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McCain trounces JD Hayworth in GOP primary; who's to blame (tea parties, Palin, Scott Brown...) - 08/25/10

... blame. 2. The four major Arizona tea parties groups that decided not to endorse McCain, Hayworth, or Deakin also shares some of the blame. [1] The "Arizona Tea Party" - which might be an umbrella group including some of those listed at [1] did support Hayworth, at least in twitter dot com/azteaparty. However, the Tucson Tea Party has a post explaining that they don't endorse candidates; the...

Melissa Bean's "thug" vs. teaparty libertarian idiot at public meeting - 08/16/10

... videos featuring those in the tea parties / libertarians orbit, the teapartier/libertarian idiot spends more time asking about asking a question than... actually asking a question. 3. As in other videos by these same types of people, the idiot ends up asking things that are open-ended or are statements not questions. See the bad questions page for other examples. If you're going to ask a...

United We Stand Border Coalition Tea Party Rally: Sharron Angle, J.D. Hayworth, less effective... - 08/10/10

... much of an impact. First, the tea parties - their protestations to the contrary - are associated with the far-right. Yet, opposing illegal immigration shouldn't be a partisan issue and causing a good chunk of Democrats to turn on their leaders over this issue would be very helpful. The chances of many Democrats embracing the full tea parties ideology is slim, while the chances of many Democrats...

Is Pete Stark concerned about eVerify keeping illegal aliens from being hired? (Steve Kemp, Golden Gate Minutemen) - 08/03/10

... Stark. The videos are at the tea parties level as far as stupidity (very high) and utility (very low) are concerned. They do, however, get Steve Kemp and his group a lot of attention, but then again that isn't going to reduce illegal immigration. A recent hit is entitled "The Federal Government can do most anything in this country" ( peekURL.com/vhja3mc ) and features a libertarian type...

Two tales of Teaparty torpidity (if you oppose illegal immigration teapartiers are in your way) (Mandy Nagy, Liberty_Chick) - 08/02/10

... Twitter with supporters of the Tea Parties, and both conversations - as with every other single interaction I've ever had with teapartiers - drives home every negative thing I say about them at the link. If you oppose illegal immigration, the teapartiers are just standing in your way. Not only are they intellectually and emotionally incapable of helping, but by being the loudest opposition to...

Example of Tea Party not handling racism correctly; supporting massive immigration + far-left concepts; Glenn Reynolds stupidity - 07/31/10

... outline yet another example of the tea parties unknowingly supporting far-left concepts and massive immigration, not handling charges of racism correctly, and, to start with, yet another example of why taking the advice of Glenn Reynolds is a very bad idea. At pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/103874, Reynolds links to this using its sub-headline: "Spencer Wilking Finds That New York’s Tea Partiers...

A Teaparty Timeline: Tea Party through the years - 07/19/10

Most people think that the Tea Partiers are just a recent and U.S. phenomenon. Wrong! In fact, there are currently Tea Party groups in hundreds of countries around the world, with over 900 million active members. Not only that, but Teapartiers - or those adhering to Tea Party ideals - have been around for thousands of years. Join us now as we take a trip down memory lane to learn about...

Tea party leaders, complaining about NAACP "racist" charge, call Obama's policies "socialist" - 07/14/10

... as their obvious failure, the tea parties have been on the decline since then, and then in May and June the Koch family and Dick Armey of Freedomworks distanced themselves from the movement. Note also the smear in the very name of their group, implying that those who aren't members of their movement aren't "Patriots". ADDED: Note that the first link in this post refers to "counter-productive...

If you oppose the NAACP playing the race card, the Tea Parties aren't your friends - 07/13/10

... The NAACP resolution followed a tea parties group in turn condemning the NAACP for playing the race card in a resolution that's better than I'd give the teapartiers credit for [1]. That said, if you oppose the NAACP playing the race card, the tea partiers aren't really on your side: having them help you fight the far-left is like replacing your town's police force with the Keystone Kops. Frankly...

Bill Kristol enables tea party idiocy; "my fellow Tea Partiers" - 07/11/10

... moment requires... So fear not the Tea Parties. Be open to fundamental reforms. Belt-tightening and program-trimming, more transparency and greater efficiency, are not enough. The danger for Republicans isn’t that they will address the current crisis too boldly. It’s that they won’t be bold enough. The problem of course is that the tea parties - as outlined at the last link - have a vast array...

Gallup: Tea partiers think debt more a threat than terrorism; aligned with Republicans on most issues - 07/05/10

... Gallup poll (link), those in the tea parties movement are aligned with Republicans on most issues. And, asked to name "Extremely Serious Threats", they (first number) and their opponents (second number), say: * "Federal government debt": 61% 29% * "Terrorism": 51% 29% * "The size and power of the federal government": 49% 12% * "Healthcare costs": 41% 33% * "Illegal immigration": 41% 14% * "...

Very few July 4th, 2010 Tea Parties compared to last year - 07/05/10

Last July 4th, the tea parties movement was in full swing with thousands of people attending events held across the country. This year was a much more muted affair with a few small events held here and there; gone are the glory days of appearances by Mickey Dolenz and Stephen Crowder. The calendar for the Tea Party "Patriots" shows just 51 events for yesterday: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/...

Arguing with Tea Partiers, Part 1: Teaparty's "Jump, Smear, and Lie" technique - 06/22/10

1. The tea partier will interrupt the other person, in one way or another. That might involve simply trying to prevent them from finishing their sentence, or, in the case of a text-based argument, it might involve simply ignoring everything someone says except a sentence fragment. 2. Jump to a (usually false) conclusion about the other person's position, based on not paying attention to...

Tea partiers help Obama yet again, play circus at Gulf offshore drilling meeting - 06/22/10

... latest example of those in the tea parties in effect helping Obama (link). Instead of acting like grown-ups and trying to challenge - or getting others to challenge - administration officials, the tea partiers just threw a low-level tantrum. They could have elected to find smart people to take on the Obama administration intellectually; instead, venting is all they could do:

Two examples of how tea partiers aren't effective (big AP report, whoo) - 06/20/10

All week, the tea parties line has been abuzz about the release of a new Associated Press article that was supposed to be a fair look at their movement. And, it's here. Unlike other AP and mainstream media reports, it is generally fair to their side. But, because the tea partiers are what they are, they won't be able to see how it reveals yet again just how ineffective and generally worthless...

Even Dick Armey realizes how toxic the "Tea Party" label is - 06/17/10

... - a main stringpuller on the tea parties movement - now realizes that the label "Tea Party" is toxic and politicians should avoid calling themselves "tea party leaders". Recall that last month the Koch family - without which there might not be a tea party movement - also backed away from the tea parties. From this: ...Armey said (Rand Paul)’s "bigger mistake" came in his victory speech after...

Koch family distances from Tea Parties; says dogmatism isn't working ("Kochtopus") - 06/17/10

... family to back away from the tea parties. The "Kochtopus" - those people and organizations funded by or linked to the Koch family - has been the main driving force behind organizing and promoting the tea parties. Without the help of FreedomWorks (a successor to a Koch-funded organization), Americans for Prosperity, Reason Magazine, and the rest, the tea partiers would still be standing on street...

What personality trait causes tea partiers and libertarians to want to play dress-up games? - 06/14/10

... libertarians and those in the tea parties think that playing dress-up games and putting on a show is an argument. The same isn't true of other political groups; the only two I can think of that come close are PETA and CodePink. The great majority of political groups try to make an argument or (as in the case of this site for the most part) try to show how the opposition is wrong. But, for the...

Democrats skip townhalls to avoid tea party "patriots" - 06/07/10

... the tantrums that those in the tea parties threw at last summer's public meetings have caused many Democrats to avoid open meetings this time around: Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts. Instead, they've conducted video chats and held meetings in "controlled settings"....

How D.C. Douglas helps Freedomworks and Teaparty - 05/18/10

... the reasons why there's still a tea parties movement is because their loudest opposition is a match for them when it comes to incompetence. The latest example of that opposition's incompetence comes from D.C. Douglas ("DCD"), the voiceover actor who was fired by GEICO Insurance after he left a voicemail for FreedomWorks ("FW").

Maine GOP adopts Tea Party platform, and it's semi-sane - 05/10/10

... Maine GOP has adopted a very tea parties-friendly platform; you can get a PDF with it here. I've only seen the tea partiers do two smart things in all the months I've been covering them; this is - in some ways - the third smart thing. In other ways, it's more of the same libertarian lunacy with a fillip of Randroid extreme insanity. First, some of the insanity/loony/libertarian: Espouse and...

Will teaparty and rightwing bloggers stumble us into amnesty? - 05/09/10

... else: rightwing bloggers and the tea parties might "oppose" amnesty in such a way that makes amnesty more likely. Those in that orbit in effect helped Obama get elected by not opposing him in the correct way (see Obama opponents mistakes, this, and this.) Now, they're applying the same ineffective, less-effective, or counter-productive - but web traffic-generating - techniques to the newly hot...

Why the Tea Parties keep being called racist - 05/05/10

... do. For even more, see my extensive tea parties coverage.

No shame: Teaparty invokes Civil Rights Movement, baby-waves, and engages in bad journalism - 04/29/10

... side of the street (link). The tea parties have magnified this insignificant he said-she said incident through their lens of paranoia and persecution and have even gone beyond Hoft's fevered post with a video entitled "We Shall Overcome Obama's Riot Police" (peekurl.com/v4jpe8c). The video starts with an overdub of "We Shall Overcome", with the footage of the "Mobile Field Force Team" in the...

PJTV whines about taxes for Beverly Hills business as millions unemployed - 04/17/10

... them and those in the general tea parties movement look very bad. With millions of Americans unemployed (a good portion of them long-term), with U.S.'s manufacturing base eroding by the day, with China flooding the U.S. with cheap imports, with Wall Street appropriating billions from the U.S., and all our other problems, Pajamas Media wants you to cry over the taxes paid by the Executive...

If Andrea Nill of CAP can't get Steve King's joke, what else is she unclear on? - 04/16/10

From this (bolding added): Immigrant-rights groups sought to tap some of the "tea party" thunder Thursday by using the anti-tax-and-spending movement's nationwide protests to argue illegal immigrants must be legalized because they are eager to pay their full taxes... "Here there are people who don't want to pay taxes, and we're saying there are all these people who want to carry the load and we...

Chris Stirewalt's fantastical libertarian triumphalism - 04/15/10

... the delusional claim that the tea parties and recent polls indicate that libertarianism is finally becoming popular, that "[l]ibertarian sentiment has finally gone mainstream". First, his definition of libertarianism doesn't comport with reality: A movement that said that people should do whatever they wanted as long as it didn't hurt anyone else couldn't compete during the culture wars that...

Taitz uninvited from tea party event; does Seema Mehta know what a "falsehood" is? - 04/14/10

... Taitz has been disinvited from a tea parties event in Pleasanton on Thursday. And, that was done after politicians who were to appear at the event complained. Taitz is a piece of work, so it's perfectly understandable why Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore wouldn't want to share a stage with her (even if they say they had nothing to do with her being booted from the event). That said, this bit from...

How Crash the Tea Party could be effective (Brendan Steinhauser of Freedomworks knows!) - 04/14/10

... detailed at the following link, the tea parties are a massive magnet for massive stupidity. They can't do anything right and the only reason they aren't little more than an embarrassing blip on U.S. political history is because their opponents are only marginally smarter than they are. Instead of trying to intellectually engage the partiers and show how they're wrong, those opponents have...

Cristina Corbin of Fox tries to distance Tea Party from fringe "conspiracy theories", gets facts wrong - 04/12/10

... 99.99% (or more) of those in the tea parties who engage in hyperbole, conspiracy theories, or just general lunacy are making the other 0.01% (to be generous) look bad. So, Cristina Corbin offers "Tea Party Rallies Remain a Cauldron for Conspiracy Theories" (link). In her quest to distance the partiers from fringe ideas, she gets her facts wrong: Other Tea Party members continue to question the...

Example of tea party being useful idiots (global warming edition) - 04/07/10

... long line of examples of the tea parties being useful idiots, in this case about global warming. It consists of a series of interviews conducted by Bob McCarty at a tea party protest in December. He, among other things, writes for Pajamas Media. This isn't one of their videos as far as I know, and this post isn't really about him or them specifically but is more just an example of how many...

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz completely "p0wns" her Tea Party constituents (Obamacare) - 04/06/10

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz held a townhall about Obama healthcare yesterday and - as with all the other townhalls - the results weren't pretty. Instead of taking effective steps to discredit her, those present (at least on the videos below) asked weak questions that she handled with ease. Yes, those present made their voice heard. And, yes, they have a right to speak. But, the bottom...

Carol Shea-Porter "p0wns" her Teaparty constituents, including a doctor - 04/02/10

... this incredibly stupid, but the tea parties types don't understand how incredibly stupid it all is much less have a plan to correct their problems. For instance, instead of finding a local doctor, they should have found a local lawyer and had him or her "cross-examine" Porter on specific points. And, they should have made sure that the "drunk at the end of the bar" types weren't shouting things...

Jack Cashill shows yet more tea party incompetence, analyzes McClatchy tea parties-as-racists article - 04/02/10

... as a possibility that an anti-tea parties article was scripted in advance. This is how their brains work: instead of concentrating on facts, they have to constantly inflate or mislead (a good commentary about that is this animation: peekURL.com/v2sanxd ).

What Evan Coyne Maloney won't tell you: the tea parties are far worse than the anti-Iraq war protests - 03/31/10

... protesters than they have on the tea parties. It includes a video ( peekURL.com/vs23cy6 ) showing far-lefties and their loopy signs at anti-Bush protests. And, all this is linked by Powerline (powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/03/025964.php) and by, of course, Glenn Reynolds (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/96788). And, all of this is basically a mistake: 1. The loopy signs about Bush from the peace...

Freedom Vigil: Beltway libertarians to restore U.S. liberty one glowstick at a time - 03/26/10

The latest hilariously stupid tea parties-style cheap stunt is a "Freedom Vigil" to be held in Washington DC tomorrow night. "Thousands" - make that more like a few dozen - will gather for a silent walk during which they'll raise glowsticks in the air in order to show their support for liberty (at least according to their definition). And, no, I'm not making that up. Unlike other cheap stunts...

Tea partiers clueless about tax policy (among, of course, other things) - 03/19/10

Bruce Bartlett - former Reagan advisor and Treasury official during the George HW Bush administration - offers "The Misinformed Tea Party Movement/For an antitax group, they don't know much about taxes" (link):

The "war" against amnesty has two fronts: its supporters, and its incompetent or corrupt opponents - 03/18/10

... less clear examples include the tea parties: just as they sat by silently while George W Bush worked against U.S. interests, even those among the "partiers" who pretend to oppose amnesty have sat silently by while those inside the Beltway did things like keep immigration out of the tea partiers' "Contract from America". The tea partiers might be useful if someone can get through to them and...

Tea parties not smart enough to oppose Sen. Robert Menendez in right way, choose pointless recall effort instead - 03/16/10

... cheap, ineffective stunt from the tea parties is a recall effort against New Jersey senator Bob Menendez. A state appeals court has ruled that the recall effort can proceed, but it will probably go to a higher court (link).

"People's Surge Against Obamacare 2.0": another ineffective Freedomworks scheme (Brendan Steinhauser) - 03/12/10

On Tuesday, March 16 FreedomWorks plans a "People's Surge Against Obamacare 2.0" in Washington DC at which they expect "1,000 if not more people" to be "bused in from various parts of the country" in order to protest Obama healthcare. They'll then be sent out on a fool's errand (link): [FreedomWorks' director of federal and state campaigns, Brendan Steinhauser says:] "We're telling people to go...