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(Daily Kos)   The reason there is no Democrat counterpart to the Tea Party is because the Dems don't have any wackjobs or stupid people. No, really   (dailykos.com) divider line 211
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2013-05-31 03:12:19 PM  
TFA never makes the claim this headline does.
 
2013-05-31 03:19:16 PM  
Christ, you're bad at reading things, submitter. The Left has plenty of wackjobs and dim bulbs, but they're busy making giant puppets of Donald Rumsfeld to carry in parades; they're not at any point ever leading polls for their party's Presidential nomination.
 
2013-05-31 03:19:47 PM  
Democrats have their share of whackjobs.

But they don't run the Democratic Party.
 
2013-05-31 03:20:00 PM  
Democrats tend to shun their wackjobs, for better or worse.

Republicans tend to elect theirs, for worse.
 
2013-05-31 03:22:18 PM  
I think it has more to do with the fact that the black dude is IN our party.
 
2013-05-31 03:28:24 PM  
We do have our wack jobs, but unlike the Republican Party, they're not in control.
 
2013-05-31 03:32:42 PM  

BunkoSquad: The Left has plenty of wackjobs and dim bulbs, but they're busy making giant puppets of Donald Rumsfeld to carry in parades; they're not at any point ever leading polls for their party's Presidential nomination.


This.
 
2013-05-31 03:33:30 PM  
Liberals have wackjobs too.  But the rest of the party keeps them in check and does not allow their cancer to metastasize.
 
2013-05-31 03:33:43 PM  

Lando Lincoln: We do have our wack jobs, but unlike the Republican Party, they're not in control.


Hank Johsnon (D-GA) says he's afraid Guam will tip over if we put too many people on it.

Democrats:  "Oh, hey.  Wow.  That's pretty nuts."

Michelle Bachmann says, well, anything.

Republicans:  "Why are you afraid of a strong, conservative woman?"
 
2013-05-31 03:33:59 PM  
whackjobs are marginalized in the democratic party
whackjobs RUN the republican party.

there IS a difference.
 
2013-05-31 03:34:59 PM  

BunkoSquad: Christ, you're bad at reading things, submitter. The Left has plenty of wackjobs and dim bulbs, but they're busy making giant puppets of Donald Rumsfeld to carry in parades; they're not at any point ever leading polls for their party's Presidential nomination.


I'm not sure why we're insulting the people who protested against Rumsfeld. They were 100% right and he's a war criminal.
 
2013-05-31 03:36:40 PM  
Wasn't there a movement for some kind of Coffee Party a few years ago?
 
2013-05-31 03:37:57 PM  

DamnYankees: I'm not sure why we're insulting the people who protested against Rumsfeld. They were 100% right and he's a war criminal.


I just couldn't think of a more pointless puppet to make. I don't disagree with you at all.
 
2013-05-31 03:40:09 PM  
The right is where the left was in the 60's and 70's
 
2013-05-31 03:43:00 PM  
The Democrats marginalise their idiots. The Republicans run them for Senate seats that then cost them the upper house.
Twice.
 
2013-05-31 03:50:35 PM  
Riiiiiiiight.
 
2013-05-31 03:51:17 PM  
someone must be new to fark.
 
2013-05-31 03:53:37 PM  
hey has anybody mentioned that
 
2013-05-31 03:54:44 PM  
The headline is dumb.
 
2013-05-31 03:55:42 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

Meanwhile back at the ranch .
 
2013-05-31 03:56:20 PM  
It's hard to have a fringe group in a centrist party.
 
2013-05-31 03:56:39 PM  

BunkoSquad: DamnYankees: I'm not sure why we're insulting the people who protested against Rumsfeld. They were 100% right and he's a war criminal.

I just couldn't think of a more pointless puppet to make. I don't disagree with you at all.


Plus making giant puppets for protest parades, and the protest parades themselves, are completely pointless.
 
2013-05-31 03:58:35 PM  
Not embracing a bunch of theocratic evangelical Christians starting in the 70s and 80s, combined with shedding the Solid South and all of the backwoods rednecks over a similar period, have done a lot to keep the crazies out of the Democratic Party.
 
2013-05-31 03:58:39 PM  
Premise: because the Dems don't have any wackjobs or stupid people. No, really

Reality #1: 100% of Dems are wackjobs or stupid people giving no statistical deviation.
Reality #2:  Democrat wackjobs or stupid people are less organized for goals and structure so are seen as that vocal.
Reality #3:  wackjobs or stupid people who are Democrat have a better grasp of PR.
Reality #4:  wackjobs or stupid people on the left do not identify as a Democrat but another party
 
2013-05-31 03:59:12 PM  
I thought that was the Green Party?
 
2013-05-31 04:00:10 PM  
teabaggers are so stupid they are influencing that national debate on a number of issues and forcing their will on the republican party with threats of primary. Too bad there aren't a group of leftists who are that "stupid".
 
2013-05-31 04:00:43 PM  
Righties can say this kind of thing all they want, but repetition won't make it true.

Truth:

The Republican fringe/majority: wants to destroy government while increasing the size of government, increase income equality, attack random countries with a growing military, cut education and overall living in a fantasy world that has no connection to the facts.

The left-wing fringe: wants universal health care, less military intervention and to make decisions based on logic and reason.
 
2013-05-31 04:01:46 PM  

DamnYankees: TFA never makes the claim this headline does.


Sounds like a teatard wrote the headline.
 
Bf+
2013-05-31 04:02:16 PM  
Subby: No, really.
Me: Nooo... Really?
(reads article)
Me: Nope.
 
2013-05-31 04:02:36 PM  
a.abcnews.com

Sure, uh huh.
 
2013-05-31 04:02:43 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: The right is where the left was in the 60's and 70's


Not even close. The Left of the 60s and 70s may be a tad idealistic, but their goals and aims were noble, if not the means to achieve them. Having peace, equality, decent pay and removal of discrimination are noble and righteous goals. Maybe burning flags or smoking weed may not be the best means to achieve them.
 
2013-05-31 04:02:51 PM  

Labrat407: Reality #1: 100% of Dems are wackjobs or stupid people giving no statistical deviation.
Reality #2: Democrat wackjobs or stupid people are less organized for goals and structure so are seen as that vocal.
Reality #3: wackjobs or stupid people who are Democrat have a better grasp of PR.
Reality #4: wackjobs or stupid people on the left do not identify as a Democrat but another party


#5. Chuck Schumer has a death grip on every microphone in the greater NY/DC area and won't let anybody else get at them, thus blocking the stupid from its natural egress.
 
2013-05-31 04:04:47 PM  
It's just that Dem politicians and the Dem 'base' ignore the whackjobs and stupid people... or at the very least, do not give them the kind of political power that the GOP gives to their whackjobs and stupid people. The problem is that the right-wing whackjobs and stupid people think that centrists and left-leaning folks are 'whackjobs and stupid people', so therefore they mock the idea that Dems do not cater to their whackjobs and stupid people.
 
2013-05-31 04:04:47 PM  
It's funny that after 14 years, people still haven't figured out that Fark employs deliberately misleading headlines to generate click-throughs. Looks like  Drewand Co. have reeled in a few more in this thread.
 
2013-05-31 04:05:13 PM  

Tigger: The Democrats marginalise their idiots. The Republicans run them for Senate seats that then cost them the upper house.
Twice.


The Dems marginalize their idiots to a much, much greater degree than Republicans but let's not ignore the fact that Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee have been Democratic elected officials since the country's founding
 
2013-05-31 04:05:39 PM  
there are plenty of wackjobs in the ranks of the Democrats. They just don't make it a habit of pandering to these wackjobs and putting them on the top of major tickets.
 
2013-05-31 04:05:44 PM  
We do, it's just that we ignore them rather than put them in charge. Imagine if every (D) had to kowtow to PETA in order to be a viable candidate a la the (R)'s and the NRA.
 
2013-05-31 04:06:38 PM  
Liberal whackjobs generally eschew pulling out a firearm every time they disagree with something.
 
2013-05-31 04:06:51 PM  

Fatty McFatcheeks: [a.abcnews.com image 640x360]

Sure, uh huh.


I know this is very difficult for you to understand be cause it will undermine your whole worldview, forcing you to recognize that you have been living in a self-constructed fantasy for a very long time.

Ready?

upload.wikimedia.org

The hippies were correct then, and they are correct now.
 
2013-05-31 04:07:01 PM  
Oh, they're crazy...it's just that they are QUIET
 
2013-05-31 04:08:36 PM  
Master troll, shiatmitter. Now, isn't time for fingerpainting with your classmates?
 
2013-05-31 04:08:51 PM  

gimmegimme: Righties can say this kind of thing all they want, but repetition won't make it true.

Truth:

The Republican fringe/majority: wants to destroy government while increasing the size of government, increase income equality, attack random countries with a growing military, cut education and overall living in a fantasy world that has no connection to the facts.

The left-wing fringe: wants universal health care, less military intervention and to make decisions based on logic and reason.


That's just the 'left-wing', not the fringe. Pretending that loonies don't exist on 'our side' is naive.
 
2013-05-31 04:09:03 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: It's hard to have a fringe group in a cenTERtrist RIGHT party.


Close.
 
2013-05-31 04:11:41 PM  

Zeno-25: Not embracing a bunch of theocratic evangelical Christians starting in the 70s and 80s, combined with shedding the Solid South and all of the backwoods rednecks over a similar period, have done a lot to keep the crazies out of the Democratic Party.


That and one would have to acknowledge the amount of conversions from the Democratic Party in the South solely for the ability to dodge integration.  Not for any true sense of less government, but to have less interference in selectively dodging the last 150 years of history.
 
2013-05-31 04:12:05 PM  

skullkrusher: Tigger: The Democrats marginalise their idiots. The Republicans run them for Senate seats that then cost them the upper house.
Twice.

The Dems marginalize their idiots to a much, much greater degree than Republicans but let's not ignore the fact that Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee have been Democratic elected officials since the country's founding


Neither of the two examples you give are whackjobs. They have both stood on behalf of very righteous and proper stances. Read up about them. Maxine may have done some questionable things, as have probably many other congresscritters. But her positions are generally noble and true.
 
2013-05-31 04:12:09 PM  

LordJiro: gimmegimme: Righties can say this kind of thing all they want, but repetition won't make it true.

Truth:

The Republican fringe/majority: wants to destroy government while increasing the size of government, increase income equality, attack random countries with a growing military, cut education and overall living in a fantasy world that has no connection to the facts.

The left-wing fringe: wants universal health care, less military intervention and to make decisions based on logic and reason.

That's just the 'left-wing', not the fringe. Pretending that loonies don't exist on 'our side' is naive.


I guess I'm just bummed that so few Democrats in power actually want the same health care they have in every first-world country.

We certainly don't elect our loonies or give them power.  Do we even have an atheist in Congress anymore?  (As though atheism is an extreme position.)
 
2013-05-31 04:12:18 PM  
Oh, there's plenty of crazies to the left of the aisle.  But they're not running the show.

On the other hand, the far right idolizes its crazies and elects them to public office over and over again.
 
2013-05-31 04:12:42 PM  
My guess: The biggest reason for what we observe is that one side has been actively cultivating outrage and whackjobbery on a national scale for more than 30 years using AM radio and cable entertainment channels, and the other side hasn't.

Interesting thought experiment: What would a hypothetical libby counterpart look like, given 30 years worth of Rachel Maddow clones all over the AM band and basic cable? She doesn't really do the outrage thing, at least not in the same over-the-top fashion. I'm picturing lots and lots of cocktail parties.

On the other hand 30 years worth of Mike Malloy and Ed Schultz clones might give us a congressful of Bachmanns with (D)s after their names...
 
2013-05-31 04:13:11 PM  

skullkrusher: Tigger: The Democrats marginalise their idiots. The Republicans run them for Senate seats that then cost them the upper house.
Twice.

The Dems marginalize their idiots to a much, much greater degree than Republicans but let's not ignore the fact that Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee have been Democratic elected officials since the country's founding


Who's ignoring that?
 
2013-05-31 04:13:28 PM  

dericwater: Neither of the two examples you give are whackjobs. They have both stood on behalf of very righteous and proper stances. Read up about them. Maxine may have done some questionable things, as have probably many other congresscritters. But her positions are generally noble and true.


One thinks the CIA tried to subjugate black people by selling crack in LA and the other thinks white people are racist by the virtue of their being white. I'd say that's pretty whacky
 
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