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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:36 PM
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Tea Party At Its Dregs? Major Convention Attracts Few

Tea Party At Its Dregs? Major Convention Attracts Few

With Fox News host Glenn Becks ratings down and the biggest tea party rally eclipsed by a recent pro-labor rally in Wisconsin, could the tea party be losing steam? One new sign: a big tea party convention in Tampa, FL this weekend headlined by such conservative favorites as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Fox News Judge Andrew Napolitano, and former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo attracted only about 300 people. The Save America Conventions website lists 25 guest speakers, meaning there was one speaker for every 12 attendees. If one includes the 13 musicians and other performers listed as entertainment, that ratio drops to one for every 7 and a half.

Joseph Farah, the founder of the birther news website World Net Daily, who spoke at the event, promised lots of opportunities for interactivity between participants and presenters. Indeed, this photo from the convention posted by Saint Petersblog suggests attendees would have little competition to meet Farah and the other speakers:



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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:38 PM
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1. Gee, did the Koch brothers forget to send a bus?
I am surprised that the MSM didn't headline this gathering as a massive new movement.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:40 PM
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4. Old people...always looking for a free ride. I don't blame them.
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 06:41 PM by vaberella
I'd probably be at the rally if there was a free ride and food.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:26 PM
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10. Am old and I am not looking for a free ride. Whatever I have I have earned working since I was
16 yrs old. I put money into social security, paid into medicare even though I am not eligble yet. These are programs that help the elderly and you younger people should be happy we have these programs because if we had to depend on our kids we would be hurting. Before these programs became into effect old people were dying. Young families have enough to care for their own families they don't need to add their parents to the problem. Thank god for these programs. Seniors don't have to beg their kids and kids don't have to worry about them.
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 05:55 AM
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20. Unfortunately, the seniors who join the Tea Party are getting taken for a ride...
by billionaires who don't believe in Social Security or Medicare and would like nothing better than to have everyone impoverished and begging for jobs at Third World rates of pay.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 04:31 AM
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35. And that is definitely the reality. n/t
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 04:30 AM
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33. It's a joke.
I'm far from "old" and I would take it. It's not to be taken seriously.
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patrick t. cakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:39 PM
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25. stupid post...nt
DU really is starting to suck.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 04:31 AM
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34. Possibly stupid.
It was more of a, possibly poorly construed comedic statement. It's not to supposed to be taken seriously.
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patrick t. cakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 11:24 PM
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42. my apologies then...
DU is a tense place lately.
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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:39 PM
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2. Lol, it serves the Tea Party Terror movement right.
They were created for 2010, they will not survive, Faux and Koch will think of something else to please these loons.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:40 PM
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3. This looks like a McCain rally. n/t
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:45 PM
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5. I'd feel sorrier if it were a progressive group.
And the solution is clear (to me), but I'll be damned if I'm going to put it in writing on the Intertubes.
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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 06:56 PM
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6. Punch and pie.
It worked on South Park.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:22 PM
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8. Nah, donuts, fried chicken, fried Snickers, funnel cakes and lots of sweet tea.
Medicare might suffer in the short term, but it sure would take a lot of pressure off Social Security.
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:35 PM
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24. Ouch.
I hate it when I laugh at inappropriate and evil comments!!!

DAMN YOU!!!

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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:05 PM
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7. The teabaggers should offer free beer to boost its audience.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:25 PM
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9. Looks like a tepid tea party.
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Vogon_Glory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 07:55 PM
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11. Can We Hope That Florida Voters Heard Humbugs Humming?
Can we hope that Florida voters might be hearing humbugs humming. I remember the first time I heard of the so-called "TEA Party," some of the touts INSISTED that they were DIFFERENT from the Republican Party that had been defeated in the 2008 elections and that they repudiated the likes of McCain and Palin. By 2011, it seems pretty clear that the TEA Party was essentially a re-branding for the right-wing Republican Party's extreme right wing, and that a lot of people taken in by TEAb@gger rhetoric about "big government" are finding the costs of being stripped of pensions, union memberships, insurance, and other protections of the half-a@@ed welfare state the US had before the return of the Rethuglies is leaving them vulnerable.

Maybe some voters are getting wised up. I sure hope so.

:dem:
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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 05:08 AM
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36. It was a fad
For a couple of years there were TEA party homes in my neighborhood, festooned with flags and signs. The houses are still there and as best as I can tell, are still occupied by the same folks, but all the tea party decor is gone.

Gov. Scott has been bad for many things, but he might have been good for this.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:36 PM
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12. Citizen's United made the Tea Party irrelevant.
There is no reason for an elected official to ever subject themselves to an angry town hall ever again.

All you have to do is signal to the big money folks that you will do what they want.

In return, the big money will set up front groups that will run endless ads claiming that YOU are the family values candidate, and that your opponent sleeps with unwilling farm animals.

There is no reason for any GOP member to every actually speak to an individual Tea Party person. And the Tea Party dopes helped make that true.
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craigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 08:47 PM
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13. They won the house so fox has stopped hyping them like they did last year. nt
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Puzzler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 09:31 PM
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14. It's not needed for now... wait until next year
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 10:55 PM
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15. Oh that is good news. I can almost picture a teabagger saying to themself
"but but but the gop is going after the collective barganning my parents fought so hard for! why would I go"
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:31 PM
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16. A mile wide and an inch deep...
When reality sets in, nobody has any stomach for their bullshit
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 11:35 PM
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17. The Tea Party CANNOT be "At Its Dregs,"
as it has always been comprised of the dregs of American political life.
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8 track mind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:14 AM
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18. "13 musicians"
Wow. looks like some a-list talent there........

:sarcasm:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 07:06 AM
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21. People are going to kick themselves for missing out on Kevin Quinn, Impersonations and Narrations.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 07:14 AM
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38. He probably does a great Obama impersonation....It's hard for me to imagine
Edited on Wed Mar-23-11 07:15 AM by old mark
teabaggers with a sense of humor or a taste for music anyway...


mark
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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 03:03 PM
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27. If we look behind the headline, we'll probably find out it was
that tiredass Lee Greenwood whining out his Greatest Hit 13 times.
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8 track mind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:02 PM
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39. Oh thanks a lot....
Now i can't get that nasaly reagan era tune out of my head

:puke: :banghead:
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:22 PM
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29. That is the alt-a list. The a-list was paying tribute to the criminal GHW Bush
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8 track mind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:06 PM
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40. What blows me away to this day is
Reba McEntire. She came from dirt ass poor Atoka, Oklahoma beginnings and she turns into a a fucking cool-aid drinker
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:48 PM
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41. She is also a shallow narcissist.
From her view, you should not criticize people that she likes.
That was her argument as to why we should not criticize the Bush's and oddly enough gay people.
And she is called a "queen" (of country) :eyes:

I am very much against the country "music" establishment for many reasons including what they did to the Dixie Chicks.
It seems to be that in country, one must a jingoistic, blood lust worshiping bigot to be accepted. Being anti-war and against right wing politicians is
unacceptable.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 12:22 AM
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19. Despite Tons of FREE GOUT FOOD...BEER...Sausages, lobsters, etc...poor turnout?? OMG
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:22 AM
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22. Anybody read the listings of the musicians and entertainers?
Talk about your "throw-up-in-your-mouth" magic!

(Exception made for the classical guitarist who appeared to be w/o RW loon status).

http://saveamericaconvention.com/entertainment /



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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:27 PM
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23. Look at that Teabag Tidal Wave.
Just look at it.

Yep, this is what we're up against.
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BobbyBoring Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:57 PM
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26. Damn!
I would have gone just to see the Tonettes!
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 03:05 PM
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28. The Tonettes -- are those Scott Walker's 5 wives?
Pretty tough keeping track of all the Republican family values these days...

:evilgrin:
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 04:23 PM
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30. Romney's?
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 06:15 PM
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31. Just like the DLC..
they are nothing without their corporate backers.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 08:08 PM
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32. The Kochs and the rest of the Corporate Aristocracy are just powering down the Reality Show for now
No need to waste money during down periods, not when the followers are so automotamatic and can be wound back up and place foresquare 24/7 in the Subject Populace's mind and un-raised consciousness by a compliant and mighty Corporate Media Wurlitzer.

Not to worry, they will spring to life as needed in full bloom in a few months - bet the house and farm on it. The marketing demands that there be some down-time before the 2012 RW Propaganda Offensive - marketing research on "OJ Fatigue" has long confirmed that. Which is one of Corporate Media's prototype modern infoganda techniques back in '94 when control was only partial and I think the Bushies did not yet realize just how dumbed down and docile the American Subject Populace had become.

Anyhow, don't get your hopes up. The False Reality Bubble of Fraud and Lies that is the sad and degraded lunatic state of what was once the United States of America only grows stronger by the year.

To put it another: Star Wars - Episode III has just begun...
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-11 06:31 AM
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37. Missing from the pic:
Crickets

A couple of tumbleweeds
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