..........The Tea Party Is Dead. Long Live the Tea Party.
Its birth certificate says that the tea party was born one month after Barack Obama's inauguration, on the day that CNBC's Rick Santelli delivered a blistering on-air tirade against Obama's mortgage bailout plan. But that's only the official story. In reality, we've seen the tea party before. When FDR was president, it was called the American Liberty League. When JFK was president, it was the John Birch Society. When Bill Clinton was president, it was the Vince Foster conspiracy theorists. America's far right fluoresces like this whenever a Democrat is in the White House, and Obama's first term was no exception.
But the tea party burned bright and fell fast. Sure, it galvanized opposition to Obama in a media-friendly kind of way, and helped power the Republican Party to a big majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterms. But given the state of the economy this was a victory they probably would have won anyway. And on the other side of the Capitol building, the tea party was almost certainly responsible for the loss of three winnable Senate seats that year. By 2012, after tea party forces nominated several more "wackadoodles" (in Republican strategist Steve Schmidt's phrasing) and helped the GOP lose two more winnable Senate seats, its name was officially mud.
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I honestly believe this president could go on national television live and kill a couple of children,
and the press would blame Bush for making Obama snap under the pressure of handling the mess he inherited.
Hollywood would make a documentary about how well he withstood the pressure for so long.
The Dixie Chicks would write a ballad to honor his brave act.
Our feckless Republican Congressmen would send a strongly worded email, demanding that Obama turn himself in whenever it was convenient for him to do so.
The Obamabots would cry in the streets about how unfair the judicial system is for the black folks, and how those kids probably deserved to be killed.
He would take off for another round of golf, while the media would snap photos showing the man struggling with his inner demons.
The White House press corps
(pronounced core, not corpse, Mr. President)
would ask Jay Carney softball questions, which he would dodge.
The Obamas would take another 'well-deserved' vacation,
somewhere tropical so he could re-group in time to come back and take on Washington for the remainder of his term.