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2012-08-07 11:35:51 AM
Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle what conservatives imagine the liberal mainstream media to be

/with heavy assist from The Onion
 
2012-08-07 11:43:52 AM
To be fair, some MSM outlets did run stories on Cruz's rise in the polls since he ran behind Dewhurst by a 45 to 34 percent margin in the May 29 primary. And it's not uncommon for a second-place finisher to overcome the primary winner in a runoff.

But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.


except the club for growth spent $1.5 million on ads supporting cruz over dewhurst in the primary. not exactly david v. goliath.
 
2012-08-07 11:57:49 AM
Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?
 
2012-08-07 12:00:13 PM
But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know

yes, actually - everyone IS aware of this trend. the few remaining sane/stable members of the GOP are being purged during primary races and replaced with much more divisive and insane members of the tea party. its rather nice of the tea baggers to get rid of 'safe seat' incumbents that the Democrats could NEVER touch in a million years. thanks guys! keep up the good work!
 
2012-08-07 12:00:20 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


Your hangups with the accusation of racism are about as tiring and boring as the people who frivolously claim it. Welcome to "Part of the Problem."
 
2012-08-07 12:01:22 PM

Diogenes: cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?

Your hangups with the accusation of racism are about as tiring and boring as the people who frivolously claim it. Welcome to "Part of the Problem."


Ya know what.... there actually might be some truth behind your statement.
 
2012-08-07 12:03:12 PM
In contrast, the MSM has been happy to celebrate the much smaller and often violent Occupy movement and characterize it as "mostly nonviolent."

I don't think getting your ass beat down by the cops counts as being 'violent'. OWS is usually the victim of the cops, not the other way around.
 
2012-08-07 12:03:25 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


Color *me* shocked...
 
2012-08-07 12:03:25 PM
I think you meant "lamestream media", trollmitter.
 
2012-08-07 12:04:50 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-07 12:34:14 PM

Weaver95: But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know

yes, actually - everyone IS aware of this trend. the few remaining sane/stable members of the GOP are being purged during primary races and replaced with much more divisive and insane members of the tea party. its rather nice of the tea baggers to get rid of 'safe seat' incumbents that the Democrats could NEVER touch in a million years. thanks guys! keep up the good work!


I think they're confusing "baffled" with "eyerolling and contemptuous sarcasm."
 
2012-08-07 01:42:16 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


He's cuban. They're the Good Brown People.
 
2012-08-07 01:42:42 PM

thomps: To be fair, some MSM outlets did run stories on Cruz's rise in the polls since he ran behind Dewhurst by a 45 to 34 percent margin in the May 29 primary. And it's not uncommon for a second-place finisher to overcome the primary winner in a runoff.

But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.

except the club for growth spent $1.5 million on ads supporting cruz over dewhurst in the primary. not exactly david v. goliath.


Shhh... you're spoiling their "populist upstart" narrative.
 
2012-08-07 01:45:01 PM
Rick Romero reports that primary battles are sometimes won by the more extreme members of a political party who are not particularly representative of the country as a whole. More at 11.
 
2012-08-07 01:48:36 PM
Yessssss, RCP! I just need Breitbart to make D-E-R-P-O!
 
2012-08-07 01:49:26 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


I would say most members of the Tea Party are not "racist" (at least in the level that most people deem "racists" I think everyone is prejudice to some extent) HOWEVER a portion of the Tea Party IS racist and that groups is tolerated by the tea party at large, therefore most of the group gets labeled as "racists".

If you don't want to be labeled racists then run those people out of your group. The Tea Party won't do that.
 
2012-08-07 01:51:06 PM

Imperialism: Yessssss, RCP! I just need Breitbart to make D-E-R-P-O!


Did you remember to count The Blaze link in the sports tab?
 
2012-08-07 01:52:04 PM
There is no "liberal" mainstream media.
 
2012-08-07 01:52:05 PM
That's not "Chicago values," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, although there are many Chicagoans on both sides of this issue, just as many are on both sides, in varying proportions, throughout the country.

I don't think I could ever find a more useless statement.

In Huntsville, Ala., YouTube celebrity Antoine Dodson, who is openly gay, dined at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday... he has something to teach the liberal mainstream media about the spirit of the Founders.

Oh wait, here's one.
 
2012-08-07 01:52:38 PM
Ack! This thard is harting my brian.
 
2012-08-07 01:53:56 PM

cman: I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


We've been over this repeatedly. The tea party has been a convenient hitching post for numerous racist organizations and they've done little to nothing to refute or excommunicate them because it bolsters their numbers.

Tolerating the significant presence of racists for political expedience may not itself be racist, but it is still dishonorable.

Your continued feigned ignorance is tiring.
 
2012-08-07 01:54:18 PM
"Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media"

Yes, like voting out effective veteran legislators in favor of Tea Party freshmen who will find out that perpetual anger works pretty well for getting elected, but not for actually getting any bills passed (or in many cases even brought to the floor for a vote).

2012 will be the first time many Tea Party candidates have to seek re-election. We'll see how their constituents think they've done.
 
2012-08-07 01:56:25 PM
And by Americans we mean southern rednecks and homophobes.
 
2012-08-07 01:57:09 PM
the lamestream driveby liberal media conspiracy
 
2012-08-07 01:57:39 PM

shastacola: And by Americans we mean southern rednecks and homophobes.


HEY. I'm no homophobe.
 
2012-08-07 01:59:19 PM
Vegan Meat Popsicle

cman: I thought they were no good racists? WTF?

We've been over this repeatedly. The tea party has been a convenient hitching post for numerous racist organizations and they've done little to nothing to refute or excommunicate them because it bolsters their numbers.

Tolerating the significant presence of racists for political expedience may not itself be racist, but it is still dishonorable.

Your continued feigned ignorance is tiring.


Taking lessons from Harry Reid again?
 
2012-08-07 01:59:22 PM
In Huntsville, Ala., YouTube celebrity Antoine Dodson, who is openly gay, dined at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday... he has something to teach the liberal mainstream media about the spirit of the Founders.

"Spirit away the fruits of your loins, spirit away your wife - for everyone will surely find themselves violated most gruesomely." - George Washington's little-known first executive order
 
2012-08-07 02:00:00 PM
liberal mainstream media

Stopped reading there.

Writers who want to be taken seriously should learn not to give away their agenda by repeating silly catchphrases in their first sentence.
 
2012-08-07 02:00:21 PM
The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.

I was unaware of this development and am very disappointed in the liberal mainstream media for not telling me this. Fie, fie on you, LMSM.
 
2012-08-07 02:00:39 PM
This race was no big tea party victory. All the tea party can do is decide which republican gets to the general election. Then whether or not the republcan wins depends on the state of politics in that area that already existed. In Texas, the republican will win. In other areas, maybe he won't. But tea partiers are only going to vote for a republican in the general election, so they will never swing a vote in a real race. Moderates swing the vote, and they always will. Tea partiers are not moderates.
 
2012-08-07 02:01:30 PM

cman: Wait a second...

Tea Party elected a HISPANIC?

I thought they were no good racists? WTF?


Not at all! They're good racists.
 
2012-08-07 02:02:35 PM

farkityfarker: liberal mainstream media

Stopped reading there.

Writers who want to be taken seriously should learn not to give away their agenda by repeating silly catchphrases in their first sentence.


well, his most recent article prior to this one is entitled "Partisan Divide: Eggheads Get What They Wished For." i don't think he's really going for subtlety.
 
2012-08-07 02:02:58 PM
Thinking a behavior is stupid is not the same as being baffled by it.
 
2012-08-07 02:03:30 PM
Barone's right - the left keeps wanting to marginalize the Tea Party and accuse them of being simpleminded, racist, etc. But they've already made a huge mark on national politics and an even bigger one on local politics. The Tea Parties are organized, they're disciplined, and they're effective. And they're an ad hoc movement. Yeah, Dick Armey would love to think that he runs the Tea Party through FreedomWorks, but he doesn't. The Koch Brothers don't run the Tea Party. Sarah Palin is highly influential within the Tea Party, but she doesn't run it. It's a true grass-roots movement. It's got all the qualities that long-lasting political movements have: it's decentralized so the loss of one "leader" doesn't doom it. It's organized on the local level so that it's not dependent on national elections, and it's working within existing political systems rather than challenging them.

The media and the left (pardon the repetition) can insult and look down upon the Tea Party all they want. They're organized, they're effective, and they are not giving up. They're a healthy part of American politics - the GOP badly needed a faction that was ready to make a clean break with the politics of the past.
 
2012-08-07 02:04:12 PM
The best gay spokesman chicken filet could buy was Antoine Dodson. Oh the lulz!
 
2012-08-07 02:06:01 PM

farkityfarker: liberal mainstream media

Stopped reading there.

Writers who want to be taken seriously should learn not to give away their agenda by repeating silly catchphrases in their first sentence.


you clicked on a real clear politics link, what did you expect?
 
2012-08-07 02:07:02 PM
Um... the supposed liberal MSM has been covering those things. I don't really see the author's point
 
2012-08-07 02:07:08 PM

WombatControl: The media and the left (pardon the repetition)


Not sure if troll.
 
2012-08-07 02:08:55 PM

farkityfarker: WombatControl: The media and the left (pardon the repetition)

Not sure if troll.


He is troll, just ignore him
 
2012-08-07 02:09:35 PM
But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press...

And we're done... Jesus, how many 'We're the little guys here, the only conservative fish in this giant liberal ocean filled with libby sharks, and we're SO brave!!' websites are out there now? How much more of this 'I have a tough life because I'm a Christian!' bullshiat do we have to put up with before someone points out that they AREN'T oppressed, and have PLENTY of media representation? Besides, I heard about the shiat in Texas AND Chick-Fil-A "successfully" not being boycotted(Even though people still boycotted them, weird.). If nobody's spreading the stories except the Right Wing Derp Machine, and OI stay away from the RWDP whenever possible, how did I manage to hear about this?

As for the Tea Party, they're just like any other Party, except that they got hijacked by the lunatic fringe on something like Day 2. Otherwise, they have a few good people and have some solid beliefs, just like every other Party, and just like every other party, they've lost any credibility they had before. Who cares if they're getting elected? It doesn't make them any less of big mouth assholes.
 
2012-08-07 02:11:42 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-07 02:11:52 PM
Americans Republicans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media

FTFY
 
2012-08-07 02:12:51 PM

thurstonxhowell: Thinking a behavior is stupid is not the same as being baffled by it.


Generally, I'm baffled by stupid behavior. When I see it, I think, "That's stupid. Why would they do that?"
 
2012-08-07 02:13:29 PM

WombatControl: Yeah, Dick Armey would love to think that he runs the Tea Party through FreedomWorks, but he doesn't. The Koch Brothers don't run the Tea Party. Sarah Palin is highly influential within the Tea Party, but she doesn't run it. It's a true grass-roots movement.


Real grass-roots movements don't get their funding from big-name donors. That's pretty much exactly the opposite of what "grass-roots" is.

Everything else, yeah, definitely. Should be a template for the left.
 
2012-08-07 02:14:38 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: farkityfarker: WombatControl: The media and the left (pardon the repetition)

Not sure if troll.

He is troll, just ignore him


He's not a troll. He really means all the inane shiat he posts on here.
 
2012-08-07 02:14:49 PM
Stupid people baffle me, too. It's okay, liberal media.
 
2012-08-07 02:15:48 PM

WombatControl: Barone's right - the left keeps wanting to marginalize the Tea Party and accuse them of being simpleminded, racist, etc. But they've already made a huge mark on national politics and an even bigger one on local politics. The Tea Parties are organized, they're disciplined, and they're effective. And they're an ad hoc movement. Yeah, Dick Armey would love to think that he runs the Tea Party through FreedomWorks, but he doesn't. The Koch Brothers don't run the Tea Party. Sarah Palin is highly influential within the Tea Party, but she doesn't run it. It's a true grass-roots movement. It's got all the qualities that long-lasting political movements have: it's decentralized so the loss of one "leader" doesn't doom it. It's organized on the local level so that it's not dependent on national elections, and it's working within existing political systems rather than challenging them.

The media and the left (pardon the repetition) can insult and look down upon the Tea Party all they want. They're organized, they're effective, and they are not giving up. They're a healthy part of American politics - the GOP badly needed a faction that was ready to make a clean break with the politics of the past.


Yep, what American politics REALLY needed was a group of fascists and theocrats in positions of power!

And effective my ass. They've gotten precisely squat accomplished since they took the House, and before that, their only accomplishment was losing the Senate for Republicans. They can't even sabotage the economy right, because despite their best efforts, the economy is improving.
 
2012-08-07 02:16:15 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Um... the supposed liberal MSM has been covering those things. I don't really see the author's point


libs bad and furthermore comma
 
2012-08-07 02:16:58 PM

WombatControl: They're a healthy part of American politics - the GOP badly needed a faction that was ready to make a clean break with the politics of the past.


Yep, the Tea party made a clear break with previously held republican positions. Here's a list of republican positions:

1: Dismantle all parts of the government except the military. The poor and elderly can suck it.
2: Install a christian theocracy which outlaws abortion, global warming, evolution, and defines pi to be exactly equal to 3.
3: Expel and drive from the country any person who's skin tone is darker than light fat-free mayonaisse.
4: Reform the health care system by requiring everyone to have skin in the game by buying insurance. This is disregared if proposed by a demonrat.
5: Reduce taxes to 0%.

Whereas the Tea Party positions are completely different. They move #5 to the top of the list and replace it with "Reduce taxes to 0% for job creators. Anyone making less than $250,000 a year is a welfare queen moocher who deserves to be taxed at a 90% rate until they've returned the money they've stolen." It's really not the same thing at all.
 
2012-08-07 02:17:17 PM

qorkfiend: WombatControl: Yeah, Dick Armey would love to think that he runs the Tea Party through FreedomWorks, but he doesn't. The Koch Brothers don't run the Tea Party. Sarah Palin is highly influential within the Tea Party, but she doesn't run it. It's a true grass-roots movement.

Real grass-roots movements don't get their funding from big-name donors. That's pretty much exactly the opposite of what "grass-roots" is.


Oh come on, why would you suggest the TEA Party is sponsored by the GOP establishment?

mediamatters.org

TaxDayTeaParty.com -- which describes itself as the "Online HQ for the April 15th Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Rallies" -- states: "The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed 'Stimulus Bill' and pork filled budget."
 
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