Chuck “Little, Porky Amendments” Schumer thinks that he can split up Tea Party.

Why don’t you go ahead and make your play there, Chuck.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file.

Schumer, one of the Democrats’ most influential strategists, will argue in a major speech on Thursday that super-wealthy Tea Party donors have hijacked the grassroots movement that grew out of the economic anxiety of the 2008 financial collapse to suit their pro-big-business agenda.



Yale professor finds hint of a suggestion that Tea Partiers aren’t scientific illiterates; *doesn’t* suppress it.

It is a general indictment of our current system of academia that I can’t decide which of these passages will offend said academics more. First, this observation:

Yale Law professor Dan M. Kahan was conducting an analysis of the scientific comprehension of various political groups when he ran into a shocking discovery: tea party supporters are slightly more scientifically literate than the non-tea party population.

(Um. No, it’s not actually shocking*.) Anyway, here’s Professor Kahan’s reaction: (more…)


An entertaining proposed compromise on the Washington Redskins thing.

Worth it, just to see the screaming. From Constant Reader BigGator5:

I am going to go against the grain and agree with President Obama. Change the name

President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.

…To the “DC Tea Party”.

And oh, my, but there would be screaming.


Harry Reid: “…ANARCHISTS! Anarchists roaming the halls!”

No doubt leering at the staff, too:

Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues.

“We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate.

“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

Actually, what that is is a lie. On a variety of levels: (more…)


The IRS and Barack Obama: mission, as they say, accomplished.

(H/T: Instapundit) Annnnnnd here we go.  Two meaty bits from a Fox News poll:

irs poll 1

Translation: people don’t particularly believe that the Executive Branch didn’t know about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups all along. (more…)


Tweet Of The Day, This Is Indeed The Media Flowchart edition.

And far too many in the Media live for the day that they can finally blame it all on the Tea Party.

Whether or not that will work is another question.


Yet ANOTHER call for a Leftist Tea Party.

The best sort of clueless person is the sort that pats themselves on the back for actually being all with-it, and suchlike.  Today’s example: Larry Lessig.  Lessig didn’t really write anything that was good enough stylistically to quote, so I’ll summarize: Lessig hates Citizens United, likes to beat the dead horse of public financing of elections (mind you, that horse was shot four years ago by Barack Obama), and thinks that there should be an organic grassroots movement designed around the bedrock principle of Do Whatever Larry Lessig Says.  And that said grassroots movement needs to be cultivated by the Democratic Establishment (which includes Larry Lessig, despite his no-doubt vehement protestations otherwise).  Because, you know, the Democrats need to create their own Tea Party.

(pause) (more…)


#rsrh Yet another attempt to brew a Lefty pot of tea.

Via Instapundit: Van Jones is trying to create a genuine imitation artificial left-populist movement again.

[Van] Jones is now attempting to lead a social movement. The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports today that Jones is launching “an Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring,’” designed to rally “the 99 percent.”

Hopefully, this time without the rapes and violence*.  Seriously, though: how many of these initiatives by Jones have we seen by now?  There has to be at least a half-dozen of these schemes of his: at what point will Jones confront the possibility that maybe the reason that he and his can’t replicate the Tea Party is because that he and his, well, suck?

Moe Lane

*Well, I hope.  I can’t speak for the people who would be planning to attend said “Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring.’”


#rsrh QotD, Doing Unto Others As We’ve Been Done By Edition.

The New York Times, discussing the alleged politicization of the IRS in an election year:

Jay Sekulow, a conservative lawyer known more for his stands on religious freedom than for his tax work, said he is representing 16 Tea Party groups that are claiming harassment by the I.R.S., and the number is growing. He said he intended to demand an explanation from the Treasury Department on Wednesday for what he called “McCarthyism” tactics and that he would contact Republican lawmakers this week.

“This is obviously a coordinated effort by the I.R.S. to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” Mr. Sekulow said. “It’s as onerous as what they did to the N.A.A.C.P. in the 1950s, and I plan to make that point.”



#rsrh Topic for discussion, 3rd Anniversary of Tea Party edition.

Topic: The success of the Tea Party* is twofold: it taught Republicans to be activists, and activists to be Republicans.

Discuss. (more…)

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#rsrh The only people wondering whether the Occupy movement…

…has a future in politics are the people that don’t actually really understand American politics. Which apparently includes Time Magazine.

But let me dumb it down: if the best that the Occupy movement can do is: field one candidate who will probably lose his primary; and create a cargo-cult PAC… then no, the Occupy movement has no future in politics.  Go ask the Tea Party movement how far along they were at the equivalent point in the last election cycle, compare it to where the Occupiers are now – then either wince, or engage in mocking daemonic laughter, as you see fit.

Via Hot Air Headlines.


#rsrh City of Richmond responds to Tea Party fairness request with …AUDIT?

If this story is true:

…as reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.


On November 14th, representatives of our Tea Party attended the City Council meeting to speak to the Mayor and Council during the citizen forum. Mayor Jones, apparently too busy to listen to his constituents, got up and left before we spoke. He had no problem inviting members of the Occupy group to his office for a closed door meeting days later, at the same time refusing to meet with us.

His administration, however, found the time to send us an audit letter…

(Via PJ Tatler) (more…)

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