Saturday , for reasons even I can’t fathom, I flicked on NBC’s “The Today Show”. Suddenly the morning’s gentle, newly- formed vibrations were tsunami-ed by the spectacle of Sarah Palin addressing a Tea Party mob in Searchlight, Nevada. Anchorman Lester Holt, who’s face always looks like it’s about to rupture into a smirk, was playing it straight this time, soberly addressing the phenomenon of thousands of disaffected “real” citizens, led by their anointed pompom girl, descending on Harry Reid’s hometown to “take back America”.
Normally I would have lunged for the remote in search of some more intellectually stimulating fare, like, let’s say, “Man Vs. Food” or “America’s Dirtiest Jobs”, but instead was immediately sucked in . There was Sarah, in all of her Peggy Hill glory, telling the crowd “We’re saying the big government, big debt, Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree is over, you’re fired!” There was the mob, erupting into cheers! There was Palin, again: “How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for you?” Grown men swooned, women wept. The camera cut to one woman’s homemade sign, next to a picture of President Obama with devil horns, that read “Liar, Thug, Traitor, Commie Usurper.” Finally, Palin announced “We’re not going to sit down and shut up.”, and the crowd exploded into an orgasmic frenzy. America was safely back in their hands again.
No, Sarah and her un-glued acolytes are not going to sit down and shut up any time soon, and the media will continue to treat the “movement” with respect and dignity. Look, when the bible of your religion is Glenn Beck’s “Arguing with Idiots” and your savior is Sarah Palin, you deserve about as much dignity and respect as the fools who jump into Lake Winnebago on New Years Day. But, in fact, journalists and pundits instead are stumbling all over themselves trying to explain the tea party phenomenon. Just in today’s New York Times, there are three seperate pieces that attempt to analyze the tea baggers. Two columnists, Frank Rich and Charles M. Blow, are convinced that racism motivates the mob, while reporter Kate Zernike thinks the ‘ baggers are merely the unemployed with too much time on their hands.
All three may be partially right, but is it possible that the tea party movement is just a collection of gullible idiots, whipped into a frenzy by pitiless demagogues? The bunch that was so easily convinced that “death panels” would rule the land and that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim, now believe that a law that leaves 100% of medical coverage in the hands of for-profit insurance companies is communistic. Hell, they’ve even traipsed out Joe-the-Fucking-Plumber again, proving that there is literally nobody unworthy of their rapt attention.
Actually I hope these shitbirds don’t sit down and shut up. They are a constant source of amusement for me , plus they’re single-handedly making the Republican Party irrelevant. And besides ,were it not for a subculture of the misinformed leading the uninformed, no one would flip this clown’s rock and put him on national television: