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Justin Ruggiero
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Tea Party operatives jeered those who asked "is the tea party dead?" after the defeat of Eric "No True Scotsman Republican" Cantor... but the numbers indicated the Tea Party is still very weak.  Tea Party candidates have a losing record this year.

What can we infer from this data?
1) The Tea Party is losing steam, because blind rage is no substitute for an understanding of high school civics -and the voters can see that, now.
2) Eric Cantor really pissed off his constituents.
On June 10, Eric Cantor faced a stunning and surprising defeat from Tea-Party challenger Dave Brat. While high-profile stories of right-wing challengers unseating sitting incumbents have captivated the news, these tend to be ...
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+Allballz... I'm glad you asked.

This is a highly edited version of the original rant.  I apologize to anyone whose eyeballs I hurt with the wall of text.

First, there is a leadership problem... Michele Bachmann is the leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, and her ignorance is staggering.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/21/michele-bachmann-iowa-misstatements
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/historian-michele-bachmann-blames-fdrs-hoot-smalley-tariffs-for-great-depression.php
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/28/255687/bachmann-founding-fathers-flub/

Lies, flubs, and sheer ignorance.  Now, to be fair, memorizing the presidents isn't critical (and confusing John Adams with John Q. Adams is not a crime); It's more important to understand what happened, and why.   But believing the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery is not only wrong, but embarrassing, especially when one deifies the Founding Fathers. 

The big organizations don't understand the Constitution that they worship.  According to teaparty.org

"Commonsense, Conservative, Constitutional Self-Governance Is Our Mode Of Operation. Yes, we are a Christian nation. However, you do not have to be a Christian to enjoy freedom. The Tea Party welcomes all red-blooded U.S. Citizens."

http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/

Never mind there's no use of the word "Christian" in the Constitution, if the US is a Christian nation, which sort of Christians are in charge?  What are the other red-blooded citizens supposed to do?  Pay taxes to a state-supported church they will resent?  _Burn the countryside_ like the Europeans did during the Thirty Years War?

For the Tea Party as a whole, a majority don't know which president was behind TARP... This was cited as a huge sticking point for the tea party, and this is not ancient history, but they still got it wrong.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tarp-government-bailout-ends-sunday-started-bush-gop/story?id=11765955

Then there are some discrete incidents that I found interesting, but are likely insignificant.  I like to point to the New Hampshire "Magna Carta" Bill as a sure sign the Tea Party is full of kooks, but to be fair, 1)the bill died, and 2) it was just one state legislature -John Boehner didn't propose this on the House floor, it was a bored old man in one of the smaller states.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1580.html

The overall impression I get from the Tea Party is that they believe in some sort of golden age that never happened, project their own desires onto the documents they revere, but don't fully understand, and imagine the Founding Fathers were a monolithic entity in whole agreement with the tea party , even on events and concepts that had not yet come to pass.  When they do something foolish, they get mad and insist they are passionate, not like those evil cynics on the Hill!  But they still don't know what they're doing.

The voters are able to see through the bluster, now.
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I don't have much to say about it, I haven't seen the documentary, yet.  I'm just putting it out there if anyone's interested.
 
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Who asked that Pinko for his opinion?! /Sarcasm
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...and we see again why Mr. Huntsman was never in the running to be the bat-shi...er... ...um... GOP candidate in 2012.
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How can they they keep finding these jerks
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Oh, hey!  Remember due process?  Due process was so cool.
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Yes, but your lawyers will never see it because it's classified +Gary Roth
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No surprise that US citizens hate congress.  The trouble is that the voters like their own congresscritter (the majority voted them in, after all) and hate other people's congresscritters.

Use of the term "dangerous" is a little silly.  Anti-incumbent sentiment is only dangerous for the incumbent, and even that danger is overstated -Eric Cantor will end up being an outlier.
A new Gallup survey finds key midterm election indicators at or approaching historic lows. Satisfaction with the direction of the country is also near rock bottom.
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Eisenhower made some bad moves -he sent advisors to Vietnam and harnessed Islamic Fundamentalism to fight "The Reds", but overall, he's a popular President, and (in my opinion) a good Statesman.  Here's exhibit... Q?  Maybe R.

Lesser men travel to places of honor and bask in the reflected glory of stuff other people did.


(Placed under "foreign policy" for lack of more appropriate category, war being diplomacy by other means.  Please change if needed)
Self-congratulation was mostly alien to the men and women of the World War II generation, starting with Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme commander.
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+Josh Barrera Gloating over the hard work of other people is unseemly, yes.
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NEEERRRDS!

Colbert is way behind on this one.*  Raw Story and Colbert think Jake Rush is a Tea Party Candidate, RedState says Rush is an "establishment" candidate (ie, he has not secured the blessing of Pope Erick I, the true arbiter of what is and is not Conservative).

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is the compare and contrast between Jake Rush (Pretending to be a Vampire), Richard Iott (dressed like a Nazi) and Krystal Ball (seen in naughty photos).  Iott and Ball lost, this Rush guy will probably lose, too.  

I'm sorely tempted to donate to Rush, even though I don't really agree with his positions (FL-3 is going to a Republican, that's moot) because it's really silly people are afraid of Vampire LARPers -for crying out loud, is every man wearing a Manning jersey unfit for office?


*My previous posts on this topic from early April:
https://plus.google.com/101403311494150274600/posts/9y9evSuGuBh
https://plus.google.com/101403311494150274600/posts/L6wQPFFcGGu

#FL-3 #larp
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Wait, there's a vampire candidate? I could sink my teeth into that...
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You had me at "You." -Ethan
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I picked up a flat cap last night.  It's black, but made of cotton, so I think it will do nicely for spring, though come summer, I'm debating a white cap vs. something made of straw, like a panama hat.

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A follow-up to a previous Article I posted.*

Florida LARPer Jake Rush has received an outpouring of support from nerds and gamers regarding the revelation he pretends to be a blood-sucking monster on weekends (sounds like good practice for DC, har har).

Ultimately, I don't think he will beat Ted Yoho in the primary.  He did make a donation to  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a _bete noir_ to the Republicans, which is a hard thing to explain away.

*This one:  https://plus.google.com/101403311494150274600/posts/9y9evSuGuBh
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