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Among 17 contested Senate races and in Texas, more than half a dozen of the Republican candidates — or those currently running ahead in their primaries — are Tea Party-embraced. The infusion of new conservative blood could alter the complexion of the Senate, increasing the sorts of conflicts between moderates and far-right Republicans disinclined toward compromise that have characterized the House for two years.

Scarier to contemplate than the zombie apocalypse.


WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate candidate for Indiana Richard Mourdock is again comparing slavery to modern politics, this time likening it to President Obama’s Chrysler bailout.

The Republican state treasurer argued during his primary contest against Sen. Richard Lugar that the climate now is like that before the Civil War, with Obama and Democrats in the roll of slave owners.

Late last week, Mourdock made the comparison even more direct, telling a crowd in Dallas that Obama’s Chrysler bailout showed the same principle that Abraham Lincoln decried in his famous debates with Stephen Douglas.

Mourdock, speaking to a PAC convention organized by the Tea Party group FreedomWorks on July 26, said that Lincoln’s argument was about the principles of right and wrong. What was wrong was the “divine right of kings … that would give power to someone so that they might say to someone else, ‘you work, you sweat, you toil, you earn bread — and I shall eat it.’”

h/t: HuffPost Politics


The Supreme Court may have declared that the government can order Americans to get health insurance, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to sign up.

Nowhere is that more evident than Oklahoma, a conservative state with an independent streak and a disdain for the strong arm of government. The state cannot even get residents to comply with car insurance laws; roughly a quarter of the drivers here lack it, one of the highest rates in the country.

When it comes to health insurance, the effort to sign people up isn’t likely to get much help from the state. Antipathy toward President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul runs so deep that when the federal government awarded Oklahoma a large grant to plan for the new law, the governor turned away the money — all $54 million of it.

If memory serves, Fallin was pressured into turning away the $54 mn under pressure from quasi-Tea Party extremists in the state legislature.

Tennessee multimillionaire Andy Miller has been warning for years about the lurking threat he says Sharia law poses to America. But this summer, his anti-Islam campaign has become the main act of a riveting Middle Tennessee congressional race, as Miller has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into a pair of super PACs aiming to take out GOP freshman Rep. Diane Black in her Thursday primary.

Black’s sin, according to Miller, is not taking the danger of Islam seriously enough. And he has found an ideological soul mate in Lou Ann Zelenik, a tea party activist and former construction company executive who lost to Black in 2010 by a mere 283 votes.


(via Right Wing Revolts On GOP Moderates)


(via Right Wing Revolts On GOP Moderates)



Mike Peters
Tennessee Tea Party goes Full Metal Orwell


Rewriting history to suit your personal comfort level is doubleplusgood.

Charles Johnson reports that Teabaggers in Tennessee are demanding that school textbooks leave out America’s history of slavery:

“…a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee has…

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Of all the right-wing meltdowns following yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, this statement put out by the chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party may take the cake:

When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the governed their every act and edict is of itself illegal and is outside the bounds of the Rule of Law. In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion.

May all of us fall on our faces before the Heavenly Judge, repent of our sins, and humbly cry out to Him for mercy on our country. And, may godly courageous leaders rise up in His wisdom and power to lead us in displacing the criminal invaders from their seats and restore our constitutional republic.

Despite Nicholson’s repeated charge that the Obama administration is guilty of high crimes, the only treason in play here is the suggestion of an open revolt against the federal government. Nicholson’s hardly the first Tea Partier to demand that people rise up in opposition to President Obama, in fact he’s not even the first to do so this week.

Matthew Davis, an attorney and former Michigan Republican Party spokesman, wrote yesterday that citizens might be justified taking up armed rebellion. In an email moments after the ruling with the subject line “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” Davis wrote “There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head. I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist.”

While few comments go as far as either Nicholson or Davis’, Slate compiled several other funny and over-the-top reactions from prominent conservatives, like Sarah Palin who thanked God for firing up “the troops,” or Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro, who tweeted that the decision “is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.”

Calling it now: In 2 years, domestic terrorism will be THE greatest military threat to the U.S.


You don’t want those yahoos determining the future of this country, do you?
Then get out and vote.


You don’t want those yahoos determining the future of this country, do you?

Then get out and vote.


Michael Cook at Talk Business reports on the warm reception a speaker received at a recent Ozark Tea Party rally June 9 in Mountain Home for telling this “icebreaker” joke in her approximation of black dialect:

A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’

“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’

“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’

“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”

The Baxter Bulletin, which covered the event, captured audio of the episode and reported that the crowd laughed heartily at Tea Party Board member Inge Marler. Afterward, one Tea Partyer, the local group’s founder Richard Caster, told a questioning reporter the joke was in bad taste. Marler also told the newspaper she regretted telling the joke (after being called on it), saying she found it on the Internet. (The Devil made her do it?)

Remember that item the other day about a study that found that the geographic likelihood of people Googling for terms like “n***er joke” tended to correlate with anti-Obama voting patterns?

Some 500 were on hand for the Baxter County gathering. The audience included Sen. Missy Irvin (R-ALEC), who sent out a Tweet from the event: “Great rally this afternoon for the Ozark Tea Party in Baxter County. Great job @RichardCaster!” Cook has called on all the Republican politicians in that area to repudiate Ms. Marler. I’d be happy to add the words of any who’d choose to do so. Or defend Marler, for that matter.

PS — A politician doesn’t face much risk telling race jokes in Baxter County, where the population is .2 percent black.

PPS — There are more white people on welfare than black people.

Answering questions at a Lapeer County Tea Party Patriots forum recently, Hoekstra said that it’s too late to investigate President Obama because, well, John McCain screwed that all up. But, he wants to be sure it never happens again.

Michigan, you need to fix this…

The tea party movement is kicking into gear again, buoyed by the success of Richard Mourdock in defeating longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s GOP primary. They’re intent on proving that the movement is not dead, as so many commentators have declared. To that end, the Tea Party Patriots (TPP), which claims to be one of the movement’s largest national umbrella groups, is recruiting volunteers for phone banks and promising a massive outpouring of support for embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The tea party has already been active in the recall fight, but is preparing to go all out in the last few weeks before the election.

Jenny Beth Martin, who heads Tea Party Patriots, told Breitbart News that the organization would be on the ground in the state by Wednesday and would be joining local tea party groups in setting up command centers for volunteers as well as “virtual call centers” so that people outside the state can help work the phones. “Wisconsin is pivotal, and it is ground zero for our political landscape,” Martin said. According to Breitbart News, she added that her organization was responding to a call for help from local groups “because they are exhausted from two years of non-stop campaigning, which they have been forced to do because of the left’s relentless tactics to thwart the will of the people.”

Tea Party Patriots could prove to be a formidable force in Wisconsin given the size of its fundraising machine; Martin recently bragged that the group raised $12 million last year.

And that could be problematic. As a nonprofit group, TPP is banned from devoting the bulk of its resources to campaign activities—those resources are supposed to be devoted to promoting social welfare, not political candidates, according to tax regulations. Yet TPP has been openly publicizing the fact that it’s supporting Walker in the election, and if it goes in for a big campaign in support of him, it may risk violating its tax-exempt status.