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1 shecky  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:00:17am
2 HappyWarrior  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:29:34am

I’m amused that this is all just a revelation to him. He may have his heart in the right place on some issues- reading his opposition to DOMA and bans on marijuana but I think he was really naive about the movement he helped found.

3 Charleston Chew  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 11:01:13am

How did this dude not notice the timing of the movement he “helped found” in 2009? Why did he not ask himself what happened in 2008 to inspire these people?

4 Aligarr  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 11:10:01am

Gee , ya think ? From the getgo , Dale Robertson with the Texas windbreaker and his racist sign , put the handwriting on the wall , as his angry arrogant mug splattered the media at one of the first rallies these phony-faux-patriots held .
No it’s not naivety , it’s a realization that the charade has long been transparent . Denial is no longer an option as EACH Day the proof rolls in as everytime another teebagger opens his/her mouth . They are indefensible .

5 theheat  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 7:55:36pm
“racism, hypocrisy killed the movement”

Not to mention witchcraft, flat-earth science, and exorcisms.

6 EiMitch  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:17:53pm
And then last week, someone with whom I am Facebook “friends” posted something extremely racist and I called her out on it. Immediately, her friends jumped down my throat,

Just ask gamers: if you hang with trolls, they will teabag you. Its only a matter of time.

They started giving all of these individual Tea Party groups money

You mean the reason there was so much “grassroots” opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy was because these groups sold out? Wow, you don’t say.

I always defended the Tea Party against charges of racism.

We each hear what we want to hear. Its called confirmation bias. Anyone who says they never do it is a liar. If thats not true, then explain to me why politics, religion and even sports fandom so frequently become heated arguments over stupid little things.

What can anyone do about it? Listen to those with opposing views, (provided that person isn’t entirely insane, of course) and when it turns out you’re wrong, take that blow. Fight the impulse to excuse it, and simply admit it. And then feel better about yourself until it happens again.

What? I haven’t done that lately.

7 stabby  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:49:01pm

re: #4 Aligarr

I used to read PJ Media back when it was tea party central, just to watch the amazing fail and see if the inmates could be argued with.

The fact is that the election of Obama was like the large hadron collider to expose the racism hidden in the population. People who could keep a lid on their racism under normal circumstances just couldn’t control it when the most powerful position in the world was held by a black man. Even the ones who weren’t aware of their own feelings couldn’t control their hysteria…

And THAT hysteria was and is 99.9% of the tea party. The great fail of old people carrying signs that say “don’t let the socialist take away my medicare” while voting for someone who promises to make the government broke and take away their medicare can only be driven by extreme irrational fear.

8 stabby  Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:53:45pm

I guess the lesson is that when people are afraid (in this case afraid of teh black) then the greedy rich and the power hungry preachers swoop in to take advantage and take control.

9 EXCLUSIVE!  Wed, Apr 17, 2013 9:14:20am

The Tea Party. People just like you and me, if you and me had undiagnosed head trauma and was as dumb as a box of rocks and bigoted to boot. I always thought their “flag” should be a pile of dog shit with “Don’t Tread In Me!” on it. But this should free up some folks, just like you and me, to join some other racist bigoted hate filled flag draped cult. I simply must tell my neighbor. “It died before you did!” I lift my glass. Slainte!

10 majii  Wed, Apr 17, 2013 3:21:55pm

Since I’m a Black American, I saw the racism in the TP early on but was told by TPers and conservatives that it didn’t exist. It’s good seeing Russo finally willing to admit the racism in the TP and GOP. He was instrumental in getting the TP off the ground. What he didn’t think about was that some of its members would turn on him. Oh, well, he can take refuge in the fact that he, along with others like Rove, Morris, and Army, made millions by bilking their fellow Americans. After reading this, I found a post at ProPublica that throws quite a bit of sunlight on the RW PACs and reveals that most of the money they collect from donors is spent to line the pockets of “consultants” and other vultures like Russo, Rove, Morris, and others.

11 sizzzzlerz  Fri, Apr 19, 2013 6:22:42am

The teabaggers were about racism from the very start. Founded coincident with the election of a black president, its pretty obvious to those with a functioning brain they cared only about that. The whole federal spending issue was simply a way to make it less obvious. Remember them protesting the budgets under American Idiot Bush? Yeah. Neither do I. The old farts with the signs “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” (with mis-spellings, of course) were simply stooges for Armey and the Koch brothers.

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