people in the movement, but I’m amazed at how they can live with such contradictions as the GOP voting against the stimulus bill, then talking on the record about how great it’s been for their state 😯

  16. 16 Cornelius T.Zen Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Good morrow, all!
    One of Jesus’ favorite words to describe the Pharisees of His day was “Hypocrites.” Oh. Wait. I keep forgetting. They have never read THAT part of the Bible — they only heard about it from somewhere else. Kinda like St. Paul never met The Son Of Man, but managed to co-opt the original Christian movement to his liking.
    Don’t hate the baggers – love the tea! – CTZen


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