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Tea party struggles to regain lost glory

By DOUG THOMPSON
October 14, 2011

Displaying the kind of political hypocrisy that drives political hyperbole, the tea party is trying to discredit the growing and widespread anti-corporate protest movement as a sham grassroots operation driven by unions and other special interest groups.

In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the tea party — itself bankrolled by the energy Koch Industries energy conglomerate — is sending in infiltrators to try and identify paid union activists.

Videos claiming “debauchery” and “terrorism” now appear on tea-party affiliated web sites.  One video claims to show a anti-wall street protestor defecating on a police car but sources close to the tea party movement say the action was staged and the perpetrator was actually part of the tea party group’s video crew.

“It was street theater,” a tea party member bragged to Capitol Hill Blue.

The tea party actions are part of an organized effort within the faux grassroots movement to regain lost momentum as tea-party back candidates struggle in the GOP Presidential primary circus and polls show support fading for the movement.

“Like Sarah Palin, the tea party is trying to hold on to past glory,” says GOP political operative Seth Davidson. “Their time has passed.”

Recent polls show about one in four of Americans now hold a favorable view of the tea party as a political movement while more than 70 percent of Americans feel tea party-backed members of Congress are to blame for much of the country’s financial woes and the government’s inability to deal with economic problems.

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4 Responses to Tea party struggles to regain lost glory

  1. Sandune

    October 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Good stuff Chief. There is something very slimy and dirty about the entire Tea Party that reflects on a larger scale within the entire Republican Party.

    They are now attacking women who are being raped and denying hospital care. If a woman is miscarrying she must not be allowed in a hospital but left to die on her own. These are consequences of voting for Republicans. A healthy woman trying to have a healthy baby are not important to the GOP. It makes me sick to see this pious bigots praying.

    Ron Paul had nothing to say about the vote in the House yesterday probably because he is running for President. They all claim to be pro-life but do not respect the mother.

  2. Almandine

    October 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    “…more than 70 percent of Americans feel tea party-backed members of Congress are to blame for much of the country’s financial woes…”

    and that, as your piece on the real estate lobby shows, is the best indication of why we do indeed have financial woes. Bush accumulated $4T of debt in the service of special interests and Zero has added another $5T for his cronies in less than half the time.

    The Tea Party backed reps have added zip, zilch, nada, nothing to either the debt or the deficit – but the MSM and big money players irresponsibly paint them with the “blame” brush, all while they continue to work more or less in support of the Tea Party clamors for an end to fiscal debauchery.

    We would have to look back as far as Teapot Dome to find as dysfunctional and as crooked a political system as we have today. Who will fix it? When?

  3. Danny Adams

    October 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    All of which tells me that the Tea Party members are afraid that the Occupy Wall Street protestors are going to eventually become strong enough to get what they want.

    In other news, I just read a pot-kettle editorial complaining about the possibility that Occupy Wall Street was being funded by George Soros.

    By the way, Almandine…

    >>The Tea Party backed reps have added zip, zilch, nada, nothing to either the debt or the deficit<<

    That's not entirely true; some of them voted on the budget that they later fought against this past July and August.

  4. Carl Nemo **==

    October 16, 2011 at 1:35 am

    For some reason I feel this ‘Tea party’ movement is being absorbed into the body of ‘political mushthink’ since its very founding.

    False hopes…even lesser false prophets?

    Carl Nemo **==