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.
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 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.
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.