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The tea parties, angry townhall ranters didn't have much impact on Obamacare "debate" - 09/08/09

If the tea parties and angry townhall ranters had much of an impact on the "debate" over Obama healthcare, one would expect them to be crowing about it and one wouldn't expect to see things such as a Gallup poll showing the poll numbers of the plan mostly unchanged from the beginning of August to the end. One of the bellwethers when it comes to hackery is Ed Morrissey of HotAir, and he's not...

The tea parties aren't just for extremist libertarian Randroids. Oh, no. Of course not. - 09/06/09

... shows the extent to which the tea parties and those in their orbit are open to Randroid concepts. And, it shows the extent to which the tea partiers/libertarians/Ron Paul supporter types rely on stunts rather than being able to engage their opponents in debate: at the end, she holds up a $20 bill and urges her representative to come and take it away from her in order to give it to someone else....

Al Franken shows incompetence of Tea Party leaders, how they help Obama - 09/05/09

... or most are presumably from a tea parties group. On the video, Franken shows just how incompetent the leaders of the tea parties are: he completely rolls over his opponents, giving what amounts to a lecture on the topic and handily answering the questions they have. If I had my way, instead of a group of tea partiers asking him questions, just one or two people who are familiar with "...

More Tea Party brilliance: an answer video to a U-movie actress - 08/26/09

... Reynolds elucidates that one of the tea parties groups has a new site: teaparty.thearenausa.com/insight/home.jsp While I enjoy :33 to :37 of the video in the upper right corner of that page (attached hereto), I have to wonder: - Why are they falling into the LBJ/Paul Krassner trap of denying they're racists? The correct way to deal with things like that is to show how their opponents are lying...

Demagogues get wish: Jim Moran townhall "descends into chaos" - 08/25/09

... things. Instead of doing that, the tea parties types are cheapening already abysmal debate in the U.S. They aren't trying to undercut the MSM and politicians by asking tough questions. The fault for that lies with their incompetent and demogogic leaders. More on that here and in many other posts. Note also the Glenn Reynolds post linked from here in which he said: a reader suggests: "It would...

"Energy Citizens": tea partiers' love for corporations goes unrequited (FreedomWorks) - 08/23/09

... fashion. If you've been following our tea parties coverage, you're probably thinking: "corporate astroturf? Call in the tea partiers!" And, in fact, FreedomWorks did call them in to the Houston rally. However, those inside the meeting apparently didn't want to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi and turned them away, as you can see on the attached video. Bear in mind that the source is Public...

Dick Durbin probably gets a chuckle from the tea parties' ineffective and childish chants - 08/22/09

... Dick". They're presumably from the tea parties or allied groups, and they're presumably protesting against Obama healthcare. When he was in kindergarten, Durbin probably had other kids make the same chant on the playground. But, since those chanting aren't on a playground and appear to be grown-ups, this is yet another example of how the "partiers" - and especially their leaders - can't use...

Tea partiers reach final stage, get their own blimp (Americans for Prosperity balloon) - 08/19/09

... argument. Starting earlier this year, the tea parties-promoting "grassroots" group Americans for Prosperity (linked to the Koch family [1], which is in the energy business) skipped the dress-up game stage and went straight for the gold: they've been conducting their own "2009 Nationwide Hot Air Tour" featuring a "70-foot-tall hot air balloon" (hotairtour.org, [2]): "This cap-and-trade scheme is...

OMG! Sheila Jackson-Lee uses cell phone during a constituent's worthless rant and before useless question from another - 08/12/09

If this were a worthless cable TV-style site, we'd be all over the video of Sheila Jackson Lee using her cellphone at a townhall while a constituent engages in a rant (video link). So, I'll leave the expected reaction to HotAir [1]. Instead, I'll point out that the video is little more than entertainment; it's not going to have an effect on much of anything. SJL's supporters are going to continue...

Tea partiers meet Rep. Lloyd Doggett; grown-up high-level debate, intellectualism ensue - 08/02/09

... specific policies, a group from the tea parties showed up and began chanting "just say no!" in an apparent attempt to show how dumb, childish, and much like ACORN they are. Needless to say, this depressing display is being promoted by Glenn Reynolds, who says: "Remember, protest is patriotic!". Grow up.

"Operation Embarrass Your Congressman": OK, but better questions please - 08/02/09

... from the primordial ooze, the tea parties might be growing a brain. Someone who appears part of that overall movement has started a new campaign called "Operation Embarrass Your Congressman" (link) which is highly similar to my two-and-a-half year old plan outlined in the question authority summary. Since February 2007, I've spent countless hours urging people to go to appearances by politicians...

Glenn Reynolds stoops to promoting giving politicians "bunny ears" - 07/12/09

... way this is emblematic of the tea parties: rather than engaging their opponents in debate, they engage in childish, unintelligent, and ultimately completely ineffective behavior. And, I say that not as a Grijalva supporter, but as someone who'd like to see him discredited. He was first mentioned here over six years ago, and subsequent posts discussing him have pointed out that he's not just a...

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress misleads about Joe the Plumber immigration comments at tea party - 07/06/09

... what does anyone expect from the tea parties? Partly because JTP doesn't really know what he's talking about, that made it easier for Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress to write the misleading blog post "Joe The Plumber Says Immigrants Should Get 'The Hell Out Of Our Damn Country'" [1]. Here are some of the ways she's misleading her readers: 1. The title is misleading, if not an outright lie. It's...

Tea Parties for July 4th: locations, live coverage for Independence Day - 07/03/09

... the July 4th Independence Day tea parties in this post. In the meantime, if you're looking for specific locations where you can protest and wave your loopy signs, see teapartypatriots.org, surgeusa.org/actions/july4.htm, teapartyday.com, or reteaparty.com/teaparties. But, before you go, please take a look at my extensive tea parties summary. At that page, I lay out all the reasons why those who...

More tea party stupidity from Jim Geraghty - 07/02/09

... plan (after attending one of the tea parties). As (Instapundit) and I have noted, chanting and waving signs are great, but if you really want to influence the way government works, you have to put yourself in front of the folks who make the decisions. And those at the lowest levels - city and town councils, mayors, county boards, members of Congress - are rarely used to crowds of people...

"Where the Congressman Isn't", or more tea party briliance (Mark Kirk, cap and trade) - 06/30/09

... how clueless the leaders of the tea parties are (bolding added):

Glenn Reynolds, RedState promote anti-intellectualism and intimidation (completely ineffective protest against Tim Bishop, tea parties) - 06/24/09

The attached video shows a group from the "Conservative Society for Action" protesting at a town hall meeting held by Long Island Rep. Tim Bishop. It's difficult to describe just how idiotic it is. Rather than going inside and trying to engage him in debate about his policies, they stand outside waving loopy signs, conducting a sing-a-long, and chanting various slogans. Not only that, but they...

0.005% of Los Angeles' population turns out for massive tea party ("GayPatriot" doesn't approve comment) - 05/18/09

As the world goes to heck, the tea parties continue on whining at a heretofore unseen pace, with a massive protest in Westwood, California momentously occuring yesterday. The world-changing protest featured a whopping 150-200 people, equivalent to 0.005% of the population of the city of Los Angeles. That will hold back the forces of Antonio Villaraigosa and Arnold Schwarzenegger! Their iron-...

Tea parties continue mostly helping Obama at new, relaxed pace - 05/10/09

Remember how all the tea parties forced a sea change in Washington DC as formerly corrupt political hacks - weighed down by the tons of tea bags they'd received - changed their ways? Yeah, me neither. In fact, Obama will probably be into his second term before many of those involved realize just how dumb their leaders are. * One slight glimmer of non-stupidity comes to us from Buffalo, where the...

"CodeRed": angry renters, tea partiers descend on Tucson city council meeting (Instapundit misleads) - 05/06/09

Here's what Glenn Reynolds says (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/78071): MORE LOCAL ACTIVISM: Tucson Tea Party sends 1000 activists to City Council Meeting. I don't need to tell you that the truth is a bit different: 1. The page he links (tucsonteaparty.org/?p=6) says that more than 1000 turned out, yet the two MSM reports linked only say more than 700. The third doesn't give a number. And, the...

Obama baits tea party protesters; will they be able to figure out what he's doing? (no) - 04/29/09

... electoral impact whatsoever. The "tea parties" give every leader what they want: a small, ineffective, fringe opposition. This is akin to, say, Bill OReilly baiting CodePink and then sending out a camera crew to take pictures of their loopy signs at their protest against him. The "tea party" leaders aren't smart enough to figure any of that out and to create a broad-based movement. Instead, they...

Tea party hilarity: Randy Barnett promotes Constitutional Convention to repeal federal income tax - 04/24/09

The leaders of the tea parties are more hilarious - and incapable of doing math - than ever, as Randy Barnett takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to offer "The Case for a Federalism Amendment/How the Tea Partiers can make Washington pay attention" (link). He proposes a feint involving a Constitutional Convention which would then encourage Congress to do away with the federal income tax...

Jim Geraghty/NRO's idiotic ACORN-style plan (+ his idiotic email reply) - 04/23/09

... Spot" weighed in on where the tea parties should go next and offered the following idiotic, ACORN-style plan (link, bolding added): If 100-1,000 people show up at a rally, the event may or may not get media coverage, and that coverage may or may not be snarky or dismissive. Congressmen may or may not notice, and the President's spokesman will announce he's not aware of them... But if 100-1,000...

ReTeaParty.com's righteous Randroid rant - 04/22/09

ReTeaParty.com was involved in the past tea parties in some way and is currently planning a series of "parties" for July 4. At their site, they stress how independent and non-partisan they are. "Non-partisan" in this case apparently means "anyone who isn't reflexively sickened by Randroids", as they offer a video entitled "This is John Galt Speaking | A Montage of Modern History": link. It's 6:35...

Intelligent & classy: Congressman heckled, booed at South Carolina tea party - 04/18/09

... plumbing these depths is what the tea parties leaders want. 2. The reception might cause him to change his policies and I don't know enough about SC politics to say what the impact would be; he might end up losing after alienating more moderate voters. 3. Even if he changes his policies and all the other politicians in SC are forced to abide by the wishes of those at the party, they'll have "won...

Jan Schakowsky: tea parties are "despicable". Here's how to affect her political career - 04/18/09

... Schakowsky of Illinois said that the tea parties are "despicable" and "shameful." Now, Glenn Reynolds informs us (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/76900) that she'll be making an appearance at the Peoria County Democratic Women's May Day Dinner on May 3 (link), saying: I WONDER IF ANY “TEA PARTY” PROTESTERS WILL SHOW UP?... There were 3,000 Tea Party protesters in Peoria. They might take exception...

Tea party turnout number: should you trust Pajamas Media or Silver's MSM-based estimate? - 04/18/09

... 300,000 turned out for all the tea parties (link). And, he does that by linking almost 400 events in cities across the nation to local reports with their estimates of the turnout. On the other hand, pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/76884 links to pajamasmedia.com/blog/pjtvs-crowd-estimates-for-tea-parties-still-climbing: The estimated number of participants in yesterday’s tea parties - sent in by...

HotAir unwittingly shows futility, stupidity, perniciousness of tea parties (Susan Roesgen) - 04/17/09

... futile, stupid, and pernicious the tea parties are: link. Both of them feature CNN reporter Susan Roesgen; watch the second first which features her puffball coverage of far-lefties holding a friendly, running protest near Obama's house in Chicago. The first video on the Hot Air page was shot after a live report by Roesgen (the live report is linked and described here). It features a...

Hartford tea party draws 3000; Instapundit thinks that would worry Chris Dodd - 04/15/09

... the Grand Strategist for the tea parties was a huge mistake. There are about 1 million people in the general Hartford area and 3.5 million people in the state. Meaning that the attendance at the party was 0.3% of the population of the MSA and less than 0.1% of those in the state. In 2004, he got almost 1 million votes; the 3000 is 0.3% of that. His GOP opponent got half a million votes; the 3,...

Ed Morrissey makes reasonable albeit unrealistic case for tea parties - 04/15/09

... definitely not the one that the tea parties are projecting to the world. Rather, their objection is to taxes in general, and in many or most cases not out of ideology but simply out of extreme self-centeredness. Many leftie useful idiots actually want what's best for the U.S., even if what they support would actually be counter-productive. Many or most of those at the "parties" have absolutely...

Tax Day Tea Party open thread: turnout numbers, pictures, sanity... (UPDATE: "They wanted to be like Code Pink") - 04/15/09

The Tax Day Tea Parties are finally here! All across the U.S., a sub-miniscule fraction of the U.S. population will be standing on street corners holding signs that will make them look bad and ultimately help Barack Obama by giving the false impression that his opposition is "mean-spirited" and weak in numbers. Pictures and turn-out numbers will follow as this momentous (for them) day progresses...

Tea parties have arrived! Paul Krugman does hit piece on them. - 04/13/09

... York Times might have done the tea parties a great big favor by giving them a great big pinata to whack at: the fact that Krugman tries to do a hit piece on them (link). Shortly after engaging in ad hominems and losing his train of thought for a few paragraphs, he says this: ...it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake...

HuffPost, The Atlantic, LGF, Gawker, Sullivan, C&L, & more spread smear video (Glenn Beck, "burn the books") - 04/12/09

The attached video is a local meetup for Glenn Beck's "912 Project" and features someone who's probably genuine giving an anti-Communism and partly paranoid rant. However, near the five minute mark, a lady's voice is heard shouting out "burn the books". She's then challenged by a male attendee who asks her whether she's serious; she replies that yes she is. It's pretty clear that the book burning...

Honk three times if you're on the road to Idiocracy: bombastic Bob Basso gives final tea party talk - 04/11/09

... you'd expect, and it pushes the tea parties even further down the road to Idiocracy. Previous sign posts on that road have included mailing tea bags to politicians. The current sign post Basso is aiming for is for people to honk their horns three times at noon on April 15. No, I'm not kidding. For all his bombastic dire warnings about things that (presumably) Obama is going to do, Basso is...

Tea party schism? Will powerful backers try to push amnesty despite wishes of base? - 04/09/09

... Kochtopus are all involved in the tea parties in one way or another. And, all of them support massive immigration and would probably support new amnesty plans. (For past support, see Norquist and Armey). How exactly would that work out? Would those tea party backers try to convince the tea party base - which presumably is strongly opposed to amnesty - to give in? Would they play fun games, such...

Instapundit chats with tea party "facilitator" from Koch-linked group - 04/08/09

... the latest on the "grassroots" tea parties: PJTV: I talk with PubliusPundit - and Tucson Tea Party organizer - Robert Mayer, and with Tea Party facilitators Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks and Chris Bond of Americans for Prosperity about tea parties and where they should go next. Click their name's link for more on the AFP; at least as of November of last year the chairman of their foundation's board...

ACORN denies knowledge of "tea parties". Ergo, they must be planning to sabotage them - 04/08/09

... infiltrating and sabotaging the tea parties. This rumor has now spread to Neil Cavuto on Fox News; they might have actual sources, or they might have just been relying on the original unsubstantiated claim. Over to Adam Serwer at TAPPED (link): I called up ACORN Executive Director Steve Kest and asked him about it. "I saw some mention of this on a blog, I have no idea even what the tea parties...

ACORN doesn't need to sabotage the tea parties, they're doing a bang-up job on their own - 04/06/09

... the last 300 organizers of the tea parties - is that ACORN is trying to sabotage the "parties" [1]. There's certainly the possibility that they might be doing that, but they don't need to for at least a couple reasons: 1. The partiers are already doing a great job marginalizing and discrediting themselves on their own, and 2. The "parties" are a great way to keep Obama's opponents occupied doing...

Winner! Tea party in deep blue district draws 300 where Dem Rep. got 103,033 votes; 0.2% of all those who voted - 04/04/09

If there's one thing the tea parties have taught us, it's that Glenn Reynolds is not a math professor. The "parties" are using a technique - street protests - that rely on sheer numbers. Yet, the numbers just aren't there: there are only so many "kulaks" [1] in the general population. Instead of working smarter and asking politicians tough questions on video, they're working mindlessly and...