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Teaparty's growing unpopularity is now a liability for the GOP (the chart Tea Party doesn't want to see) - 03/31/11

The tea parties movement is now so unpopular that they're a liability for the Republican Party. For a clear example, see the chart below [1] showing how more and more Americans have developed an unfavorable opinion of them over time. Support for the Teaparties has topped out: they've been stuck around 30% since they began. However, all the while opposition to them has been rising. And, that...

Tea Party used to push corporate agenda (Institute for Liberty, Monsanto, Asian paper company) - 03/31/11

... been following our extensive tea parties coverage, you'll know where this is going (and if you're a teapartier, you'll have no clue): Last fall, [Institute for Liberty's] president, Andrew Langer, had himself videotaped [ peekURL.com/vM87wLC ] on Long Wharf in Boston holding a copy of the Declaration of Independence as he compared Washington’s proposed tariff on paper from Indonesia and China to...

Utah gov. Gary Herbert signs "guest" worker, other immigration bills - 03/15/11

... question authority plan. One tea parties group had, to their credit, opposed the guest workers plan, although they weren't present at the signing ceremony. There's also this: Asked what was the LDS Church's public position was on the immigration bills, [Presiding Bishop H. David Burton of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] said the church had endorsed the Utah Compact. "We feel...

Koch Industries' sockpuppets edited Wikipedia and post comments on blogs too - 03/09/11

... replies I receive to my anti-tea parties comments around the web (a recent example here) are coming from sockpuppets for Koch, FreedomWorks, and similar groups. From [1]: Last year, Koch Industries began employing New Media Strategies (NMS), an Internet PR firm that specializes in “word-of-mouth marketing” for major corporations including Coca-Cola, Burger King, AT&T, Dodge and Ford. It...

The Teaparty-ification of NPR (James O'Keefe, cheap stunts, distraction) - 03/09/11

... Conservatives - particularly those in the tea parties orbit - have very little interest in good reporting. Like liberals, they just want things to tilt their way. Those pushing to defund NPR aren't, for instance, encouraging them to do investigative pieces on both George Soros and the Koch family. 3. Those pushing to defund NPR are, with very rare exceptions (a few here: newsbusters.org/media-...

Obama plays race card on Tea Party and whites in general; "subterranean agenda"; Teaparty interferes with proper response - 03/03/11

... own akin to the NAACP are the tea parties. Yet, the only people in that movement who might be smart enough to intellectually challenge Obama and show how he's wrong are only in it for the money. The core "principles" of the teaparties are all about the money, and they explicitly ignore "social issues". So, when they're attacked using a "social issue" like the race card, they don't know what to...

Tim Pawlenty's crazy Tea Party outreach - 03/01/11

... Pawlenty is reaching out to the tea parties and doing it in big, crazy ways. Over the weekend, he appeared at the Teaparty "Patriots" summit in Phoenix, Arizona and said among other things this completely false statement (video: peekURL.com/vNQNJUT ): "I'm here to say thank you for standing up to the ruling class" [meaning: "liberal power brokers, guardians of the status quo and the royal...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

Are the tea parties useful idiots for an attempt by the billionaire Koch family to fight unionization in order to increase their profits? The latest example of the Koch family pushing an agenda that helps their bottom line and getting help from the teapartiers in that endeavor comes from the protests between public sector unions and Republican governor Scott Walker in Madison, Wisconsin. I haven'...

Teaparty: 52% unfavorable, just 35% favorable (WaPo ABC poll) (socialism gets 36% favorable) - 01/19/11

... below] Per their enablers, the tea parties are as American as apple pie with a U.S. flag on top. So, why do many Americans have an unfavorable opinion of them? According to a new Washington Post / ABC News poll (link), just 35% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the teaparty movement, down from 38% in September 2010 and from 41% in March 2010. Meanwhile, their unfavorable rating has jumped...

Reason Magazine misleads about Jared Loughner (+AllahPundit, Glenn Reynolds) - 01/18/11

Reason Magazine offers the deceptive video "The Week in Stupid: Cable Pundits on the Gifford Shooting" (below). If you trust anything Reason tells you, keep reading. The video leads off with Zach Osler - a former friend of Jared Loughner - claiming that Loughner was apolitical. What Reason doesn't tell you is that Osler hadn't seen Loughner for two years. In fact, conveniently "forgetting" to...

Jared Loughner: anti-Bush, pro-small government? Intellectually dishonest Tea Party defenders - 01/17/11

Enablers of the tea parties have, of course, been completely intellectually dishonest when attempting to defend themselves against claims that Jared Loughner is linked to them in one way or another. One example is here, and today's example involves the New York Times piece "Looking Behind the Mug-Shot Grin" (link). Based on the relevant portion of that article [1], Loughner sounds a bit like a...

Jared Loughner's "Genocide School" video (Pima Community College) - 01/15/11

... he says things similar to the tea parties, and I fully expect Tea Party enablers to claim that he's a liberal, neither are true. He isn't a libertarian either. His relationship to politics is more like that of a cargo cult to religion. Specifically, when he says "the war we are in right now is currently illegal under the Constitution", I expect teaparty enablers' ears to perk up. They would then...

From my satire to Tea Party ideas: Mike Lee and child labor - 01/15/11

... hours as they wanted. Now comes Tea Parties member and U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah who - unbeknownst to me - offered a Constitutional video lecture series about a year ago called "Federal and State Power Kept Separate" (video below, transcript from [1]): Congress decided it wanted to prohibit [child labor], so it passed a law - no more child labor. The Supreme Court heard a challenge to that...

Did Pima County Sheriff Dupnik ignore Jared Loughner's warning signs before Gabrielle Giffords shooting? - 01/13/11

... enablers of Palin, Limbaugh, and the tea parties movement responded by going on a witch hunt against Dupnik, using his initial claim that Loughner had made death threats [2] to claim that Dupnik knew about Loughner's issues and had done nothing. In some cases, they claimed that he had done nothing because Loughner's mother worked for Pima County. [3] However, the police reports on Loughner's...

Friend: Loughner wasn't political, not left or right (two years out of date; Zeitgeist) - 01/12/11

... years has seen the rise of the tea parties, a group that specializes in loud, anti-intellectual rants against politicians, intimidating politicians, bringing guns to public meetings, waving "We came unarmed [this time]" signs, and on and on. The chance that Loughner didn't see some of that is indeed slim, whether on TV or on Youtube. Note also that Osler places the blame for Loughner's slide in...

Is Jared Lee Loughner linked to Tea Party, conservatives, or libertarians? (Gabrielle Giffords shooting) - 01/11/11

... ties to their movement. See the tea parties and libertarians pages for past coverage of both movements. ------------------- [1] He briefly worked as a volunteer at the Pima Animal Care Center but was taken off dog-walking duties after failing to understand why he shouldn't walk dogs in an area that was being decontaminated for a contagious animal disease (link). He was continually disruptive at...

Glenn Reynolds denies Tea Party's history of intimidation (Giffords shooting, Loughner) - 01/09/11

... political environment that the tea parties movement - of which he is a leader - has created: With only the barest outline of events available, pundits and reporters seemed to agree that the massacre had to be the fault of the tea party movement in general, and of Sarah Palin in particular. Why? Because they had created, in New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's words, a "climate of hate." ......

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, several others shot; Palin, Tea Party candidate - 01/08/11

... shooter is affiliated with the tea parties or libertarians movements. Both of those groups haven't shied away from painting their opponents in the worst terms possible and engaging in apocalyptic language. Sometimes that's included implied violence, such as in the two following graphics. The first is from Sarah Palin's website and shows several Congressmen's districts in what appear to be gun...

Tea Party "Patriots" mostly silent about anti-American DREAM Act (and rightwing bloggers too) - 12/07/10

The "patriots" in the tea parties aren't exactly going all out to oppose the anti-American DREAM Act amnesty. The loudest voices against the Obama administration have mostly gone silent against an amnesty which could cover between one to two million illegal aliens and which would allow those illegal aliens covered by it to take college resources away from their fellow citizens. That doesn't mean...

The anti-corporate Tea Party? No: will oppose some corporations, give others a pass (FreedomWorks, useful idiots) - 11/23/10

... have a new effort to get the tea parties to espouse an anti-corporate message. The teapartiers, Fighting the Power? Not so fase: if you're familiar with both the teapartiers and Freedom Works, you know there's a catch, and indeed there is: they're only going to get the tea partiers to oppose *some* corporations, while helping or ignoring another set. Don't worry: the teapartiers will continue to...

WSJ/NBC poll shows little support for fiscal conservatism; 70% "uncomfortable" with cuts to Medicare, Social Security, defense - 11/18/10

... news for libertarians and the tea parties: a new Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll shows little support for fiscal conservative policies (link): [The poll] shows Americans skeptical of deficit-cutting proposals laid out by the chairmen of a commission appointed by the White House. In the survey, 57% of respondents said they were uncomfortable with gradually raising the Social Security...

Tea Party leaders: GOP should ignore social issues (TP "Patriots", Tammy Bruce) - 11/15/10

... other stupidity surrounding the tea parties movement. 1. Social conservatives make up a large part of the GOP coalition, and if the GOP won't offer them something many of them won't bother to vote, many will vote for fewer GOP candidates than they would otherwise, and they might even consider forming their own party. 2. The teaparties message of "economic freedom" only applies to and resonates...

How many Senate seats did the Tea Parties cost the Republicans? - 11/10/10

If you ask a member of the tea parties how many senate seats their candidates lost the GOP, they'll probably say "-17". However, from this: The Fix looked at Angle, Buck, O'Donnell and two other faces of the tea party: New York governor candidate Carl Paladino and Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul. The five of them, it turns out, ran behind the vast majority of other Republican candidates --...

Why George W Bush should be shunned - 11/09/10

... getting help from many rightwing/tea parties-style sources. Here are some of the reasons why he should be shunned now (and why those same sources should have shunned him then but couldn't find their tongues): 1. Lying us into a war that cost $3 trillion. That's *trillion*. (source here). 2. His 2004 guest workers plan was like a massive H1B plan, but designed to apply to almost every type of job...

Glenn Reynolds still supports childish mocking of politicians rather than intellectual challenges - 11/03/10

... or because he knows that the tea parties base is incapable and just wants to give them something they might be able to accomplish. In either case it's not good for the U.S. and not even good for the teapartiers themselves. [1] pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/109147 [2] That's a link to hotair.com/archives/2010/11/03/ barney-frank-im-a-victim-of-the-media

2010 Elections: Tea Party wins some, loses some, does somewhat less damage than feared - 11/03/10

... Republicans who were backed by the tea parties ("TP") won several races but some of the major TP candidates lost. The GOP landslide was very large on both the national and state levels, and apparently exit polls showed 4 in 10 voters expressing support for the TP movement. However, those who voted skewed older; more younger people voted in 2008. Below is a list of some of the races, followed by...

Repudiate Teaparty: vote Democratic except Kirk, Tancredo, and Brewer - 10/29/10

... candidates who are part of the Tea Parties movement and against that movement in general. The teaparties are one of the most malignant political movements in the past several decades and must be repudiated; more on that below and see my extensive coverage at that link. I'm also making these specific recommendations: * I very strongly urge everyone to vote for or encourage others to vote for Mark...

Immigration questions for Sean Bielat - 10/25/10

Sean Bielat is the tea parties favorite who's challenging Barney Frank for Congress from Massachusetts. His immigration position follows [1], followed by some questions for him. In the following, each number in parens indicates a question below. I'll invite him via Twitter [2] to answer these questions, and the reader is invited to do the same: @SeanBielat. I believe in an America that protects...

Koch family, U.S. Chamber, businesses met to plan strategy (+Glenn Beck, tea parties, "mobilize citizens for November") - 10/20/10

... for Karl Rove. There's also a tea parties link: one of the June sessions was called "Mobilizing Citizens for November" ("Is there a chance this fall to elect leaders who are more strongly committed to liberty and prosperity? This session will further assess the landscape and offer a strategic plan to educate voters on the importance of economic freedom.") The hosts were Sean Noble (@snoble37),...

Glenn Beck urges donations to illegal immigration-supporting U.S. Chamber of Commerce - 10/14/10

... their best interests, many of his tea parties type fans are doing just that (link). They don't realize that what the Chamber advocates for raises their taxes and reduces their power. Both illegal aliens and new legal immigrants consume public services of various kinds, raising taxes on Beck's fan base. At the same time, those same groups form a power base for the Democratic Party and the far-...

Teaparty: where were you during the Bush administration? Tell me. - 09/16/10

I've previously joked about the tea parties conducting an eight-year silent protest against the Bush administration. While some of their leaders - such as Grover Norquist and Dick Armey of FreedomWorks (and some libertarians) - did speak out against Bush's exorbitant spending, almost all of those who are currently in the teaparties said absolutely nothing or were strong Bush supporters. They...

DiverseTea: tea parties to fight charges of racism... by enabling far-left concepts - 09/13/10

... pulls many of the strings on the tea parties movement whether the teapartiers want to admit it or not - is launching a new effort called "DiverseTea" (wouldn't "DiversiTea" be better?). They're doing minority outreach in an attempt to show how diverse the teaparties are (link): The ads [to be bought by Freedomworks], which will be accompanied by a yet-to-launch website, will showcase diversity...

Tea Party "Patriots" Admit Failure (They Just Don't Know It) - 09/12/10

... below, first some notes: * See tea parties for my extensive coverage, including things you won't hear from them or their other opponents. * The speaker is Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party "Patriots", and the host is Herman Cain. * Their video was, of course, promoted by Glenn Reynolds (instapundit.com/106062) * Note the FreedomWorks logo on the podium. Another aspect of their failure is that...

Delusional John Hinderaker on the "Tea Party Majority" (Powerline) - 09/07/10

... groups more delusional than the tea parties, but John Hinderaker of Powerline is apparently trying to give them a run for their money. In the Glenn Reynolds-linked [1] post "Tea Party Majority" [2] he says the following about the image below: One could draw many conclusions from this, but I would suggest two. First, far from being a fringe phenomenon, the Tea Party movement represents the solid...

9500 Liberty immigration documentary on MTV (NY Times, Tea Parties) - 09/07/10

... provides yet another example of tea parties / rightwing blogger failure: the same people behind 9500 Liberty are behind the recent "Coffee Party" movement. That movement was mentioned here a few weeks before rightwing blogs picked up on it, and none of them that I saw knew about or mentioned their previous immigration-related activities. Instead, they made apparently false claims that she had...

Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside smear tea partiers (New Left Media; a challenge) - 09/01/10

... claim to limited fame is going to tea parties events and trying to get those attending to make themselves look bad, even if they have to use deception to do it (link). A recent effort is 'Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally - Interviews With Participants' ( peekURL.com/vcgsgls ) in which they smear their opponents. Obviously, I'm not a tea parties fan. However, one great part of not being a...

Mark Levin's insane tea party rant - 08/31/10

... spiritual ancestors of the current tea parties. What Levin fails to note is that complaints about being taxed without representation don't apply in the current situation, unless Levin would like to take the vote away from those who disagree with him and make it so only teapartiers have representation. Levin also claims that those on the other side don't accept electoral results. The Democrats...

Christopher Hitchens has no clue about the tea parties - 08/31/10

Christopher Hitchens offers "White Fright / Glenn Beck's rally was large, vague, moist, and undirected—the Waterworld of white self-pity" about Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally (at Slate: slate.com/id/2265515 ). A few comments: 1. The leaders and many of the followers of the tea party movement are all about the money. Those like Dick Armey (of FreedomWorks) and Grover Norquist aren't in any way...

Example of Tea Party helping their opponents (immigration, "Restoring Honor") - 08/29/10

... long line of examples of how the tea parties are helping their opponents. The video features Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine interviewing the crowd at yesterday's Glenn Beck event. At 5:00 on the video Gillespie asks an attendee for the one political change he'd like to see. The attendee responds: "The biggest thing... is illegal immigration. I'm a construction worker... I got laid off, laid...

Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally linked to Dick Armey (Koch too?) - 08/28/10

... novella version, see the dozens of tea parties posts. A few quick notes: 1. Apparently Beck unveiled or was planning on unveiling something called a "Black-Robed Regiment", a reference to religious leaders prior to the Revolutionary War. It's also a class at Glenn Beck University (link). 2. The original Washington Post story on the event featured a photo showing a very small crowd and referred...