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2014-08-09 01:22:10 PM  
The secret to my success is and always has been to simply redefine failure.
 
2014-08-09 01:42:15 PM  
This surprises you?
 
2014-08-09 02:25:27 PM  
Sure. A virus may die, but if it spreads before it dies, it wins. The Republican Party is infected.
 
2014-08-09 02:39:52 PM  
This is what I've been thinking for a while: who cares if actual teabaggers lose elections if the "mainstream" Republicans must start sounding like teabaggers themselves to beat them.

When you battle with derpers, be careful to not become a derper yourself.
 
2014-08-09 03:08:27 PM  
Well, I guess it is how you define success. The Tea Party has 'successfully' pushed the Republican Party even further right, so...
 
2014-08-09 03:09:02 PM  

BMulligan: The secret to my success is and always has been to simply redefine failure.


substitute 'failure' for 'reality', and i'm right there with you.
 
2014-08-09 03:10:50 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Well, I guess it is how you define success. The Tea Party has 'successfully' pushed the Republican Party even further right, so...


Heh. I love commenting without RTFA. Ugh.
 
2014-08-09 03:11:26 PM  

jake_lex: When you battle with derpers, be careful to not become a derper yourself.


And when you gaze long into derp, the derp also gazes into you.
 
2014-08-09 03:12:53 PM  

BMulligan: The secret to my success is and always has been to simply redefine failure.


Test of faith!
 
2014-08-09 03:14:44 PM  
"Top of the world, Ma!"
 
2014-08-09 03:15:22 PM  
Tea Parties are still for little girls with imaginary friends.  This hasn't changed.
 
2014-08-09 03:20:09 PM  
It's an accomplishment to be more electable than Teatards? Hell, in that case, I sucker punched a kid in a wheelchair; that makes me heavyweight champion of the world.
 
2014-08-09 03:24:41 PM  
We are going to win every election.

We are going to win some elections.

We are just here to get our message out.
 
2014-08-09 03:36:21 PM  
The value of lowered expectations.
 
2014-08-09 04:14:09 PM  
As far as I can tell, a large majority of Republicans believe the same things the TeaParty believes.  There are only a few differences in how to institute the agenda. These beliefs would be considered radical if they hadn't become main stream.  When potential GOP Presidential candidates, most GOP Senators and nearly all GOP U.S. Representatives are doctrinaire Kool-Aid drinkers, what is the difference between TeaParty and whatever you want to call the rest of them?  Not much.
 
2014-08-09 04:35:34 PM  
I love how they call it a "kind" of success.

"I will keep telling myself that" -Homestar Runner.
 
2014-08-09 04:50:36 PM  

DeaH: Sure. A virus may die

...

No, it can't, because it's not actually alive in the first place.

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9438/why-isnt-a-virus-ali ve

www.nature.com
 
2014-08-09 04:51:05 PM  
As long as they get the mainstream candidates pandering to the Luntic Fringe, the folks who wrangle these idiots win. It's about push-pulling the party into compliance.

Mind you, it's the SAME folks who are running the main stream folks. It's just branding differences to enforce policies. Anything to keep Republicans from growing even a notochord, let alone a spine...
 
2014-08-09 04:59:22 PM  
Not surprising.  They control the entire political discourse in this country, and when you control the discourse, you control EVERYTHING.
 
2014-08-09 05:05:27 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Not surprising.  They control the entire political discourse in this country, and when you control the discourse, you control EVERYTHING.


My son and I watched an old Eric Andre Show episode last night where he and Hannibal Buress went to a Tea Party rally holding white hoods and saying, "hey, you forgot these!" and some hand-lettered "White Power" signs. The Tea Partiers were not amused, and a couple of them seemed to be experiencing a rage-induced loss of bowel control.
 
2014-08-09 05:27:13 PM  
In Tennessee they crashed big time. Kock Brothers wasted a couple of million trying to get 3 SCJ's off the bench. Fail.  A long list of others that has fail too.
Even teh dumb ass in Knoxville Casey Crapfield got his ass handed to him.


/I got faith in the peeps
 
2014-08-09 05:28:40 PM  

MisterRonbo: DeaH: Sure. A virus may die...

No, it can't, because it's not actually alive in the first place.

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9438/why-isnt-a-virus-ali ve

[www.nature.com image 600x475]


Link failed.
 
2014-08-09 05:35:19 PM  

Wooly Bully: Pants full of macaroni!!: Not surprising.  They control the entire political discourse in this country, and when you control the discourse, you control EVERYTHING.

My son and I watched an old Eric Andre Show episode last night where he and Hannibal Buress went to a Tea Party rally holding white hoods and saying, "hey, you forgot these!" and some hand-lettered "White Power" signs. The Tea Partiers were not amused, and a couple of them seemed to be experiencing a rage-induced loss of bowel control.


My god, what a gutsy comedy bit.  Sure, that's funny as hell, but they could have been killed.  Going the extra mile for you craft, I guess.
 
2014-08-09 05:42:43 PM  

Aquapope: Wooly Bully: Pants full of macaroni!!: Not surprising.  They control the entire political discourse in this country, and when you control the discourse, you control EVERYTHING.

My son and I watched an old Eric Andre Show episode last night where he and Hannibal Buress went to a Tea Party rally holding white hoods and saying, "hey, you forgot these!" and some hand-lettered "White Power" signs. The Tea Partiers were not amused, and a couple of them seemed to be experiencing a rage-induced loss of bowel control.

My god, what a gutsy comedy bit.  Sure, that's funny as hell, but they could have been killed.  Going the extra mile for you craft, I guess.


Watching some of his on-the-street skits I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.
 
2014-08-09 05:50:21 PM  
Was the Tea Party ever anything other than a way to covertly restructure the Republican Party to weasel out of the shame of the Bush era?
 
2014-08-09 05:59:15 PM  
Anyone who is surprised by this really needs to go back and look at the long history of 3rd parties in the US.

3rd parties never do well in the voting booth, but often their policies end up being co-opted by one of the 2 primary parties in order to stave of loss of votes. In this respect, the Tea Party is responsible for the Republicans hard veer to the right. Even if they lose, they still win in the end.
 
2014-08-09 06:06:17 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Was the Tea Party ever anything other than a way to covertly restructure the Republican Party to weasel out of the shame of the Bush era?


Absolutely. The 2012 Republican National Convention tried to act like nothing happened between September 10, 2001 to January 20, 2009, like history hit the snooze button the morning of September 10, 2001.
 
2014-08-09 06:18:42 PM  
The Tea Party is a John Legend song?
 
2014-08-09 06:20:16 PM  

Wooly Bully: Eric Andre Show episode last night where he and Hannibal Buress went to a Tea Party rally holding white hoods and saying, "hey, you forgot these!" and some hand-lettered "White Power" signs. The Tea Partiers were not amused


images.sodahead.com
 
2014-08-09 06:26:19 PM  

scumshine: MisterRonbo: DeaH: Sure. A virus may die...

No, it can't, because it's not actually alive in the first place.

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9438/why-isnt-a-virus-ali ve

[www.nature.com image 600x475]

Link failed.


http://lmgtfy.com/?q=do+viruses+die&l=1
 
2014-08-09 06:42:27 PM  
Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.
 
2014-08-09 06:52:28 PM  

bobothemagnificent: if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party


Some people who bash the Tea Party aren't even liberals. Opposing ignorance and bigotry is not exactly the same thing as being liberal.
 
2014-08-09 06:58:25 PM  

MisterRonbo: DeaH: Sure. A virus may die...

No, it can't, because it's not actually alive in the first place.

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9438/why-isnt-a-virus-ali ve

[www.nature.com image 600x475]


Well, thank you. I learned something - and here on Fark, too!
 
2014-08-09 07:08:34 PM  
The struggle between Tea Partiers and Mainstream Republicans is about as real as a weekly WWE broadcast. Tea Partiers and Republicans match up nearly perfectly on the issues. The Republicans are marginally less frothy, but other than that, what exactly is the difference?

What's the big issue where they disagree?
 
2014-08-09 07:17:19 PM  

The Why Not Guy: The struggle between Tea Partiers and Mainstream Republicans is about as real as a weekly WWE broadcast. Tea Partiers and Republicans match up nearly perfectly on the issues. The Republicans are marginally less frothy, but other than that, what exactly is the difference?

What's the big issue where they disagree?


If not raising the debt ceiling would be a good or bad thing?
 
2014-08-09 07:21:17 PM  

bobothemagnificent: Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.



The TEA Party's mortal sin is not having different views, it's refusing the most basic responsibility of any elected office - governance. For this they deserve every heap of criticism that people can lay upon them.

/moderate republican.
 
2014-08-09 07:50:22 PM  

MisterRonbo: No, it can't, because it's not actually alive in the first place.

http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/9438/why-isnt-a-virus-ali ve


That link says, among other things: Viruses can get viruses

That's pretty interesting. And so meta.
 
2014-08-09 08:04:47 PM  
Lack of killer issues. In 2010 many Republicans were hard-pressed to explain their votes for TARP, the "bank bailout" of 2008-09 that populists saw as unconscionable welfare for Wall Street. In 2012, incumbents were dinged for not "stopping Obamacare." This year's assault on incumbents began with a far less potent charge: that they failed to back House Republicans in the 2013 government shutdown.

That's the same 2013 government shutdown that Cruz is still trying to pin on the Democrats, right?

So... the GOP's cunning plan to make sure there were no more Christine O'Donnels in 2014 seems to have worked insofar as their incumbents won against all the Heritage-funded teatard challengers.

But in that they were all forced to adopt a zanier far right platform in order to beat their challengers in the primaries the teatards have sort of won the ideological battle.

And when the teatards win everyone loses.
 
2014-08-09 08:11:35 PM  

pissnmoan: As far as I can tell, a large majority of Republicans believe the same things the TeaParty believes.  There are only a few differences in how to institute the agenda. These beliefs would be considered radical if they hadn't become main stream.  When potential GOP Presidential candidates, most GOP Senators and nearly all GOP U.S. Representatives are doctrinaire Kool-Aid drinkers, what is the difference between TeaParty and whatever you want to call the rest of them?  Not much.


The main difference that I can tell is that Teapartiers believe the message, while traditional GOP candidates just say it and go about Business as Usual. Tea Partiers don't want any Business as Usual, they want to tear it all down.
 
2014-08-09 08:15:52 PM  

Wooly Bully: Opposing ignorance and bigotry is not exactly the same thing as being liberal.


That may have been a factual statement in the past, but in recent years it appears to have become the dividing line between red and blue.
 
2014-08-09 08:29:15 PM  

The Why Not Guy: The struggle between Tea Partiers and Mainstream Republicans is about as real as a weekly WWE broadcast. Tea Partiers and Republicans match up nearly perfectly on the issues. The Republicans are marginally less frothy, but other than that, what exactly is the difference?

What's the big issue where they disagree?


The teabaggers aren't fighting the establishment, they are the establishment. A decade ago, they were the same assholes who said "You're either with us or the terrorists!" and "Stay the course!". They are the useful idiots the GOP has relied upon through the past 30-40 years. The teabagger "movement" is really nothing more than a smokescreen for the GOP's nefarious plots.
 
2014-08-09 08:44:15 PM  
This is why the people who say voting for a third party is tantamount to wasting your votes are idiots. You don't have to win elections to affect policy, just have a significant presence.

Also, whilst there are many, many reasons to hate the teabaggers, you have to at least admire the fact that they're willing to vote for the candidate they want, even when it means losing the election. If enough people on the left had that sort of spine, we might actually end up with a genuinely liberal, progressive party rather than the centre-right, lesser-of-two-evils we've got now.
 
2014-08-09 08:46:16 PM  

The Why Not Guy: Tea Partiers and Republicans match up nearly perfectly on the issues.


You forgot 'today'. Republicans obviously shifted hard right to prove their purity in the face of the TP challenge and keep their corporate backing.
 
2014-08-09 08:47:26 PM  

bobothemagnificent: Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.


Good fun, and much needed. The nation is at hazard...
 
2014-08-09 08:56:05 PM  
neenerist: Republicans obviously shifted hard right to prove their purity in the face of the TP challenge and keep their corporate backing.

On what?? They already were hard right.
 
2014-08-09 09:07:35 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: The Why Not Guy: The struggle between Tea Partiers and Mainstream Republicans is about as real as a weekly WWE broadcast. Tea Partiers and Republicans match up nearly perfectly on the issues. The Republicans are marginally less frothy, but other than that, what exactly is the difference?

What's the big issue where they disagree?

The teabaggers aren't fighting the establishment, they are the establishment. A decade ago, they were the same assholes who said "You're either with us or the terrorists!" and "Stay the course!". They are the useful idiots the GOP has relied upon through the past 30-40 years. The teabagger "movement" is really nothing more than a smokescreen for the GOP's nefarious plots.


So neocons under a confederate flag?
 
2014-08-09 09:12:45 PM  

bobothemagnificent: Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.


Really phoning it in these days, huh?
 
2014-08-09 09:38:12 PM  

sillydragon: bobothemagnificent: Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.

Really phoning it in these days, huh?


I don't think his heart is really in it any more. There are others to play with, and this particular toy has lost its shine...
 
2014-08-09 10:09:50 PM  

Catlenfell: We are going to win every election.

We are going to win some elections.

We are just here to get our message out.


"Lol, I trol u!"
 
2014-08-09 11:41:37 PM  

tinderfitles: bobothemagnificent: Actually, the Tea Party hasn't lost every election.  As always, if its about the Tea Party and it's Fark, then this is nothing more than a liberal trolling thread that bashes the Tea Party.


The TEA Party's mortal sin is not having different views, it's refusing the most basic responsibility of any elected office - governance. For this they deserve every heap of criticism that people can lay upon them.

/moderate republican.


Sorry chief, but
A) there's no such thing as a moderate republican anymore. All those assholes vote en masse together. You endorse their actions.
B) the "Tea Party" and republicans are one in the same. See ^
 
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