Monday, February 22, 2010

CPAC kooks, Tea Bagger kooks, GOP kooks

Caution: viewer discretion advised. Readers may become dizzy while trying to unravel recent changes in Republican lineage. Herewith, the begats:

Let’s start with what we know: out of 2,900 votes delegates to the CPAC convention picked libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul as their far away presidential favorite with 31 percent. Yet, CPAC officials were embarrassed at the logical outcome.

Furthermore, most people credit Paul as father of the Tea Party movement. So why are three Tea Party candidates challenging Paul’s re-election to congress in the primary?

Enter Sarah Palin, stage right of course. She spoke at the Tea Party convention but did not even attend the CPAC convention. As a consequence, she ran fourth in their presidential beauty contest.

Palin has endorsed Paul. Not Ron. His son, Rand, who is running for another seat in another state. You think she will endorse Ron?

Palin has also endorsed John McCain, who has a nut-case running against him. And some Tea Baggers rail against Palin’s support of McCain.

Still with me?

All of this is against a new backdrop -- the resurgence of the ultra, ultra far right John Birch Society as a co-sponsor of the CPAC convention. The Birchers were kicked out of the GOP maybe fifty years ago. What changed?

One after another CPAC speakers called for violence in some form or another. The Republicans, fearing the Tea Party mob at the gates, have become more militant. The GOP is adopting de facto the Tea Party creed – if it moves, bite it. Repeatedly, the CPAC speakers raised the blood lust. Even mild-mannered Mn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty advocated smashing government windows (?) with nine irons. And there was Tom Tancredo, with his poorly-disguised racist crap.

And Glen Beck braying there is no need for a GOP big tent. He never was good at math. Read this, Glen: In just a few years, the white population majority will flat-line as the new minority in the U.S. (Prediction: Beck's speech will gnaw on the GOP and he will lose support.)

Conclusion: By a thin margin, there are more CPAC kooks than Tea Party kooks.

Worse. There are more of them than there are of us.

6 comments:

Ken said...

Thanks for the coverage, George. It's good to know someone is covering this alarming call to arms.

The South Plainsman said...

http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2010/02/22/pin_the_bogeyman_on_the_tea_party_98353.html

Anonymous said...

the birchers! flouridation! help me, jesus!


General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Lord, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen forty-six, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Uh, Jack, Jack, listen, tell me, tell me, Jack. When did you first... become... well, develop this theory?
General Jack D. Ripper: Well, I, uh... I... I... first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
General Jack D. Ripper: Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
General Jack D. Ripper: I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women uh... women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I, uh... I do not avoid women, Mandrake.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No.
General Jack D. Ripper: But I... I do deny them my essence.

The South Plainsman said...

http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2010/02/the_eye_of_the_beholder.php

Blog of Ages said...

Get your litmus test right here.

Form three lines.

JohnSBoles said...

"There are more of them than there are of us."

I must happily disagree. And I offer as proof, human progress. From the control of fire through the drafting of our own Constitution and continuing I submit all is the result of progressive thought. Those who would stand still or would wish to live in the past will be left behind every time they raise their pointed heads. They cannot create any lasting damage.

I love it when they claim the founding fathers as their own. Rubbish. The conservatives of that day were the Tories.

Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and the rest are taking all this in sporting grins of knowing amusement.

Progress can surely be slowed to a crawl but it will not stop.

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