Breaking: teabaggers are whacko

Canada was represented at the Teabaggers Convention in Nashville on the weekend by the National Post’s Jonathan Kay, that’s right, Jonathan Kay, our very own, among the Teabaggers, right in the belly of the beast.  And according to an article he wrote about the experience for Newsweek — titled “Black Helicopters over Nashville” — he was less than impressed with what he saw there:

[…]  After I spent the weekend at the Tea Party National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., it has become clear to me that the movement is dominated by people whose vision of the government is conspiratorial and dangerously detached from reality. It’s more John Birch than John Adams.  […]

I consider myself a conservative and arrived at this conference as a paid-up, rank-and-file attendee, not one of the bemused New York Times types with a media pass. But I also happen to be writing a book for HarperCollins that focuses on 9/11 conspiracy theories, so I have a pretty good idea where the various screws and nuts can be found in the great toolbox of American political life.

Within a few hours in Nashville, I could tell that what I was hearing wasn’t just random rhetorical mortar fire being launched at Obama and his political allies: the salvos followed the established script of New World Order conspiracy theories, which have suffused the dubious right-wing fringes of American politics since the days of the John Birch Society.

A somewhat dismayed-sounding Kay goes on to describe the baggers’ bizarre beliefs and conspiracy theories and the extent to which their worldview is driven by such bad craziness — well, who would have seen it coming, that they’re more than just a bunch of concerned citizens worried about higher taxes? He ends on an apprehensive note:

That doesn’t say much for the state of the right in America. The tea partiers’ tricornered hat is supposed to be a symbol of patriotism and constitutional first principles. But when you take a closer look, all you find is a helmet made of tin foil.

Kay was clearly a little taken aback by the magnitude of feverish madness he encountered at the Teabaggers Bash, where conservatism is a lot more Farah than Frum.  Unfortunately the Brotherhood of the Bag mandates that the Frums (and likely the Kays) of the world are flaming liberals unworthy of the label “conservative” who need to be driven from their midst with pitchforks and torches.   As a Canadian conservative — the equivalent of an American Democrat — Kay can’t be blamed for feeling as if he’d entered some kind of weird and scary alternate reality.

UPDATE: Kay also wrote about this little shindig in the NatPo, where he observed:

The smug left-wing take on the Tea Party movement is that its members are nothing but shell-shocked racists. (In the words of Janeane Garofalo: “It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don’t know their history at all. It’s about hating a black man in the White House.”) I saw no evidence of that sort of bigotry in Nashville.

Apparently he missed Tom Tancredo pining for the days of “Literacy Tests” and the crowd enthusiastically cheering the idea.  Can’t be everywhere at once, I guess.

4 Responses to “Breaking: teabaggers are whacko”

  1. 1 Bleatmop Friday, February 12, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Apparently Kay’s corporate masters got to him and reminded him it was his job to do a positive spin on all things bigoted. That, or he’s got selective hearing, vision, and speech attending.

  2. 2 Reality.Bites Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I’m so confused, JJ. Usually if Jonathan Kay says you’re nuts it’s conclusive evidence you’re sane!

  3. 3 Torontonian Friday, February 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    There’s an old saying that people get the
    government they deserve. The teabaggers
    strengthen the validity of that saying.

  4. 4 Torybaiter Monday, February 15, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I enjoy reading NatPo where the journalists compete like fevered weasels each day in Steven Harper’s “Who Wants to be a Senator?” contest.

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