Thursday, February 28, 2013

Where have all the Teabaggers gone? Long time passing. Where has all the Tea party gone? Long time ago.

Courtesy of Salon:  

Who are the names that come to mind when you think about leaders of the Tea Party movement? Maybe Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann? Those were the most popular leaders listed by self-identified Tea Party activists in a 2010 Washington Post poll, at the height of the movement. You could add to that list a handful of other congressmen, especially outspoken Reps. Steve King, Allen West and Joe Walsh, among others. 

And then you’d realize that every single one of them either lost their job or abandoned being a voice of the movement. 

The 2012 election was devastating for the outspoken leaders in Congress. Allen West lost after a protracted battle, Joe Walsh was trounced by rising star Tammy Duckworth, and Ron Paul retired. Other, lesser-known members like Roscoe Barlett also lost. The two House Tea Party Caucus members who ran for the Senate last year both lost — Reps. Denny Rehberg in Montana and Todd Akin in Missouri. 

Meanwhile Jim DeMint, the most prominent Tea Party leader in the Senate, who funded primary challenges against more moderate Republicans, left the Senate a month after the election to head the Heritage Foundation. 

As for Bachmann, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus, she’s gone almost completely silent, as MinnPost noted last week. Since the November election, she hasn’t done any national television, has appeared on the radio only once, and has ducked most interview requests. Instead, those close to her say she’s focusing on the quotidian work of a legislator — advancing bills and helping constituents — instead of the more exciting work of being a national movement leader and media star. 

The same is true for Rep. Steve King, who has rarely been heard from since November, when he got a run for his money from Democrat Christie Vilsack. Perhaps a bit chastened, or perhaps in anticipation of a rumored upcoming Senate bid, King has laid low and spoken out mostly to soften his hard-right image. 

King has always staked out the far-right flank of the the party on immigration, so it was shocking to hear him say in January that he supports most of the comprehensive immigration reform bill emerging in the Senate. It seems to be indicative of a concerted effort to moderate his image. 

Then there’s Sarah Palin, whose long decline into irrelevance got a big kick from behind when Fox News dropped her in January. 

It’s a similar story for Glenn Beck, who, despite his success on the Dish Network, has nowhere close to the following he had during his Fox News days. And he’s moved away from the partisan red meat that made him famous, rebranding himself as a nonpartisan libertarian with a big emphasis on faith and religion.

Essentially all of these people who once trumpeted the Tea Party movement at the top of their lungs, have lost their jobs, lost their credibility, and in the case of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, essentially lost their minds. With Palin now fanning conspiracy theories about government buying bullets to exterminate citizens and Beck working on plans to build a 2 billion dollar tree fort in the woods, the only people REALLY listening to them are those measuring them for straitjackets.

Today the ONLY real prominent Teabagger still making the news is Ted Cruz, whose vicious tactics in the Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing and elsewhere, have earned him comparisons to Joe McCarthy. If that sticks, and the Tea Party becomes inextricably tied to McCarthyism, the Tea Party is not only doomed but they will serve as an object lesson for the dangers of allowing the fringe a place at the political table for decades to come.

Personally I don't think this Koch brother backed Astro-turf party can end too soon. Already their damage to the ability of policy makers in Washington to do their jobs has been extensive and threatens the very stability of our nation.


  1. Anonymous6:48 AM

    "cannot end too soon."

    correct please - my grammar eyes are offended. Not to mention, these types of errors are reminiscent of TeaParty illiteracy, like that found at SEA of Pee.

    1. You need to finish schooling before yer' admitted to the ranks of us grammar cops and permitted to school.

    2. Anonymous7:24 AM

      "...don't think (it) can end too soon."

      Using cannot would create a double negative unless the sentence was re-written. Is that what you're suggesting? (serious question)

    3. Anonymous7:25 AM

      Thank you.

    4. Please explain... I forgot the rules of grammar I learned in 1948.

    5. Anonymous10:20 AM

      "Grammar eyes?" If we are legally blind do we get a pass? : )

    6. our lad10:43 AM

      Their,there and they're.....those that misuse these are on my all time shit list. Oh, and Ted Turner for colorizing King Kong. Except for being drunk, I'm ok otherwise. Thank you for your patience.

    7. Anonymous12:14 PM

      I'll see your their, there and they're and raise you a would of, should of, could of...

    8. Anonymous2:09 PM

      Ahem, permission to join the commiserate circle.
      I offer alter,altar affect,effect,woman,women,a lot,alot and the ever growing mangling of possesive forms.

    9. jcinco2:33 PM

      "your" used instead of "you're" and "loosing" rather than "losing" drive me crazy. Then, of course, succeed used instead of secede....

    10. Anonymous3:16 PM

      I know better grammar then all of you.

      heh heh heh

    11. Anonymous4:39 PM

      Anon@3:16 :-)

    12. Anonymous5:12 PM


    13. Anonymous5:43 PM

      suppose to be

      Put the damn 'd' on the end of the damn word!!!

      Thank you. I feel better now.

    14. Anita Winecooler7:44 PM

      Grammar and spelling is highly overrated. The biarn pocresses wdros motlsy by the pcalemnet of the fsirt and lsat ltetres. If they're in the right place, the brain figures it out.

    15. Anonymous11:05 PM

      Change "creditability" to "credibility."

      You're welcome,
      Newly Retired Wisconsin Teacher, thanks to Scott Walker

  2. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Sarah is still pissed off that SarahPAC was outbid by Jesse Jackson Jr's PAC for Michael Jackson's fedora.

    Some day soon, the "feds" will be looking at where the SarahPAC money went.

    Hope Sarah has receipts for all them "stamps"

    1. Anonymous7:11 AM

      IF they didn't care to look at Obama's different rules for his PAC from 08, and other such pacs, then I doubt they care about anyones.

    2. Anonymous8:11 AM

      IF they didn't care to look at Obama's different rules for his PAC from 08, and other such pacs, then I doubt they care about anyones.

      Keep telling yourself that Sarah. ROFL. If I were you I would start planning an "exit strategy" if you know what I mean. You did find those bugs planted in your Fox studio right? Right?

    3. Anonymous7:11 AM

      Uh's obvious Baldy and Co are nervous like a mug about the "feds" shining a light on BaldyPac!

      I can't wait to see what kind of gyrations the patients at the Asylum are going to go through excusing Baldy's explanation on why she needed so many dirty filthy ratty wigs! LOL!!

    4. Anonymous9:14 AM

      Different rules? Oh, you mean his PAC went by the laws? Yup, Sarah, those are sure different than the rules you play by. By the way, how did Toad get away with ignoring a subpoena while you were pretending to run for VP?

    5. Anonymous2:02 PM

      Lol, sounds like a certain someone, a greedy skanky skeketon if you will, is veeerrry nervous about a certain BaldyPac.

  3. Anonymous7:10 AM

    No reporty media??

    1. Anonymous7:25 AM

      I will assume you post this as snark. Thinking otherwise would give me a headache.

    2. Anonymous8:09 AM

      Why would you waste your time posting a link to an egregiously false post? There is not a single true statement in that FB post.

    3. Anonymous7:10 AM
      No reporty media??

      Stupid ass teabagger...didn't you READ the comments on your OWN link? Oh my bad...I forgot you're a TEABAGGER! Anyway dummy someone in the comments over there debunked your's the link assy!

      Next time idiot...READ your shit BEFORE you post! LOL!!!

      PS...How's that Woodward "threatened" working out for ya? LMAO!!

    4. Anonymous11:44 AM

      "No reporty media??"

      Is that your best effort at being clever, Sarah? Hmph, that figures. You're a goddam idiot and your brother, Creepy Chuck, Jr is nothing but a fat philanderer.

      vvvvvvv Here are a few down-arrows for you, loser.


    5. Anonymous1:00 PM

      Oh dear, Scarah Payme drunk postin' yet again. Hehe.

    6. Anonymous3:30 PM

      It's a little early to be pounding those vodkas with a slash of red bull, Sarah. Oh never mind, I forgot. You got FIRED, so go ahead and knock yourself out... literally.

  4. Anonymous7:12 AM

    Um, Gryphen, I think they're strait jackets, not straight jackets.

    1. You are right. And how dare I simply assume they are all heterosexual by the way, how non-progressive of me.

  5. Anonymous7:21 AM

    How fitting that looney-tunes Sarah Palin is speaking during lunch time at LoserPAC. Why isn't Sean I-Am-Not-A-Republican Hannity going to be there?

    1. I'm still chuckling about the fact that CPAC moved this year from its longtime location at the Sheraton in the upscale Woodley Park section of D.C. to a hotel across town at National Harbor. This new venue is in Prince George's County, Maryland, to which a great many African-American families have moved in the past few decades, attracted by more-affordable housing.

      So if the CPAC attendees leave the National Harbor, who will they see?

    2. Anonymous9:16 AM

      He works for a fee, just like Sarah used to. CPAC exists to get people to speak for free...not sure where all the registration money goes....but I bet it's into some deep pockets.

  6. I didn’t like Horsey when he cheered the Iraq smash-and-grab (he did), but he’s slowly redeeming himself with me. That’s a very good cartoon.

  7. Anonymous7:29 AM

    Where have all the Teabaggers gone? Found one! (or a few actually).

    Mark Levin tweet:
    Levin Surge! Be polite and be civil and tell Eric Cantor we oppose the V.A.W.A. and it's time for him to step down.

    This is one of the few printable comments:

    "One wonders why a "violence against women" act is needed when we are told that women are supposedly just as capable to serve in combat as men. It's quite incongruous."

    How do you get through that thick of a skull? Many of the rest are a wide range of how feminists are taking over the world.....

    1. Anonymous8:51 AM

      After nixing the GOP's alternate Violence Against Women Act, the House voted to pass the Senate-approved VAWA reauthorization, by a vote of 286-138.

      The bill now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature.

    2. If the republicans in Congress have any hope of ever winning the WH in the near future, they shouldn't be listening to Mark Levin because many of us know that they haven't finished declaring war on us. There's not a day that passes that I don't read something about RW nuts in state legislatures across the country who are still intent upon getting all up in our lady parts.

  8. Anonymous7:55 AM

    Unfortunately there are still too many teabaggers in state legislatures and in Congress and they are still doing their mayhem and still have all of that Koch money behind them.

  9. Janice8:24 AM

    OT… Greta has a story in the media section of Huffington today that her husband is battling cancer. Do you suppose Sarah will show her sympathy to her best friend on FB or did that friendship end when she was fired from Fox. Sarah posts sympathies on her FB of people she never met.

    1. Anonymous9:18 AM

      Sarah only posts about people when she thinks it will make HER look good to the paying 'bots. And isn't Greta's husband some DC lawyer or lobbyist who was deeply involved in Sarah's book deals?

    2. Anonymous10:05 AM

      Palin curse is for real .....

      Sniper dude dies
      Kyle Massey's career dies
      and Mr Greta has cancer.

    3. Anonymous3:26 PM

      No shit. Sarah, don't send me another calendar next year. I only got on your mailing list as a joke. I have an iPhone, so unlike you, I know what day it is every time I wake up in the morning.

      And no Christmas card either.

    4. Anita Winecooler7:59 PM

      Yeah, like Sarah reads Huffington Post...

    5. Anonymous9:09 PM




  10. Chenagrrl8:50 AM

    Of course there is the ever-present Tea Party Express mouth Amy Kremer, a onetime flight attendant who now spouts economic misinformation. Is she a leader? TPEx is really a rebranded PR firm.
    Looking and listening to her blather recalls an ancient Bob Greene column that referred to attendants as "mean-faced women with suitcases on wheels."

  11. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I used to wonder why they placed the National Enquirer right at the checkout in grocery stores, thinking, "Who in their right mind, would buy a 'newspaper' with headlines about UFO and Elvis sightings?"

    Well, it wasn't there for nothing: it was a huge seller. Seems people really LIKE to be lied to...sort of like why horror movies are popular.

    So it was merely a matter of time before some evil mind came up with a TELEVISION version of that ridiculous media item.

    The rest is history, being the history of the Tea Party, and the frighteningly large chunk of American people who have been manipulated into believing all manner of absurdities.

    A foreign born President who sneaks into homes at night, stealing guns, or recalibrating gas station pumps to charge higher prices.

    Normal people can barely believe their fellow citizens could be THAT gullible, until we see with our own eyes that nearly half the nation voted for the worst candidate in history, recently.

    Romney was exposed as being a sleazeball in dozens of ways, yet, backed by the Fox network, he still managed to come close.

    The power of fear politics cannot be taken lightly.

  12. Anonymous9:52 AM

    The Palin Curse rides again! BOTH of them are buds with Sarah.

    Greta Van Susteren revealed on Thursday that her husband John Coale is battling cancer.

    She announced the news on her blog. Coale, a well-known Washington lawyer who has advised Sarah Palin, was diagnosed with cancer in December and has been treating it "aggressively," Van Susteren wrote.

    I wish him well, cancer really sucks.

    1. Anonymous11:04 AM

      Sounds like he has skin CA? Wasn't he responsible for one or more of WGE's griftin' PACs?
      Indeed the palin curse strikes again!

  13. our lad10:37 AM

    I like the part about the straightjackets.

  14. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Tea Party Groups Announce New Effort To Bring Allen West Back To Washington

    For a pair of tea party groups, there are only two places former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) belongs: Congress or the White House.

    The Tea Party Leadership Fund announced on Wednesday that it was mounting an effort to bring West back into the political fold by showing support for the Republican firebrand, according to U.S. News & World Report. The group, which has contributed money to a variety of fringe conservative efforts, reportedly sent out a fundraising email to supporters along with a "Draft Allen West" petition.

    The effort has backing from another group, the Revive America super PAC, which told U.S. News that West might actually be better suited for a White House run.

    West conceded his race against Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy in November, after close vote counts and allegations of botched electoral oversight prolonged the contest for weeks. Shortly thereafter, West received an invitation from the Georgia GOP to explore a political career in the state where he was born. West declined, choosing instead to pursue a career in conservative radio.

    In a recent interview with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, however, West didn't entirely rule out the idea of making another political run.

    "If God wants me back on Capitol Hill or wherever, that will happen," West said. "I will always be ready to serve my country in whatever capacity that my fellow Americans would have me serve."

    1. Anonymous2:53 PM

      God wanted Allen West 'kicked' out of the Army, and he was. Allen West is Done.

    2. Anonymous3:23 PM

      God wanted Patrick Murphy instead, Mr West. Weren't you paying attention?

  15. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Bwahahaha!! The retarded bigots that run the sea'o'pee are really fucking up the site, my Dog the stupid there knows no limits.
    Oh and the like/dislike discrepancy speaks volumes on the "Sayrah has MILLIONS of fans" myth.
    GinaM dear, I can't stop laughing either!

    1. C4P post-Disqus update is hilarious! No matter how many times people try to help, commenters complain they can't login or access the site--because they won't give up Internet Explorer and use a current browser.

      If they can log-in, they can't understand how to refresh the page! And sorting the comments, either newest-oldest or oldest-newest is beyond them.

      And they blame it all on the liberals.
      Why don't they blame Satan?
      Oh wait, I forgot--Obama IS Satan!

      And yet these are the same fools who claim they are ready to form a third party! Or take up arms in insurrection!

      I doubt that most of them are even capable of voting.

    2. Liz I...did you know that the "gov" took over the Asylum...because this is what one of the nuts posted....

      01_Explorer_01 • 6 hours ago −
      I am with VG on this. This site is not worth visiting at this time if nothing works. Looks like the gov. took over and messed up a good site. Alot of pride would have to be swallowed to go back to the old format.

      And this nutball thinks the Chinese got to the Asylum...

      nkthgreek virginiagentleman1 • 35 minutes ago −
      VG, I can't even get this site with my browser, Opera. Thought C4P had been hacked by the Chinese!

      Seriously...I'm gonna have to take a break from reading over stomach AND head hurts from laughing so times I tried to suppress a few outburst of laughter and thought I busted a blood vessel in my EYE!

      Those fools ain't worth a trip to the the fuck do I explain to the nurse how I busted out my eye vessel..."well uh...see is what I just see the doctor now?"


    3. He'll, Gina, if we get injured laughing that's a lot better than dying of boredom, rotting from bigotry or suffocating in ones own stupidity . . .

  16. Anonymous4:35 PM

    I must admit...the patients at the Asylum are fascinating in a looking-under-a-rock-to-see-what's-wiggling-around-under-there kind of thing!

    The Disqus issue is driving them bananas and the "down arrow" thing has them screaming in maniacal laughter....Exhibit C....

    DeeDEEthree DeeDEEthree • an hour ago −
    This is to the PDSers who have given me 9 down arrows. Sarah is coming. Be VERY VERY AFRAID. I can see your heads exploding from here. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH I need to catch my breath Oh thats better. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    As Liz Lemon would say..."What the WHATTT"? Those motherfuckers have gone INSANE and who knew all it would take was an ARROW to get em there!


    1. Anonymous7:49 PM

      The funniest thing about "pee4palin" is that it is a perfect reflection on the person Sarah Palin is: ignorant,bigoted,hateful,hypocrite,intolerant mean,faux "Christian",rage filled thin skinned mean rabid hey I could do this all night!

    2. Anita Winecooler8:04 PM

      "Sarah's coming" Ewwww TMI, just sayin'

    3. Anonymous9:25 PM

      Okay you Immoral Skookums, which one of you is 01explorer01?
      'Fess up!
      That HAS to be a made up Palin Cultist Imbecile, I refuse to believe I'm sharing this country,big as it is, with such a dangerously MORONIC ASSHOLE!
      There ain't a land mass big enough!
      Gobbledyook, I might have brought the whole site down.
      Those of you following c4peepee will understand)

    4. Anonymous3:47 AM

      9:25 PM C4PP banned me from their site. My Truthful comments were too much for them. BWAHAHAHA.

  17. Anita Winecooler8:08 PM

    Well, considering what's happened to the GOP because the orange man has a yellow stripe down his back and was held by the short and curlys by the crazies in the Tea Party, the Tea Party did do one good thing during it's short tenure, it showed the lack of leadership and common sense in the GOP. And they have John McCain to thank for it!


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