Monday 6 July 2009

The teabagger movement collapses

So what happened to Tea Party II? That was supposed to be the thunderous Independence Day sequel to the April teabaggery. From what I’ve seen of the press reports so far, there seems to be a pattern: a tea party event is announced for the Fourth, turnout is much lower than expectations, the organizers claim that turnout was higher than reported, they game the system by claiming that all those folks who just showed up for the fireworks and the Tilt-A-Whirl were really teabaggers too, and then they complain that the media is either ignoring them or lowballing the turnout numbers.

So all that’s left of the teabagger movement is the far, far, far right hardcore. Two signs that this is true: First, white supremacists, racist groups and the neo-Nazis are targeting the teabagger gatherings for recruiting. Second, at one event they were booing John Cornyn! John Cornyn, the rightwing loon who has helped lead the effort to obstruct everything Obama does, and even threatened a filibuster if they tried to seat Franken in the Senate! Even Cornyn was booed and called a traitor, by the teabaggers – that’s how far to the right the hardcore wingnut base has gone!

And thus the GOP effort to whip up hate against our first black president has ended not with a bang but with a whimper.

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