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“”The Republican Party are very very right wing, and the Tea Party are mad.
|—Ian Hislop, Have I Got News For You, 28th October 2010|
The Tea Party movement is many things to many people: 1) a reactionary/far-right socio-political movement within the United States. 2) A loosely-organized, and even more loosely-defined, group of cranky old white people who feel disenfranchised in this age of globalization. 3) A phenomenon of corporate astroturfing, sponsored primarily by Koch Industries and Fox News.
It launched in February 2009 for the purpose of organizing a nation-wide protest on April 15th, 2009—the day income tax forms were due in the United States. On this day,
millions hundreds of people gathered at various locations around the country to throw teabags into some handy bodies of water. These demonstrations took place everywhere from Kentucky to California, but were thwarted in Washington, D.C. because they didn’t have a permit to dump a million tea bags into the sea (way to organize, guys!). The protests energized the conservative base like nothing seen since the Goldwater revolution of the late sixties. (Imagine an elderly mind that has been addled by a 6-pack of beer a night and watching Fox News for over a decade.) The rest of the world shook their heads and lamented the U.S.'s imminent departure from the global arena.
Since that time, every piece of Teabagger legislation has been shut down in the Senate (even if it passed with Republican support) or vetoed by the President, that legislation being: huge tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, huge tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, huge tax cuts.
The teabagging movement represents a great achievement of the corporate propaganda system. Using people's anger towards the system and their deep-rooted racism to get them to actively root against their own self-interest is simply a milestone. At first, this "organization" consisted of little more than a dollar bill being yanked on a short string. Over time, it grew beyond the GOP's ability to rein in its members, to the point where they led a successful coup on the House Speaker. The Kochs needed foot soldiers to help build their Libertarian utopia, but what they got was an authoritarian-theocratic clusterfuck. (It's darkly comical because they already had a Libertarian utopia, but it wasn't enough.)
As the name indicates, this self-inflicted gunshot wound is founded on a misinterpretation of the Boston Tea Party. They adopted the lame slogan "Taxed Enough Already" as a backronym for "tea." The term has been used here and there for generations; most recently, Ron Paul held a couple rallies against taxes they called Tea Parties, and a group in NY held rallies against anti-obesity laws that used the same name.
The origins of these Tea Partiers depends on who you ask. Right-wingers insist that this movement is a totally organic, grassroots effort that sprang up overnight as a reaction to
taxes Chinese debt Obama progressives health care reform big government illegal immigration gun control the War on Christmas George Soros the FCC Al Gore SJWs Public libraries Canada? taxes, presumably with representation. Everyone else realizes this is a media stunt orchestrated by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Roger Ailes, etc. Ironically, the Tea Party was actually launched on CNBC, not Fox News, by Rick Santelli). The first use of the Tea Party iconography started in 2007 during Ron Paul's presidential campaign. However, the Tea Parties were limited to Paul die-hards and never gained mainstream traction until Santelli dredged the idea back up on CNBC in 2009. It didn't take long for the astroturf machine to move in after that.
In the aftermath of elections lost by Tea Party-backed Republicans in several districts and states, and especially after the government shutdown of 2013, which was widely blamed on tea party politicians like Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator from Texas, many commentators speculated that the establishment wing of the Republican party was beginning to realize that the tea party was hurting them at least as much as it was helping them. Tea partiers denied these accusations and insisted that they will remain a force to be reckoned with.
There were 1.7 million 'baggers at a protest in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2009 according to Glenn Beck. Not 60-75 thousand as estimated by the DC Park Policiffers. There were apparently follow-up protests on the 4th of July, 2009; however, they received little media coverage, and only one place cared. They did, however, hold a larger protest in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2009 with attendance of about 70,000, comparable to other major D.C. protests.
 Not a joke
“”Rand Paul and Sharon Angle and Pat Toomey. Political monsters that make the Reagan-Thatcher axis of the 1980s — the politics so bad that they formed the dystopic vision of cyberpunk in the minds of artists look like cuddly kittens. Far-right wing Republicans of the 1980s are now ostracized from the party as excessively moderate, downright liberal. This is a death god too...The only possible salvation is this — that the eschaton moves so quickly now that by Wednesday they will already be out of power.
|—Dr. Phil Sandifer|
The group had mixed success in the 2010 midterm elections; they kicked out most of the Blue Dog Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, and were credited with some impressive Republican gains, but also caused the Republicans a few losses. For example, Sharron Angle, who, with Tea Party support, knocked out a more viable candidate in the Nevada Republican primary but then lost the election to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whereas the more viable Republican candidate might have toppled the Tea Party's public enemy. Christine O'Donnell is another sorry case.
The Tea Party continued piling up wins in 2014 (probably because no one is proposing unchecked immigration and they are attacking a strawman), ousting Majority Leader Eric Cantor and shaking the very foundations of the GOP. It's thanks to them that the GOP now controls the House. No longer merely "useful idiots", the Tea Party looks to be the future of the Republican party. The 2016 GOP primary is even more of a circus now than it was before. You've got Scott Walker talking about building a wall across the Canadian border, Carson discussing the possibility of using drones to bomb caves in Mexico, and Bush trying to out-trump Trump with mentions of the scourge of Asian birth tourism. Not to mention Cruz, Huckabee and Paul all coming out in favor of bigoted nut Kim Davis.
Tea party groups continue to threaten to "primary" (i.e., support primary challengers against) incumbent Republican candidates running for re-election whom they perceive as being too moderate.
 Make it stop
A conservative distaste for alternative fuels. A wingnutty passion for "living off the grid". What happens when these two sides collide? You guessed it: the Tea Party has issued challenges to utility monopolies in Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, and other places that unfairly tax rooftop solar panels. It's reasonable for there to be a fee for being disconnected from the grid; you pay an extra fraction of a cent per kWh that goes to making sure everyone else has power. What shouldn't happen is users being penalized for having solar via service fees that can exceed a normal power bill, like those Arizona power companies that wanted a $50-$100 minimum charge for using solar panels. What's appearing here is a schism between the Tea Party puppet-masters (Big Oil) and the on-the-ground activists, who have clearly stopped following directions.
Tea Baggers can't even be relied upon to support Israel anymore. The prevailing attitude amongst the base is that America should kick out the foreigners, run back to gold, pull up the drawbridge, and mind its own business (a return to paleoconservatism, basically). Tea Party lawmakers, on the other hand, are leaning towards making an exception for Israel, thanks to the influence of Jewish fundraisers such as Sheldon Adelson. Both Ron and Rand Paul were criticized and labeled anti-Semitic for proposing cuts to foreign aid. Ex-governors Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, both darlings of Tea Party, are carefully toeing the neo-con line, and even Trump refuses to touch the third rail. Still, there's an underlying resentment at foreign aid which won't go away so easily, and might bear fruit if the isolationist wing has its way.
“”But they are nothing new, nothing new at all. They are mostly a bunch of cranky white men with money who are trying desperately to hang on to their privileges. Same as it ever was. They are what we have called 'Republicans' for at least the last 30 years.
The Tea Party is fundamentally a Republican movement of people who think they're Libertarians. 76% identify or lean towards the Republican party (although much of the establishment Republicans find them annoying). More than $850,000 of the money the supposedly grassroots political action committee collected went to the firm of GOP political operatives who ran it.
 It's about taxes and spending, really!
Libertarians (as well as most everyone else) don't buy this line. A number of polls have shown considerable overlap between the Tea Party and the religious right (though you didn't really need polls to tell you that considering some of their favorite candidates).
- A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that almost half of Teabaggers openly identify as part of the "religious right", a majority favored declaring abortion illegal, and less than one in five are in favor of legalizing gay marriage.
- A Pew poll found similar results, in addition to finding a majority in favor of securing the border and Second Amendment rights.
- A University of Washington poll found that a majority of Teabaggers thought gays and lesbians had "too much political power" and that immigration was "changing the country for the worse."
- According to a CBS poll, Teabaggers are more likely to be birthers.
The Tea Party movement is highly diverse! Stormfront has talked of infiltrating the Tea Party. The white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens also has connections to it, as do similar groups.
Racism is by no means universal in the Tea Party: some groups have expelled racist members. The NAACP called on the Tea Party to repudiate the racists within the movement but there are complaints that not enough has been done. Still by no means are all members racist; there is even at least one token African American representative. Birthers represent 35% of committed Tea Party supporters, and the same proportion of conservative Republicans agree.
 Conspiracy Theorists
The Tea Party has attracted many conspiracy theorists to its cause. Anyone who spends time on an active Tea Party forum will see a number of conspiracy-related threads pop up. More common conspiracies include:
- The belief that Obama is deliberately trying to destroy America, or trying to create a socialist/communist totalitarian government.
- The belief that Obama's presidency is part of a plot to institute the New World Order - often referring to George Soros or the UN.
- And, of course, Birtherism
An eagle-eyed viewer may also find:
 Split with Libertarians
Though the movement claims to be libertarian, many libertarians have come out against the movement and its prominent figures. A Libertarian Party poll has also shown that Libertarians see the Teabaggers as too "Republican-flavored." Some of their possible "problems" with the Tea Party could be:
- The Teabaggers' reactionary social policies and support for immigration law.
- The Teabaggers' "national security" policies - which are "un-libertarian".
- Glenn Beck's previous entanglement with a Libertarian candidate.
- The Teabaggers turn a blind eye to legislation that curtails the rights of others.
- The Teabaggers cheer every time food stamps and other social support programs are cut but have nary a word to say about other, possibly more significant kinds of government spending like agricultural/oil subsidies, unchecked military expenditure and the idiotic, unwinnable War on Drugs.
- The Teabaggers think even the most reasonable kinds of regulation/taxation are a violation of our civil liberties, but think it's okay for the government to dictate what we can put in our bodies, which consenting adults we can have sex with and what women can take out of their bodies.
In short, it's a global trend occurring as a result of economic instability and the death toll of the pre-information industrial sector. They aren't exactly socially liberal, since they're willing to exclude non-whites and women in society. We don't know exactly how this will play out in the coming years since this is a contemporary phenomenon mirrored around the world.
|— Jamie Radtke , Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation|
“”And so we have a Republican primary that is being conducted like a reality TV series. Most people believe the "challenge" here is a charade, a race to replace a Wall Street puppet king (Tut was a puppet-king, too) who plays golf and shrugs off the abuse from Fox News and the mythical Tea Party, while the GOP leadership wields the true lobbyist-fueled power.
|—Christopher Loring Knowles|
The Tea Party has been astroturfing from minute one. It's the best-coordinated viral marketing campaign in history, and the fact that anyone actually believes it was ever grassroots is a testament to just how well-executed it was.
The two main 'Bagger astroturf groups are FreedomWorks headed by Dick Armey and Americans for Prosperity. Both were spun off from the Koch-bankrolled Citizens for a Sound Economy. The Kochs denied any connection to the Tea Parties. A few months after that statement, a video leaked of Teabag state chapter leaders reporting directly to David Koch himself at the Americans for Prosperity mothership. (But they're grassroots, honest!)
At the First Teabagging Convention, Mark Scoda, a Memphis businessman, announced the creation of Ensuring Liberty Corporation, a Memphis based company with a political action group that would fund "Tea Party candidates" - that is, politicians supportive of the tea party movement which he described as: "Less government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, states['] rights, and national security." It will be accepting corporate donations.
The Tea Party has merely become another patsy for the insurance industry's war on health care reform. The "Tea Party Caucus" received donations of $2.7 million from the health care sector, which also contributed towards a $25 million "war chest" to be used by the Tea Party to fight the elections. One insurer has gone so far as to urge employees to attend anti-healthcare Tea Party rallies.
By the end of 2009, various groups had formed claiming to be the leaders of the tea-party movement, including the Tea Party Patriots and the Tea Party Nation. On February 4-6, 2010 the Tea Party Nation hosted the first ever national convention in Nashville, Tennessee with guest speaker Sarah Palin. The convention was attacked by teabaggers for being distant from the supposedly grassroots movement, with tickets costing $549.
The largest tea party organizations by size are:
- Tea Party Patriots
- Tea Party Nation
- FreedomWorks Tea Party
- 1776 Tea Party
Though the news has been generally critical of their intentions, they love the Tea Party's insult-comic shtick, their lack of political correctness, and (most importantly) the ratings their antics bring. This crowd can hardly walk without a rascal scooter; their chances of waging a successful insurgency are zero. But the Party is influential enough to catapult its members into the federal government. And the free airtime probably contributed to that at the end of the day.
The "9/12" protests on the September 12, 2009 were the culmination of a six-month campaign by Fox News host Glenn Beck. The 9/12 Project gets its name from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC, on September 11, 2001. Apparently Beck decided that the way to commemorate the 8th anniversary of this event was to hold a large anti-government rally in one of the cities where it occurred, something he had failed to do on the previous seven anniversaries whilst George W Bush was president. His rationale was that the protest was going to take Americans back to how they felt the day after the terrorist attacks - united behind a Republican president. He then devised 9 principles and 12 values he wanted everyone to adhere to. When the protest finally occurred it was given all-day coverage on Fox News, with Glenn Beck hosting a special show from the protest. Despite some claims of a seven-figure turnout, the heavily astroturfed tea party protest attracted 70,000 to 100,000 people.
The aftermath of the protest became a comedy of its own. Fox News began running full-page ads in newspapers that read "How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?" The other news organisations all pointed out that they had given coverage to the protest during their news bulletins. Fox countered by saying they were missing the story behind the protest; however the story behind the protest is that Fox News astroturfed the protest - including having news producers directing and rallying the crowd.
Never one to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh suggested protesting the media itself for not covering this "growing movement". This began WorldNetDaily's attempted astroturf campaign to protest "Obama's Minion Media", with the help of the supposedly grassroots, supposed organisation Operation: can you hear us now? - whose website seems not to exist. The extremely lackluster event gathered less than a few thousand people in more than 100 locations, making for underwhelming protests that were justifiably ignored by the media. As with the July 4th protests, unless the tea parties have extensive coverage from major media outlets, such as Fox News, beforehand, they tend to attract very small crowds.
In October 2009, Republicans in the House of Representatives wanted to pass a resolution to commemorate the "hundreds of thousands of American patriots" who "came to Washington, DC, to show their disapproval." Remember, these protests are not organised by the Republicans, they are entirely organic, and the protesters oppose government waste—which should presumably include passing unnecessary resolutions.
“”They don't read the Fortune 500 and put together an analysis of what's really going on in the world, all they've had rammed into their heads is , 'The federal government's your enemy.' You tell them to go read declassified National Security Council documents, or to look at things in the business press that would really mean something to them – I mean, a lot of people don't even read. We should bear in mind how illiterate the society's become.
|—Noam Chomsky on the seeds of the Tea Party movement (in 1994)|
The problems with these teabagging protests are many, but boil down to rich right-wingers taking advantage of uninformed working stiffs. Generally, these protests suffer at least one of these flaws:
- The Obama administration had issued no new taxes at all, before the date of the protest. Any complaint about the tax policy at the time should be directed at the Bush administration, whose taxes were still in effect. Even after the Obama administration changed the tax laws for the following year, 95% of people will get a tax cut, not an increase. No reports exist saying whether the protests consisted entirely of the 5% who would pay (slightly) more taxes. Furthermore, though the Teabaggers frequently protest the 2009 stimulus package, tax cuts encompassed 37% of the stimulus.
- The original Tea Party was to protest taxation without representation. The US currently has taxation with representation, unless Obama plans to suspend free elections (spoiler alert: he doesn’t). Thus, using tea is an inappropriate, idiotic idea that accomplishes nothing except pointing out which people are not clever enough to research what they are protesting about. Oh, and giving some fish a brief caffeine and tannin high. And creating a temporary windfall in sales of tea bags.
- Also, and more amusingly, the original Tea party was a protest over the tea tariff being cut — but only for the British East India Company, giving them a virtual monopoly due to lower pricing over the wealthy merchants and smugglers who were being undercut (and who were the "protesters").
- Promoted as a "giant" protest, with "over 500" local events, it is utterly dwarfed by the "protest heard 'round the world" against the start of the Iraq War, which earned George W. Bush the ignominious title of having the largest number of people ever in history to protest against him.
- Many who consider themselves to be part of the Tea Party worship the Republican Party and/or people like Glenn Beck. Others (wanting to appear "independent") claim to not agree with such organizations or people, yet espouse much of the same crackpot rhetoric. They think that listening to paranoid blowhard Alex Jones and reading infowars makes them savvy.
 Insert teabagging jokes here
- Protestors were "full throated" and wanted to give Obama "tongue lashings". Oh yeah, that's dirty baby.
- A Fox News fan wrote in saying he would hang tea bags from his rear-view mirror and antennae (to "support the cause") because he couldn't make it to the actual protests and Gretchen Carlson piped in saying, "You could hang it from your mirror too like fuzzy dice."
- "The Democrats are a donkey, Republicans are an elephant, and the Tea Party is a bug up the elephant's ass." - Stephen Colbert on the fiscal cliff
- "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging"
- "(I)f you are planning simultaneous tea bagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey."
- "Teabaggers suck balls."
 Coffee Party
The Coffee Party is a liberal answer to the Tea Party movement. They are a movement whose goal is to get cooperation in government and to remove corporate influence from politics. As with the Tea Party they claim a grassroots origin.
A "national day of meetings" was held on 13 March 2010 at 350 coffee shops across the US & abroad. Though mostly in the greater San Francisco area. Presumably.
 Not-so-useful idiots
- Todd Akin: Self-destructed, thankfully. These aging baby boomers are hilariously tone-deaf.
- Sharron Angle: Rape victims should turn lemons into lemonade and give birth! Despite Bashing 'Obamacare,' Angle and her husband receive government health care.
Penis Navy Wiener Air Force Cock Marines Vagina Coast GuardDick Armey: Wait, a man who's actual name is Dick Armey gave a sexual connotation to a fellow politician's name? Split with the FreedomWorks lobbying group over matters of principle, uh huh. (He managed to pocket $8,000,000 before quitting over minor details, like fraud.) This is just standard procedure for the elitist class: CEOs frequently drive companies into the ground and receive very handsome payouts for their failure. We preferred the direction he was taking the Tea Party: Wasting money on losing elections.
- Joe Arpaio: Never met a Neo-Confederate he didn't like. How this guy keeps getting re-elected is a reflection of the intelligence in the Sun City area. (We have dozens of golf courses in a desert, so why do we have a drought?)
- Rob Astorino[wp]: Andrew Cuomo may be hated in upstate NY, but they hate this guy even more. He was elected by an apathetic electorate and didn't deserve the state governorship. "Soup is good!" he said, with a giggle, when asked how Medicaid recipients would chew food if dental services are no longer covered.
- Michele Bachmann: Bachmann (and some of her Tea Party cronies) accused an aide of Hillary Clinton of being a Muslim brotherhood agent sent to infiltrate the highest levels of Washington. In response, John McCain proved he has a bit of a spine and took to the senate floor to denounce this evil shrew.
- Adam Baldwin: Jayne Cobb from Firefly. He is responsible for "Gamergate", along with a few wackadoodle conspiracy theories surrounding Obama.
- Joe Barton: Once warned America that wind is a finite resource. He's worried that building windmills would keep wind from moving cool air to hot places, exacerbating climate change. Yes, that's right. Environmentalists are causing global warming, not the oil industry. (Besides, brimstone has a much higher carbon footprint!) Apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward over White House's "$20 billion shakedown". You can laugh at the idiot, but the real problem is that around 50% of Americans would agree with him; and an even higher percentage in Texas.
- Glenn Beck: We Surround Them!
- Matt Bevin[wp]: Opposed renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, on the dizzy grounds that it was “unconstitutional” to include spics, Native Americans, and lesbos in the bill. Wants to legalize cock-fighting.
Too crazy even for Kentucky; McConnell kept his seat.Now sitting governor of Kentucky.
- David Brat[wp]: College professor who spanked the well-financed incumbent, Eric Cantor, in the 2014 Congressional race. It's really not that impressive; Brat is another bought-and-paid-for shill for the Koch brothers. Says "rich" nations don't have to fear climate change (??).
- Andrew Breitbart (1969 – 2012): Prime publisher and amplifier of James O'Keefe. Helped launch the Tea Party, slimed ACORN, got Shirley Sharrod fired, and exposed Wiener. (Erm...) Very sad. I wasn't aware that you could actually die from being full of shit.
- Jan Brewer: Believes that life begins at menstruation. Signed legislation permitting employers to interrogate female employees about contraception use. Vetoed an anti-gay bill, but only because signing it would be political suicide. The bill was basically segregation. Retired from politics at last in 2015. (She could have challenged the term limit but it would have been a long shot at best.) Some conjecture that Brewer will probably run for
MummyMcCain's senate seat. Scary and possible.
- Paul Broun[wp]: Evolution and Big Bang Are “lies straight from the pit of Hell!” Broun served on the House Science Committee with Todd Akin, naturally.
- Sam Brownback: Ran on a Tea Party platform in Kansas, beat the previous Republican governor in the primary, and promptly bankrupted the state. A total unmitigated disaster who can barely govern due to how poor the state is. Lowest approval rating in the country from what I understand. Reelected in 2014. (Kansas.)
- Eric Cantor: The party purity thing is crazy. Cantor agreed with them 95% of the time and had the power to get things through. Now you have to agree with them 99% of the time, or kiss your College Boy ass good-bye. It's just an echo chamber.
- Ben Carson: "Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery..." How about shut up.
- Liz Cheney[wp]: Carpetbagger from Virginia who offered zilch to the residents of Wyoming, besides her father’s connections of course. Disowned her sister for having a functioning sense of empathy. Was shown the door in 2014. Don't worry, there is other evil that she can attend to. (Hopefully she will go hunting with her dad.)
- Doreen Costa[wp]: "Just cut Food Stamps. Most people on welfare are addicts anyway, lol."
- Ted Cruz: "I'm not saying that Bohener is infested with alien brain mites, but I'm just saying that I'd want to know if he was."
- Ken Cuccinelli[wp]: A vote for Ken Cuccinelli is a vote for keeping sexual predators off the streets—including married couples. (Virginia: No Longer For Lovers™) Not even close to constitutional since Lawrence v. Texas. He isn't just anti-sodomy, he was fine with knowingly passing a law knowingly in violation of a SCOTUS decision. (Similar to when idiots pass laws against videogames.) That's not his money. That's taxpayer money. He wins on multiple fronts: He can point to the law and say "see what I did?" He can also point at the judges who overturn it and shout "judicial activism, see!" And last but not least, he can, when cases like this one drain money from the government and social programs have to be cut, he can point and say "See, big government doesn't work! It can't balance its budget!" And endorsed by both Pauls, of course. A Paulbot to the end, Ken polled at an impressive 7%.
- Jim DeMint[wp]: Tea Party kingmaker. Has a simple goal for the US Senate: "Complete gridlock."
- Joni Ernst: Unlike most people on the dole, Sen. Joni Ernst just learned to "live within her means" — on the taxpayer's dime, of course. Thinks the Haves should be able to pick and choose which Have-nots get the crumbs—It's hard to show charity when your church brainwashes you into lacking empathy. Sick of this automaton? (And the "I'd like to speak to the manager" haircut to go along with it?) Blame the Dems for propping up a turd sandwich as a candidate and not highlighting any of the recent good things they have done for the country.
- Michelle Fiore[wp]: Bundy cheerleader from Nevada. Owed IRS approximately $1 Million; no wonder she wants to kick the federales out. Her political platform appears to be "I HAVE BIG BREASTS AND LOTS OF GUNS". It's as if a video game character somehow reverse-TRON'ed into our world.
- Carly Fiorina[wp]: Her shitty parenting killed her step-daughter, not marijuana. What sort of harpy uses the death of a family member for political gain? Attributes her litany of failures to sexism.
- Newt Gingrich: The spiritual father of the movement.
- Louie Gohmert: King Louie is simply too gorgeous and outsized a figure to sum up in one sentence.
- Nikki Haley: We knew she was in for trouble when she said that the problems in the government aren't all the Democrats' fault.
- Valarie Hodges: "Ack! When I voted to funnel state funds to religious schools, I didn’t mean Muslim ones!" - Rep. Valarie Hodges (R)
- E. W. Jackson: You have to wonder about a guy who keeps trying to criminalize oral sex. Believes that practicing yoga allows Satan into your heart.
- Victoria Jackson: She's giving off some serious Ali G vibes. But there's no indication that she's taking the piss.
- Ron Johnson: This is the guy Wisconsin voted in over Russ Feingold? Feingold gave WI a voice in national politics. He was well-loved, he fought for his constituents, and actually did his homework instead of parroting GOP talking points (see: the PATRIOT Act). Then the state decided "to hell with having a voice or any influence, let's vote in this rich businessman who bought his way into the seat!" He's not even a good businessman, anyway, most of his money comes from his wife's family. He is useless.
- John Kasich[wp]: Kasich is with the Tea Party, too, but still more palatable. He's like the "Gingrich Revolution" type of Tea-Partier.
- Alan Keyes: I disowned my daughter for being gay, why shouldn't everyone else?!
- Kris Kobach[wp]: Current SoS in Kansas and leader of the
immigrants are stealing our votes!voter ID push in the U.S. Likely committed actual election fraud in the last election and then stonewalled any investigation into the actual tampering of our elections after harping about how sacred voting is. If Brownback is a bag of dicks, Kobach is a pallet full of bags of dicks.
- Paul LePage: Pledged to veto every Democratic-sponsored bill until they agree to kill the income tax. Warned of black mobs invading from New York (and Connecticut!) with the intention of knocking up our white women. Keeps comparing the IRS to Nazi Germany. Ordered the removal of a mural depicting the state's labor history, because it's too "one-sided" in favor of employees. Wants to repeal the ACA, rewrite the ACA 99.99% the same, but name it "Republicans for Economical Medicine" and call it a victory. Somebody stop him.
- Mike Lee: We're confused. We thought Tea Partiers were mad at the "squishes" because they always promise to achieve conservative goals and fail. But in this case (the debt ceiling and repealing Obamacare), Cruz and Mike Lee did fail, they just failed harder and louder than the "RINOs". Is this what passes for success in wingnut circles these days?
- Mark Levin: The poor man's Michael Savage. (And brother, that's a poor man to be.) Considers anyone to the left of the Neo-Confederacy a "centrist". Fox News is too liberal for him. Burps up right-wing talking points like a broken AM radio.
- Robert Morrow: GOP Chair in Austin. Robert Morrow's twitter is the stuff of legends. Terrible legends.
- Grover Norquist: Grover, sensing a chance to weed out unfaithful conservatives, jumped on the bandwagon early. But Tea Partiers weren't fooled: These people know a crypto-Muslim when they see one! (And the Tea Party has officially outdone the John Birch Society.)
- Chuck Norris: He has even threatened to run for president himself. Not of the United States – of Texas, if it decides to secede and again become a separate republic.
- Ted Nugent: Tea Party "deputy" and stiff contender for the worst human being on the planet. Operates under the impression that the United States lost World War II. Nothing Ted Nugent says is worth a puddle of warm spit.
- Christine O'Donnell: Coached to act like a poor, victimized little woman to garner sympathy and votes from people as brainless as her. If only she spent as much time on elocution lessons. (What the heck is "lock, step and barrel", anyway?)
- Sarah Palin: If you want to understand the Tea Party, consider this. From their point of view, the only redeeming thing about McCain '08 was Sarah Palin. (But Palin was the main reason you're stuck with a "lying communist".)
- Carl Paladino: Another colorful (and failed) Teabagger from New York. Owns a rent-a-car business in Buffalo, affixed birther bumper sticker to all of the cars.
- Rand Paul: Tried to bridge the gap between the 'baggers and libertarians. He showed his true colors by siding against the Freedom Caucus. (Being anti-war and soft on drugs didn't help him, either.) He was flushed by the Party in late 2015—meaning his Presidential campaign was a non-starter. Ron Paul might be their man, but Trump is their leader.
- Rick Perry: Too smart for the Tea Party, ouch. When Rick Perry is trying to talk you down from the ledge, something has gone seriously wrong somewhere.
- Katrina Pierson[wp]: A PR flak of genius. When challenged over wearing a gold necklace made of bullets, she boasted, "Maybe I’ll wear a fetus necklace!" Has called for a "pure-breed" President.
- Marco Rubio[wp]: Hails from the Tea Party movement, but Trump and Carson took that grassroots support away. Wouldn't mind going to war with Iran and Cuba and maybe even Russia, too?
- Mark Sanford: Once offered the unemployed only "prayer". Now he's begging for a job.
- Ben Shapiro: The Colbert Report is worse than blackface!
- Donald Trump: Co-opted the more volatile nativist elements in the party. With their help, Donald became the frontrunner of the 2016 GOP campaign for President.
- Maureen Tucker: Another Tea Party "celebrity".
- Jon Voight: Flipped his lid a long time ago. As long as he's coherent, Fox will continue to trot him out to rallies and feed him pre-digested slogans.
- Scott Walker:
The incomparable voice behind the classic Sixties hit for The Walker Brothers, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"Has a round bald spot which he attributes to hitting his head on an open cabinet. Compared striking workers to ISIS (!) This has got to be one of the worst Presidential campaigns ever. (He's pretty much the Rick Perry of the 2016 cycle.)
- Allen West: Faux outrage with a random talking point thrown out for good measure.
- Meg Whitman[wp]: Goldman Sachs executive. Like Trump, Whitman was a billionaire who wanted to buy an office and spent something like $117 mil of her own money. (Why would anyone spend that much for a job that pays $206,500 unless there was some kind of corruption planned?) For anyone who wasn't paying attention to California politics, she lost a race for Governor in which she managed to accidentally endorse her opponent. Arguably one for the record books. Bonus: Whitman also shares a link with Jeb! - her campaign was run by Mike Murphy, who also ran Jeb's PAC, Right to Rise. He's very good at spending lots of money for minimal returns.
 See also
- UKIP: The Tea Party has begun to spread to other continents, like herpes.
- Rally to Restore Sanity
- Tea Party Organizers
- New Right
- Tea Party Nation
- Tea Party Patriots
- The Tea Party Express
- Wikipedia's list of Tea Party protests, 2009
- Wikipedia's list of Tea Party protests, 2010
- A blog about the Tea Party attitude to science
- Chappelle's Show was ahead of its time.
- A history lesson from the Tea Party ("This Modern World" comic strip by Tom Tomorrow)
- The Truth About the Tea Party, Matt Taibbi's definitive takedown of the 'Baggers.
- ↑ Matt A. Barreto et al. The Tea Party in the Age of Obama: Mainstream Conservatism or Out-Group Anxiety? Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 22, 2011.
- ↑ "Anti-tax 'Tea Parties' being organized across U.S.", Associated Press (4/15/2009 10:17:05 PM ET).
- ↑ David Nather, "You go through a whole government shutdown so you can kill Obamacare dead, and all you get is a little more due diligence before people can get their subsidies?", Politico
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- ↑ Borowitz, Andy, "Teabaggers' New Cry: "Mrs. Obama, Hands Off Our Obesity", HuffPo (03/23/2010 04:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011).
- ↑ Schiavanza, Matt, "Why China Is Relieved the Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Over", The Atlantic 10.17.13.
- ↑ Tashman, Brian, "Tea Party Nation Tells Members It Is Time To 'Impeach And Arrest The Tyrant King Obama'", Right Wing Watch (6/5/2014 3:15 pm).
- ↑ Good, Chris, "Tea Party Nation: Progressives Are the 'Axis of Evil'", The Atlantic 10.26.10
- ↑ Pethokoukis, James, "The Tea Party's big idea to shrink government is a vacuous nothingburger", The Week' '2.19.15.
- ↑ Boyle, Matthew, "Tea Party Patriots To Congress: Hold The Line Against Paul Ryan, Elect Republican Speaker Who Doesn’t Back Amnesty", Breitbart 10.12.15.
- ↑ "Gun control is new focus for Tea Party activists", Associated Press (updated February 02, 2013 at 8:49 PM).
- ↑ "Fox News' 'War On Christmas' Returns (VIDEO)", HuffPo 11.28.12.
- ↑ "Tea Party Has New Holy Cause: Converting Known ‘Atheist’ George Soros", Wonkette (May 17, 2013 - 5:17pm).
- ↑ Blue, Miranda, "Five Conservatives Who Don't Understand Net Neutrality…But Are Definitely Against It!", Right Wing Watch (11/14/2014 10:57 am)
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- ↑ Libit, Daniel, "An inconvenient tea party", Politico (10/16/09 02:57 PM EDT).
- ↑ Wagner, Kyle, "The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate", Deadspin (10/14/14 3:46pm).
- ↑ "Why Conservatives Must Stand With #GamerGate" Tea Party Nation (December 8, 2014 at 4:00pm).
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- ↑ "Scott Walker Suggests Wall on Canadian Border", Tea Party Nation.
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- ↑ "CNBC's Santelli Rants About Housing Bailout" ABC News. 19 February 2009
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- ↑ "The Tea Party and the GOP: From Rescue to Wreck", Daily Kos (Tuesday Oct 22, 2013 | 8:38 AM PST).
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- ↑ The Primaries Project: Will Cantor’s Loss Be a Turning Point for the Tea Party? Brookings Institution
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- ↑ Glenn Beck: measured by the University of I Don't Remember.
- ↑ Some guy whining about media coverage.
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 Size Matters; So do lies - fivethirtyeight.com
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- ↑ Dooley, Debbie, "I support solar energy because of my Tea Party beliefs — not despite them ", The Guardian (Friday 24 July 2015 07.30 EDT).
- ↑ Martin, Christopher, "Tea Party’s Green Faction Fights for Solar in Red States", Bloomberg (11/12/13, 1:46 PM PST).
- ↑ Thompson, Claire, "Tea Partiers fight over solar power in Georgia, and the solar fans win", Grist 7.2.13.
- ↑ Spinelli, John Michael, "Tea party governors place bets with GOP casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson", Examiner (December 5, 2012 12:00 PM MST).
- ↑ "Trump Won’t Take Sides On Israel And The Palestinians", The Jewish Week 2/18/16.
- ↑ Quigley, Bernie, "Israel and the Tea Party: Heartland America supports Israel", The Week (March 14, 2011, 02:04 pm).
- ↑ Lippman, Steve, "Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort? - Cantor’s loss, isolationist foreign policy and Jews in the GOP.", The Jewish Week. 6.17.14.
- ↑ Hullabaloo: Teabag Nation.
- ↑ "Fox spent weeks promoting apparent tea party scam", Media Matters
- ↑ "The Relationship between Libertarians, the Tea Party and the Christian Right", Public Religion Research Institute
- ↑ PRRI poll via NPR
- ↑ Pew Poll
- ↑ U of W poll via HuffPo
- ↑ CBS poll
- ↑ mayonesa, known for modding r/new_right and re/tea_party, is [exposed as a white supremacist with hundreds of posts on Stormfront.
- ↑ They're not even trying to be coy about it anymore.
- ↑ Michael Wines and Lizette Alvarez, "Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Primacy, and G.O.P. Ties", 'New York Times 7.22.15.
- ↑ Is The Tea Party Racist? Ask Some Actual, Out-Of-The-Closet Racists
- ↑ NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party
- ↑ Tax Day Tea Party Protest in Tulsa
- ↑ Linkins, Jason, p"Tax Protest Origins: Ron Paul Supporters Make the Case", HuffPo ( 05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011).
- ↑ How to undermine a movement - NolanChart.com. Feb 7, 2010
- ↑ "New Data: Tea Party is Authoritarian, Not Libertarian" Discover Magazine
- ↑ Glen Beck and Ron Paul - Fool me Once - NolanChart.com. April 12, 2009
- ↑ Which choice best represents your position on Libertarians and the Tea Parties? - LP.org. April 12, 2010
- ↑ "Arizona Tea Party Activists Say They're Back" NPR, 12 July 2012
- ↑ "Tea Partier On Lead Up To Iraq War: 'We Have To Trust Our Leaders' (VIDEO)" Tom Kludt, Talking Points Memo. 19 March 2013
- ↑ Glenn to Ron Paul supporters: Ron Paul is NOT RUNNING!, Glenn Beck's Official Website
- ↑ "Glenn Beck apologizes to libertarians, begs them to welcome new people into the movement"
- ↑ The Cause of Freedom
- ↑ "House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps" Ron Nixon, The New York Times. 19 September 2013
- ↑ "The Tea Party and the Drug War" Jeffery A. Miron, National Review Online. 7 June 2010
- ↑ "Ten Core Beliefs of the Modern-Day Tea Party Movement", Section 1
- ↑ Mencimer, Stephanie, "The Tea Party vs. "Media Marxism", Mother Jones (Thu Apr. 7, 2011 9:46 AM EDT).
- ↑ "Clownshow 2012: Suspension of Disbelief"
- ↑ Video of Koch Tea Party link
- ↑ Tea Party Leader Launches Political Outfit - Wall Street Journal Blogs. February 5, 2010.
- ↑ Health Insurers Donate Millions to Tea Party Caucus, and to Republicans Who Pledge to Reverse Health Reform
- ↑ Health industry bolts Dems for GOP
- ↑ Major Health Insurance Company Urges Employees To Attend Tea Parties
- ↑ Letter sent to staff by United Health Group
- ↑ Tea Party Patriots' website
- ↑ Tea Party Nation's website
- ↑ National Tea Party Convention website
- ↑ Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention - New York Times January 25, 2010
- ↑ The Death of the Tea Parties? Not So Fast... - Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.
- ↑ Website. A particularly lulz worthy group due to the fact the Boston Tea Party occurred in 1773.
- ↑ 9/12 Project mission statement
- ↑ Our Principles & Values
- ↑ A million or more rock Washington - WorldNetDaily. September 12, 2009.
- ↑ Fox News Newspaper Ad Makes False Claims About Tea Party Coverage - Huffington Post. September 18, 2009.
- ↑ Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video - Huffington Post. September 19, 2009.
- ↑ Patriots' newest target: Obama 'Minion Media' - WorldNetDaily. September 16, 2009.
- ↑ Obama's 'Minion Media' to face fed-up Americans - WorldNetDaily. September 28, 2009.
- ↑ Protesters target media: 'Can you hear us now?' - WorldNetDaily. October 17, 2009.
- ↑ House Republicans Commemorate 9/12 March With House Resolution - Huffington Post. October 27, 2009.
- ↑ Understanding Power (2002)
- ↑ Lawrence Rosenthal, The Tea Party, the government shutdown, and Obamacare The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, 15 October 2013.
- ↑ Biased as all hell from MSNBC, but the introductory commentary says it all
- ↑ Huffington post vidcap of Fox News
- ↑ Not a Game, the board game.
- ↑ Anderson Cooper adds one more stupid joke.
- ↑ Shuster, quoted at the Huffington Post
- ↑ The Coffee Party USA website
- ↑ Walshe, Sushannah, "Dick Armey Defends His $8 Million Deal to Leave FreedomWorks", ABC 12.29.12.
- ↑ Blain, Glenn, "Soup is not so good for Rob Astorino in new Democratic attack ad", NY Daily News (September 29, 2014, 4:28 PM)
- ↑ Goldenberg, Suzanna, "Texas Congressman Cites Noah's Ark As Evidence Against Climate Change", Mother Jones (Fri Apr. 12, 2013 5:00 AM EDT).
- ↑ Sarlin, Benjy, "Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin caught backing cockfighting", MSNBC (04/25/14 10:51 AM—Updated 05/03/14 04:03 PM).
- ↑ Molly Redden and David Corn, "David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the "Common" Good",Mother Jones (Wed Jun. 11, 2014 10:50 AM EDT). Brat: "My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost?" This guy is every smug, Econ 101 student rolled into one.
- ↑ "Jan Brewer signs 'life begins at menstruation' bill, the most draconian anti-abortion law so far", Daily Kos (Friday Apr 13, 2012 · 6:42 AM PST ).
- ↑ "Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Legislation Permitting Employers to Interrogate Female Employees About Contraception Use [Updated again"], Raw Story (12 May 2012 at 19:20 ET).
- ↑ Lowder, J. Bryan, "Arizona Gay Segregation Bill Vetoed", Slate (Feb. 26 2014 7:50 PM).
- ↑ Caldwell, Patrick, "Liz Cheney Heartlessly Disowns Her Sister on National TV", Mother Jones (11/18/13 8:41 AM EST). Can you imagine how hard it must have been to be a lesbian growing up with this lot? It's amazing Mary Cheney didn't kill herself or end up becoming a crazy cat lady.
- ↑ Emery, Jr., C. Eugene, "Rep. Costa says drug testing for welfare recipients will save money for Rhode Island", Politifact (Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.).
- ↑ Bouie, Jamelle, "Ken Cuccinelli Making Bad Candidate History in Virginia", Daily Beast (10.29.13 2:15 AM ET).
- ↑ Shakir, Faiz, [http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/09/16/119377/demint-complete-gridlock/ "DeMint: Businesses Tell Me ‘The Best Thing’ Would Be ‘Complete Gridlock’", ThinkProgress (Sep 16, 2010 8:35 pm).
- ↑ Hiltzick, Michael, "The public spotlight might not prove to be Ernst's best friend", L.A. Times (1/23/15, 1:05 pm).
- ↑ Ferguson, David, "Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help", Raw Story (17 Oct 2014 at 10:52 ET).
- ↑ Rindels, Michelle, "Vegas assemblywoman blames employee for tax liens", Associated Press 12.16.14.
- ↑ Peele, Stanton, "Carly Fiorina Loves Addiction Treatment, But Hates Drug Legalization", The Fix 9.29.15.
- ↑ Hurst, Evan, "Did Carly Fiorina Run Hewlett-Packard Into The Ground, Or Did SEXISM Do It?", Wonkette (April 30, 2015 - 11:40am). Oh, fuck right off.
- ↑ Garcia, Arturo, "Twitter conservatives furious at ‘RINO’ Nikki Haley for supporting Confederate flag’s removal", Raw Story (23 Jun 2015 at 05:11 ET).
- ↑ Ryan, Erin Gloria, "Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity Is Not the Only Religion", Jezebel (7/06/12 11:00am).
- ↑ Morretto, Mario, "LePage: I’ll veto every Democratic bill until Legislature agrees to kill income tax", Bangor Daily News (Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 | Last update: 10:24 a.m.).
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- ↑ Blue, Miranda, "Mark Levin: Religious Right Voters Are Centrists Because They're Not As Extreme As Neo-Confederates", Right Wing Watch (Saturday, 9/27/2014 10:32 am.)
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- ↑ Fechter, Joshua, "The 18 craziest tweets by Robert Morrow, newly elected chairman of Travis County Republican Party (that we can publish, at least)", MySA (Updated 3/3/16, 1:10 pm).
- ↑ Adams, Paige, "Cathie Adams (Tea Party): Grover Norquist 'Showing Signs Of Converting To Islam' Because He Has A Beard", HuffPo (06/01/2013 03:35 pm ET). ZZ Top must be mullahs.
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- ↑ "Why I Came to California" campaign ad. In 1970-whatever California was great! Now it's a shithole. I'll Make California Great Again! The problem was she was running against Jerry Brown who became Secretary of State that exact year.