Oh dear gods. I mean, I guess it was inevitable. I mean, so long as there’s a group of wackos running around calling themselves the “Tea Party Movement,” there might as well be a damned “coffee party” as well.
I’ve just heard about the thing on the Thom Hartmann show since I haven’t gotten around to perusing the whole damned issue of today’s The Washington Post and Shitty Corporate News Outlet. But apparently, yes, there is a coffee party. And though I’ve just heard of it, it annoys the living hell out of me.
Creating a “coffee party movement,” you see, only further legitimizes the “tea party” assholes. It just smacks of sour grapes; it yields the “tea party” franchise to the Obama-as-Hitler sign holders. This “tea party movement” is stocked with morons who seriously believe Glenn Beck and Bob Basso’s portrayal of Thomas Paine as a neo-con. It is stocked with people who do not actually understand what the Boston Tea Party, the historical event they claim fuels and inspires them, actually was, that it was a protest not just against government or taxes, but against the slimy collusion of government and a top-heavy multi-national corporation.
These people, fueled by corporate dollars, at the beck and call of their own worst interests, these folks should not be legitimized by a smarmy copycat, by a group that says fine, you build your pillow fort in the bedroom, I’ll just move to the living room, so there. And the message the group has chosen, that they want legislators to work better together and blah blah blah, well. Could the timing be any worse considering the massive fault lines that were revealed from the Blair House on Thursday?
As E.J. Dionne points out beautifully today in the aforementioned The Washington Post and Shitty Corporate News Outlet, partisanship is broiling here in Washington, and to discount it is to fail to understand contemporary politics. The fact is that the two political parties in the United States disagree violently about the role of government and are currently duking it out over the subject with ball peen hammers and sharp-toed boots. Handing the “tea party movement” a de facto legitimization and calling for cooperation in Congress isn’t going stop the hammering, raucous battleâ€”certainly not so long as a Republigoat can look you in the eye regarding HCR and can seriously say, ya know, screw it, let’s trash it and start over, what do you say?