Tea and antipathy

The tea parties, or “teabagging parties” as sophomoric leftists like to call them with tongue (or whatever) firmly in cheek, have generated quite a bit of hot air over the past few days.

It didn’t get much hotter than Janeane Garofalo, comedienne, political pundit and, apparently, eminent neuroscientist, on Countdown:

You know, there is nothing more interesting than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they’re not quite certain what he thinks. It sounds right to them, and then it doesn’t make sense. Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about.

To which Keith Olbermann replied, playing the fawning toady like Igor to Garofalo’s Frankenstein:

That’s right.

That guy is one tough, hard-hitting journalist, I tell you what.

La Janeane continued:

They don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that. And, you know, you can tell these type of right-wingers anything and they’ll believe it, except the truth. You tell them the truth and they become — it’s like showing Frankenstein’s monster fire. They become confused, angry, highly volatile.

That guy caused in them feelings they don’t know because of their limbic brain — we’ve discussed before, the limbic brain inside a right- winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist — the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person. And it is pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring.

My synapses are misfiring — that’s what’s wrong with me! Oh, thank God, Dr. Garofalo has diagnosed my disorder. I don’t really hate blacks and Hispanics and gays and everyone else who doesn’t look and think and mate exactly like me — it’s just my limbic brain and frontal lobes that aren’t working right. Now I can get treatment, stop being a psychotic racist and vote Democratic like a normal person.

Later in the segment, after opining that anyone who wasn’t a white male could only be a Republican or attend a tea party if they were suffering from Stockholm Syndrome (so maybe I don’t need brain surgery, just therapy?) Dr. Garofalo remarked,

I didn’t know there were so many racists left. I didn’t know that. As I said, the Republican hype in the conservative movement has now crystallized into the white power movement.

To which Igor the hard-hitting journalist replied:

Your point is terrifying, that there are that many racists left.

White power movement? How could I have missed that? There must have been some “code words” on those tea party signs that I wasn’t smart enough to figure out but mad scientist Garofalo was. Maybe “Stop generational theft” is really white-bigot code for “I hate black people”? Of course. If you remove the s, the t, the o and the p from the first word, put the 8th letter of the second word in their place… How could I have been so stupid? I mean, it’s just so obvious.

Pajama Pundit has a full transcript of this erudite piece of political analysis. More blog commentary here, here, here, here and here.

Regarding the tea parties (and not Garofalo’s analysis of them), the Paragraph Farmer, Anchoress and others too numerous to count weigh in. Michelle Malkin gives the lie to all the “lackluster turnout” reports.

New Mexico bloggers Haussamen, Monahan, Burgos and Towanda weigh in, as does Errors of Enchantment‘s Paul Gessing, who thinks neither the Republican nor Democrat commentators truly understand what the tea parties mean:

The rallies, while they did take place on tax day, were not really about taxes. Rather, they were, I believe, an expression of frustration at Republicans and Democrats, both of whom have supported out-of-control spending, bailouts, government takeovers and subsidies of private business, and unbelievable increases in indebtedness levels for the better part of the last decade. The unfortunate truth is that the Obama Administration has simply continued and expanded upon many of Bush’s policies and the people who work every day and make this country great are not happy. That is the message I got from the tea parties (at least in Albuquerque where politicians were specifically kept out of the limelight).

He is right, of course. This is about taxes, but isn’t just about taxes — and it certainly isn’t about President Obama being black. I’ve heard a lot of griping from people on left about how if that’s true, why weren’t there any tea parties when Bush was president? Well, the worst of this mess started just before the 2008 election. There weren’t quite enough straws on the camel’s back last fall. We didn’t know as much then as we do now about what caused the mess, and a Treasury Secretary who couldn’t pay his own taxes properly hadn’t decided that mortgaging our children’s future and taking over a sizable chunk of corporate America was the best solution to the mess.

And then, speaking of children, there’s Wonkette. Classy, wonderful Wonkette, making fun of a little child by putting his picture under the caption, “Vulgar fat child attends teabagging rally” and commenting:

You sure look proud, you swollen little vulgarian. We liked conservatives a lot better when they went to church and didn’t walk around in public flashing cartoon porn at everybody. Enjoy your life on welfare!

Personally, I think anyone who thinks making fun of children in this way is fair political game ought to have his limbic brain and frontal lobes examined.

Comments 9

  1. JT wrote:

    Well done!

    Olbermann is, as I stated earlier, a clownish joke of a man and is about as entitled to be called a Journalist as my Dog, Diogenes.

    I accused, apparently wrongly, Dan of stealing his stuff earlier because Dan’s views, as expressed here, seemed straight down the line with Olbermann’s as relates to the GOP and Bush. I would be interested to see what Dan might think of him but he doesn’t get that channel. Lucky him.

    Olbermann is a sportscaster/bad comedian/script reader for the leftist fools who produce his show. Unfortunately for them it isn’t selling well, but here comes Nancy Pelosi and company to try to dictate what stations say or to force them to give equal time to the opposing view, as if there is only ever one and not ten. I will say that I do support something like equal time (within reason) for publically funded stations, but that is usually the procedure already at most of them, I believe.

    It was a complete riot when Olbermann was upset about not being considered (let alone getting) the Meet The Press gig. One of my friends is a producer at NBC news in New York City and he (a dedicated left winger and a very nice guy) told me that Olbermann is the most narcissistic “talking head” he ever saw in his 20 years in the business.

    Let’s be honest about J. Garofalo as well. She is a failure on so many levels, I almost pity her. I do pity her. She will do and say anything to get on and get mentioned in the news and this is just that sort of thing. You shouldn’t put too much on what she says she thinks because she obviously doesn’t think at all and I honestly believe she holds no political opinion save that “Republicans are bad”.

    I will bet my fortune on it that she will not die well. I’m guessing suicide when the time comes where no matter what outrageous statement she makes no one will listen or publish it and Ben Stiller is no longer willing to throw her a bone with a role.

    I respect your opinion on this but I do have to say that she is best ignored. This feeds her delusion of wisdom and importance. Feeds the idea among unthinking leftists (a specific group and not all leftists) that she is on to something. No one in the mainstream embraces her and the South Park guys nailed her wonderfully in Team America! I feel bad for her father, who apparently is aware of how off the tracks she is.

    Posted 18 Apr 2009 at 7:16 am
  2. Towanda wrote:

    Not only was I unaware that I have a limbic system that is causing my synapses to misfire, it comes as quite a shock to me to find out that I am a racist and a homophobe. Or that I am a right wing extremist … and that all the members of my family who are veterans are also potential terrorists.

    Who knew?

    Posted 18 Apr 2009 at 2:47 pm
  3. Rationalview wrote:

    1. Thanks for posting that story.

    2. It seems that rednecks are a minority and should be a protected species. Lord knows, they seem to be a “self-protected” species due to their interest in weaponry. Show some love for the rednecks. Ford needs to sell more of those trucks, y’know.

    Posted 18 Apr 2009 at 4:42 pm
  4. Pot War wrote:

    Keith Olbermann is a douche. He sucked on sportscenter and is even more ridiculous as a political commentator. Howe come only no-talent white guys can get a job like that. MSNBC needs more Hispanics. Hell, they ought to create a Dept of Hispanic affairs at the network so that Hispanics will be more fairly represented. I’m sure MSNBC could just as easily find a Latino blowhard to fill Olbermann’s role, and undoubtedly a Hispanic will do it with a lot more style. Arriba! Arriba!

    P.S. How much you want to bet that Olbermann has done a LOT of pot?

    Posted 18 Apr 2009 at 9:36 pm
  5. Brigette Russell wrote:

    Not only was I unaware that I have a limbic system that is causing my synapses to misfire

    And don’t forget the Stockholm Syndrome. As a woman, you can only be a conservative if you have that, since if you weren’t so befuddled by your white male oppressors, you’d know you really ought to be a leftist.

    Posted 19 Apr 2009 at 3:45 am
  6. Towanda wrote:

    I think you’re right, Brigette. Doggone it, we conservative women must have just had too many white male oppressors in our past that we were forced to develop the Stockholm Syndrome to survive what we were going through. I am glad Dr. Garafolo has been able to clear a lot of this up for me!

    Posted 19 Apr 2009 at 3:34 pm
  7. Pot War wrote:

    Forget the tea parties. Here’s a much better protest.


    Posted 20 Apr 2009 at 8:58 pm
  8. Patrick wrote:

    That’s a clever post headline, Brigette. Nice riff on “tea and sympathy.”

    Posted 21 Apr 2009 at 1:40 pm
  9. Daria wrote:

    Really worthwhile post. Pay

    Posted 18 May 2013 at 3:12 pm

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