Friday, November 20, 2009

Yeah, who could have seen THAT coming?


When teabagging turns ugly:

Tea partyers turn on each other

After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum.

The grass-roots activists driving the movement have become increasingly divided on such core questions as whether to focus their efforts on shaping policy debates or elections, work on a local, regional, state or national level or closely align themselves with the Republican Party, POLITICO found in interviews with tea party organizers in Washington and across the country.

Then there's the unfortunate imagery:

Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, a nonprofit that has conducted organizer-training sessions for many tea party activists, said “the next three to six months” are going to be critical in determining “what’s going to happen with the tea party movement. Are they going to be a bunch of fingers, or are they going to come together to be a fist?”

Because when you're a teabagger, nothing says "credibility" like introducing fingers and fists into the conversation. Time to put the CC HQ comedy writers on high alert. It's going to be a good winter.

8 comments:

Balbulican said...

Fringe movements at the extremes of the right and the left inevitably splinter into acrimonious factions. Too many disparate interests, too litle discipline, too much ego, too much obsession with dogmatic minutiae. Fun to watch, though.

Ti-Guy said...

Fingering, fisting and teabagging...

...nope. I got nothing.

jj said...

You'd almost think the whole teabagger thing was being run by Democrats in order to split the vote on the right. But it takes a wingnut to say something like "come together to be a fist" in this context and not understand why people think it's funny.

Frank Frink said...

Never mind the "come together to be a fist". I'm waiting for them to start using the "bundle of rods" rhetoric and imagery. You know it's coming.

Metro said...

Let me know when one of them decides to use the word "felch" in a political context.

It'll happen, I'm sure.

Betcha it turns out to be McCain that does it.

Kelseigh said...

"...the CC HQ comedy writers..."

You mean the Blogging Tories, right?

sooey said...

Yeah. Remember when the Reform Party changed its name to CCRAP and Canadians were like "haha!" and then it swallowed the Progressive Conservative Party whole and Canadians were like, "hey look, a NEW Conservative Party!" and voted for it?

CC said...

Speaking of felching, ...