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(Huffington Post)   Remember how the Tea Party was going to irrevocably change the face of American politics and restore our wavering democracy to the greatness it once had? Yeah, about that   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 81
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2012-10-29 08:37:02 AM  
Well, they've definitely had an impact on American politics. I dunno about 'restoring our wavering democracy to greatness.'
 
2012-10-29 08:38:03 AM  
Oh, the humanity.
 
2012-10-29 08:57:12 AM  
Yeah, they changed the face of American politics like a case of Bell's palsy.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-10-29 08:58:17 AM  
The Tea Party was never anything but a temper tantrum by people who are afraid of the modern world.
 
2012-10-29 08:58:26 AM  
Tea Party Republican is synonymous with lying, hypocritical old people who have comfortable money but want the government to fund them and nobody else. And massive amounts of illiterate derp. And FOX News promoting it everywhere it can. And the Religious Right's latest attempt to relaunch the Culture War of the 1980s and 1990s.
 
2012-10-29 08:59:06 AM  

Diogenes: Yeah, they changed the face of American politics like a case of Bell's palsy.


Or a massive double stroke.
 
2012-10-29 09:09:13 AM  
In 2010, would you have thought that the Democrats would be big favorites to keep the Senate in 2012?
 
2012-10-29 09:23:29 AM  

vpb: The Tea Party was never anything but a temper tantrum by people who are afraid of the modern world.


I.E. a rebranding of the more conservative wing of the GOP.
 
2012-10-29 09:33:00 AM  
Tee hee, tee hee hee
 
2012-10-29 09:43:20 AM  

JerseyTim: In 2010, would you have thought that the Democrats would be big favorites to keep the Senate in 2012?


I can only imagine the derpstorm if the Dems got a supermajority again, and/or took back the House.
 
2012-10-29 10:05:00 AM  
I see that Speaker Pelosi is doing a fine job running the house this year.
 
2012-10-29 10:15:01 AM  
it would have been so great to get rid of Bachmann. but getting rid of West instead is fine with me.
 
2012-10-29 10:16:20 AM  

DamnYankees: vpb: The Tea Party was never anything but a temper tantrum by people who are afraid of the modern world.

I.E. a rebranding of the more conservative wing of the GOP.


"Conservative" to me has always implied that they expect change to happen - they just want it to be at a slow pace to make sure we maintain our own history and identity in the process. While "liberal" to me has always meant that change should happen as quickly as possible. Centrism seeks a balance between the two. Democrats are conservative these days by that definition. Moderates among the Republicans could be called "stagnatists" at best.

The tea party influence has turned most Republicans "regressionist" now. They genuinely believe that the calendar is a two-way street.
 
2012-10-29 10:16:30 AM  
I like when their elected Tea-peeps took up their offices and then began to boldly go about acting like every politician before them.
 
2012-10-29 10:19:45 AM  

xanadian: JerseyTim: In 2010, would you have thought that the Democrats would be big favorites to keep the Senate in 2012?

I can only imagine the derpstorm if the Dems got a supermajority again, and/or took back the House.


They're not getting the House, but the Senate looks like it will be kept. The odds against keeping the Senate were extraordinary. It couldn't have been done without the GOP.
 
2012-10-29 10:22:21 AM  
When you dance with the tail of the devil, you've reap the bed you've made.
 
2012-10-29 10:22:49 AM  
If they inadvertently sent more people to the left side of the spectrum, perhaps they did change things after all.

It's hard to polish the turd that is the Tea Party.
 
2012-10-29 10:24:02 AM  

EnviroDude: I see that Speaker Pelosi is doing a fine job running the house this year.



DEFLECTIONS AT MAXIMUM, CAPTAIN!
 
2012-10-29 10:24:41 AM  
If there is a kind and just God out there, Steve King will be handed a box of his stuff and told to GTFO next week.
 
2012-10-29 10:27:39 AM  
They have definitely had an impact. But I think the GOP is realizing that batshiat insane racists maybe wasn't the way to go.
 
2012-10-29 10:27:56 AM  

TV's Vinnie: If there is a kind and just God out there...


upload.wikimedia.org

BREAKING NEWS: There isn't.
 
2012-10-29 10:29:08 AM  

DamnYankees: vpb: The Tea Party was never anything but a temper tantrum by people who are afraid of the modern world.

I.E. a rebranding of the more conservative wing of the GOP.


This. I really wish we in the liberal/moderate culture would stop using the term 'Tea Party' altogether. It, and their co-option and corruption of the Don't Tread on Me flag. The Tea Party is/was nothing more than an astroturf rebranding of the white, angry, lunatic far right Republican party.

/you all knew this, just ranting
 
2012-10-29 10:30:35 AM  

God's Hubris: EnviroDude: I see that Speaker Pelosi is doing a fine job running the house this year.


DEFLECTIONS AT MAXIMUM, CAPTAIN!


I know. He should have complained about Tip O'Neill
 
2012-10-29 10:31:16 AM  
I remember when the Tea Party started and it was Anti-Bank Bailout and Anti-Corporate, that was when Bush was president.

Now it's just extreme GOP talking points. Anti-abortion, anti-muslim, pro-gun, birther idiocy.
 
2012-10-29 10:33:10 AM  
I don't remember anyone thinking that but them.

Kinda like OWS though they were going to accomplish reform of Wall Street and highlight wealth disparity, but everyone else pretty much ignored them.
 
2012-10-29 10:37:00 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: If they inadvertently sent more people to the left side of the spectrum, perhaps they did change things after all.

It's hard to polish the turd that is the Tea Party.


Well, in 2010, they left the Senate in the Democrats' hands thanks in large part to Tea Party candidates in Nevada and Delaware. I think there was a 3rd that swung the race back to D, but I could be wrong.

In 2012, the Democrats might actually gain seats in the Senate thanks to similar antics in Missouri and Indiana, the hyper-partisan excuse of Maine now going Independent, and the realignment of Mass after the disaster that was Coakley.

So in a way, for four years running, the Tea Party has kept the Democrats in control of the Senate, when the Republicans really should have taken it. The most likely scenarios are the Democrats maintaining their numbers in 2012, when the environment and nature of the races pointed to a big gain by the Rs.

That should speak volumes to just what sort of effect the Tea Party has had.
 
2012-10-29 10:37:06 AM  
I remember thinking the Tea Party was destined for the same bin as the Know-Nothings as soon as they started willingly referring to themselves as Teabaggers.
 
2012-10-29 10:37:29 AM  
To be fair, the Tea Party has yet to field a candidate who isn't a complete, raging asshole. If they ever manage to find someone who is a fiscal conservative but *ins't* pro-rape, pro-torture, and a homophobe, they may be able to hold on to an office for more than a term or two.
 
2012-10-29 10:42:41 AM  

FuturePastNow: To be fair, the Tea Party has yet to field a candidate who isn't a complete, raging asshole. If they ever manage to find someone who is a fiscal conservative but *ins't* pro-rape, pro-torture, and a homophobe, they may be able to hold on to an office for more than a term or two.


They wouldn't be Tea Partiers in that case.
 
2012-10-29 10:45:12 AM  
A Tea Party candidate who *isn't* pro-rape, pro-torture, and a homophobe? Like the tea party base would ever elect someone like that.

/TPINO
 
2012-10-29 10:45:53 AM  

FuturePastNow: To be fair, the Tea Party has yet to field a candidate who isn't a complete, raging asshole. If they ever manage to find someone who is a fiscal conservative but *ins't* pro-rape, pro-torture, and a homophobe, they may be able to hold on to an office for more than a term or two.


Why would such a person associate with the Tea Party, who stands for all of those things except fiscal conservatism?
 
2012-10-29 10:46:29 AM  
I don't understand why the media spends so much time on the Tea Party. It's a group of people who can't get off their hover-a-rounds enough to actually form a real party, with an actual lever to pull in the election booth...and yet the media ignores real honest-to-goodness 3rd parties like they are the plague.
 
2012-10-29 10:46:31 AM  
The "Tea Party"...

Economically illiterate, agitated, white, Southern retirees who lack the critical thinking skills to realize that not everything they read on the internet is true.

I've debated them in forum after forum and they are completely resistant to facts and are totally disconnected from reality. All they know is there's a Muslim Nig-Nog in the White House, they can't stand it, and they have a lot of time on their hands that they use to bellyache about it. They've been programmed by Fox and all the Right Wingistan blogs and bullshiat spreaders that feed on their natural prejudices and ignorance to profit from their unrest and exploit their fears for financial gain.

Seriously, they should put "Senior Filters" on computers that prevents them from accessing sites like WND, Bare Naked Islam and The Blaze, because that's where they all flock to in between rounds of shuffle board.
 
2012-10-29 10:47:30 AM  

MFAWG: God's Hubris: EnviroDude: I see that Speaker Pelosi is doing a fine job running the house this year.

DEFLECTIONS AT MAXIMUM, CAPTAIN!

I know. He should have complained about Tip O'Neill



I never know which talking point to use anymore. Are we excusing or accepting responsibility this week?
 
2012-10-29 10:47:35 AM  

snowshovel: I don't understand why the media spends so much time on the Tea Party.


The same reason a mother spends so much time with her kid after she delivers.
 
2012-10-29 10:48:13 AM  
The Tea Party is proof that conservatives are pussies.

If they had any balls they would make the Tea Party an Actual party.

How does it feel Tea Partiers to have less balls than this woman

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-29 10:49:00 AM  
The Tea Party served its purpose for the people who financed it. Now, they have become inconvenient, so their masters put them back to sleep with Honey Boo Boo and DWTS.
 
2012-10-29 10:50:01 AM  

historycat: I remember when the Tea Party started and it was Anti-Bank Bailout and Anti-Corporate, that was when Bush was president.

Now it's just extreme GOP talking points. Anti-abortion, anti-muslim, pro-gun, birther idiocy.



The Tea Party was always made up of the 28%ers. Fox News just rebranded them.
 
2012-10-29 10:51:30 AM  

zappaisfrank: Bare Naked Islam


Is this realy a thing? Concerned about having it in my search history at work.
 
2012-10-29 10:51:57 AM  

EyeballKid: snowshovel: I don't understand why the media spends so much time on the Tea Party.

The same reason a mother spends so much time with her kid after she delivers.


Hormones?
 
2012-10-29 10:52:10 AM  

FuturePastNow: To be fair, the Tea Party has yet to field a candidate who isn't a complete, raging asshole. If they ever manage to find someone who is a fiscal conservative but *ins't* pro-rape, pro-torture, and a homophobe, they may be able to hold on to an office for more than a term or two.



It's too early for coffee on the keyboard.
 
2012-10-29 10:53:52 AM  

Dr Dreidel: EyeballKid: snowshovel: I don't understand why the media spends so much time on the Tea Party.

The same reason a mother spends so much time with her kid after she delivers.

Hormones?



Laws against infanticide.
 
2012-10-29 10:55:58 AM  

EighthDay: Well, in 2010, they left the Senate in the Democrats' hands thanks in large part to Tea Party candidates in Nevada and Delaware. I think there was a 3rd that swung the race back to D, but I could be wrong.

In 2012, the Democrats might actually gain seats in the Senate thanks to similar antics in Missouri and Indiana, the hyper-partisan excuse of Maine now going Independent, and the realignment of Mass after the disaster that was Coakley.

So in a way, for four years running, the Tea Party has kept the Democrats in control of the Senate, when the Republicans really should have taken it. The most likely scenarios are the Democrats maintaining their numbers in 2012, when the environment and nature of the races pointed to a big gain by the Rs.

That should speak volumes to just what sort of effect the Tea Party has had.


With the exception of Scott Brown, not a single "Tea Party" candidate won an election that *any* generic Republican wouldn't have run. On top of that, they cost the Republicans a minimum of three senate seats (five according to some) and a number of House seats. Expect a repeat of that this election.
 
2012-10-29 10:56:41 AM  

Diogenes: Yeah, they changed the face of American politics like a case of Bell's palsy.


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Not Amused.
 
2012-10-29 10:58:44 AM  

EighthDay: So in a way, for four years running, the Tea Party has kept the Democrats in control of the Senate, when the Republicans really should have taken it.


For which we can be eternally grateful, since it looks like President Obama will have to replace a couple of SCOTUS retirees next term.
 
2012-10-29 10:59:08 AM  

spongeboob: zappaisfrank: Bare Naked Islam

Is this realy a thing? Concerned about having it in my search history at work.


Have you ever read it? It's non-stop Anti-Muslim propaganda cranked up to 11. Lots of bloody pictures, stories of dubious authenticity and more bloody pictures. It's awful...
 
2012-10-29 10:59:25 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: With the exception of Scott Brown, not a single "Tea Party" candidate won an election that *any* generic Republican wouldn't have run.


Double-plus irony is that the Tea Party consider Brown a traitor.
 
2012-10-29 11:00:29 AM  
The Tea Party's money fortune from right wing fat cats was never about electing branded tea party rent-a-clones but about threatening sitting Republicans to follow Dick Armey's instructions as the bundler of very wealthy lobbyists. The lobbyists would pay for a destructive distraction that would cost a sitting legislator his seat by without election support.

Tea Party "Favorite" makes about as much sense as the over the top Nieman-Marcus christmas gift of His and Her Private Jets as christmas "Favorites" or the most expensive whore in the brothel as the "Favorite."  Made up of remnants from illegally tax exempt Christian Coalition, that herd of angries is nothing you want anywhere near your tax dollars or the proverbial button.
 
2012-10-29 11:02:12 AM  
The Tea Party: your political version of a two-year-old throwing a tantrum and going TLIGS on you because you won't buy the pack of SweeTartsTM that he so desperately wants, the same two-year-old that you coddled and spoiled to the horror of everyone around you.

*TLIGS: Totally Limp In Grocery Stores
 
2012-10-29 11:06:40 AM  

Fart_Machine: Double-plus irony is that the Tea Party consider Brown a traitor.


Yep. And he won largely due to his opponent being totally and completely a dumbass.
 
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