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Tea party may run its course into ditch (Hurl, you shall)
The St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | Daniel Ruth

Posted on 09/23/2010 3:45:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There's a scene toward the end of the great movie Lawrence of Arabia when the Bedouin warriors seize Damascus, their long yearned for and hard-fought prize at last within their grasp.

Alas, chaos soon grips the occupiers. Fires break out over the city and the new, bickering rulers of Damascus find themselves impotent. They know nothing about electrical grids, or how to operate the water system, or how to govern. Meanwhile the British Army sits on the sidelines — and waits.

In short order the frustrated Bedouins, completely bumfuzzled over the complexities of modernity, return to what they know best — the desert, leaving the city to the British.

The lesson here, of course, is that while passion is an admirable quality, passion won't make the trains run on time if you have no idea how a railroad works.

For example: Followers of the tea party, a movement filled with its own political Bedouins of malcontents and folks angrier than Yosemite Sam meets Snidely Whiplash, would throw all the bums out of Washington and replace them with — what?

There is a school of thought that the tea party effort is made up of ultra-right-wing neo-conservatives who believe in smaller government, lower taxes and yada-Glenn-yada-Beck-yada-Rush-blah-Limbaugh-blah-Fox-blah. But it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a burgeoning party-within-a-party, whose ideals are grounded more in civic illiteracy rather than flag-waving, and situational ethics rather than phony motherhood and apple pie patriotism.

You want proof? Christine O'Donnell.

A few days ago, Delaware make-believe Republicans rejected Mike Castle, an able, experienced legislator respected on both sides of the political aisle. A guy who might have given the GOP control of the U.S. Senate was tossed aside in favor of the Gidget from hell — maybe literally.

Christine O'Donnell, a perennial Delaware political gadfly, is less electable than David Duke running in Harlem. She won the Senate nomination thanks to the Know Nothing Tea Party voters who preferred a candidate who has dabbled in witchcraft and hasn't had a job in five years. This is a fiscal conservative whose house was foreclosed on and who used campaign funds to pay her living expenses.

Now there's a Margaret Thatcher moment for you.

Castle's sin? Who knows? Maybe he once said "Good morning," to Barney Frank. Uh-oh.

In Utah, three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, an intellectually honest conservative, was denied re-nomination after being told by a tea party bumpkin he didn't love the Constitution enough.

And in New York, the tea party helped nominate Carl Paladino for governor, a chap who likes to send racist and obscene e-mails. How's that values thing working out for you?

If you are a loyal, rock-ribbed Reagan/Goldwater Republican, you have just been played for a chump. Your party has been hijacked by a gaggle of faux Bible-thumpers, conspiracy theorists, revisionist historians, lemmingesque disciples of the radio dial drive-by bloviators and Sarah Palin, the queen of the cut-and-runners.

This isn't a political party. It's a perverse quilting bee of pinched, ill-informed supernumeraries who would cast an ignorant, unquestioning vote for an unelectable candidate because a failed vice presidential candidate, who looks fabulous in leather, told them to.

You know things aren't looking up for Republican political fortunes when the likes of Karl Rove start checking out real estate listings — in France. Rove looked the most shell-shocked over O'Donnell's primary victory, reacting as if Roseanne Rosannadanna might someday wind up sitting on the Senate Finance Committee.

But Rove himself always has relied upon the cluelessness of an easily manipulated body politic to advance his candidates and causes. The O'Donnell win could be viewed as a case of "The Architect" being hoisted on his own disregard.

In the long run, the ultimate victim of the tea party useful idiot euphoria may be Palin herself. If Palin decides to run for the presidency in 2012 (please, please, please, run, Sarah, run) it's hard to imagine the Republican establishment rallying around a figure who so openly opposed more viable GOP candidates that she may have cost the party at least control of the Senate this year.

To her credit the Palin imprimatur has been a valuable commodity this primary election season. But at what cost to her at least titular association to the party, which has provided her such a lucrative career?

In the meantime, Palin better be careful not to even nod hello in the general direction of a Democrat. These tea party types have a very low threshold for perceived treason — or reality.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; dnctalkingpoints; juvenile; liberalidiots; msm; palin; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion
Don't you love it? Where to even start?
1 posted on 09/23/2010 3:45:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

St. Petersburg Russia.


2 posted on 09/23/2010 3:46:25 PM PDT by IbJensen (Our government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obamah is leading his herd right over the cliff for the biggest political slaughter in American history.

Some in the herd are trying to escape the stampede, but its too late.

3 posted on 09/23/2010 3:48:47 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Start with a BARF ALERT next time...


4 posted on 09/23/2010 3:49:02 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You want proof? Christine O’Donnell. + Pelosi + Biden + Obama + Frank + Dodd + Reid + Rangle + ad nauseum.


5 posted on 09/23/2010 3:49:02 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The analogy still works, only the Obamaites are the Arabs screwing everything up in Damascus and the Tea Party Conservatives are the British Army who will come in to fix it.


6 posted on 09/23/2010 3:49:44 PM PDT by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know I r confuzed by electical grids and runnin water. I r just waitin for the ruling clas to tell me how to breathe I r so stupid.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 3:50:19 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: 70times7

What do you think “Hurl, you shall” means?


8 posted on 09/23/2010 3:51:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: IbJensen

Ahahahahahahaaa...bunch of little baby girls.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 3:52:21 PM PDT by barbarianbabs (smell the tea?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They ARE scared....the DEMS, that is.


10 posted on 09/23/2010 3:55:10 PM PDT by goodnesswins (There are Indian Reservations in the US LARGER than Israel. Leave Israel alone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Talking points are out!!


11 posted on 09/23/2010 3:55:50 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The lesson here, of course, is that while passion is an admirable quality, passion won't make the trains run on time if you have no idea how a railroad works.

Sure I do, fire the union conductor!

And in New York, the tea party helped nominate Carl Paladino for governor, a chap who likes to send racist and obscene e-mails. How's that values thing working out for you?

Racist? Oh wait, he's white that's why you said it. Gotcha! GO PALADINO - squash the maggot!

If you are a loyal, rock-ribbed Reagan/Goldwater Republican, you have just been played for a chump. Your party has been hijacked by a gaggle of faux Bible-thumpers,

GREAT!! We have GOD on our side. What do you call your Koran?
12 posted on 09/23/2010 3:56:15 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: IbJensen

St. Petersburg, Florida - Headquarters for Scientology.


13 posted on 09/23/2010 3:57:38 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, yes. The lovely St Petersberg Times.

The paper I refuse to buy because I am so sick and tired of their incessant leftist ideology. If they don’t have a headline story that bends left, they’ll publish an editorial as the headline. They don’t care.

I hope they go out of business.


14 posted on 09/23/2010 3:58:33 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
commie bastids lying and spreading evil propaganda from 1600 hell Avenue... yawn.

LLS

15 posted on 09/23/2010 3:58:34 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well the T Party will have him for a little snack in November. They are here to stay and grow stronger every day as little sniveling Marxists like this Bozo grow weaker.


16 posted on 09/23/2010 3:58:50 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The lesson here, of course, is that while passion is an admirable quality, passion won't make the trains run on time...

Why, no. For that you need a Mussolini. Mr. Ruth might want to be a bit more careful with his metaphors.

17 posted on 09/23/2010 4:01:40 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is no place to even start with this. This woman is so far ‘out there’ that rescue is hopeless.
18 posted on 09/23/2010 4:01:59 PM PDT by JPG (Care for another lobster, Mookie? How's your steak? Ready for another triple Stoli/rocks?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
throw all the bums out of Washington and replace them with — what?

So the "defense" implicit in this idiotic statement is that "You're better off just accepting the bums!" Elitist bums are better than plebian bums? Better the devil we know than the devil we don't?

Is this what made America great? Resignation to mediocrity?

And this from the people who ran on a platform of "change."

I'll tell you -- what: ANYTHING! Support for Congress is 18 percent! Syphilis is more popular!

If this is the final defense the leftards can offer, they are indeed at the abyss.

19 posted on 09/23/2010 4:03:18 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thurman Thomas on Paladino: 'He's no racist' Video Ad

hahah..


20 posted on 09/23/2010 4:03:38 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...who preferred a candidate who has dabbled in witchcraft

An op-ed writer for the LA Times made a similar statement earlier this week. Neither writer noted that she did this when she was a teenager a quarter of a century ago.

21 posted on 09/23/2010 4:06:09 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

I’ll take the one who dabbled in witchcraft years ago over the one who puts Marxism into practice every day, any day of the week. O’Donnell is a rock-ribbed Conservative. Coons is a kook.


22 posted on 09/23/2010 4:10:09 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sounds like he is really describing the Communist-Democrat party, And how all the Commies,Socialists,Progressives, and other assorted whack jobs took over the Democrat party back in the 80's

What most of these propagandists in the Newsfaker orginazations don't seem to get is that for every sign carrying Tea Party supporter that shows up at a gathering, There is a hundred supporters sitting at home ready to craw over broken glass to send the Commies packing.

The 1968 DNC convention in Chicago was the last time Democrats had control of the Democrat party.

All the Commies,Anarchists, and Kooks rioting outside are who now control the Rat party.

23 posted on 09/23/2010 4:10:32 PM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love it when people who treat the Constitution like toilet paper accuse those who respect it of being “know-nothings”. It were as though all human knowledge achieved prior to, say, 1968 can be safely ignored. Progressives are the true “know-nothings” of our time. They reject reason, logic and the accumulated wisdom of the ages in favor of their emotional prescriptions, all of which lead to the same end: power and control over that which they had no hand in creating.


24 posted on 09/23/2010 4:10:54 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Daniel Ruth, 59, has been scribbling away for 36 years as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the St. Petersburg Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award.

Red Diaper Doper Baby?

25 posted on 09/23/2010 4:11:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bedouins one, RINOs nothing.


26 posted on 09/23/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT by fish hawk (there is only one God and he is not called Allah)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you are a loyal, rock-ribbed Reagan/Goldwater Republican, you have just been played for a chump. Your party has been hijacked by a gaggle of faux Bible-thumpers, conspiracy theorists, revisionist historians, lemmingesque disciples of the radio dial drive-by bloviators and Sarah Palin, the queen of the cut-and-runners.

Most of the people in the Tea Party are Reagan/Goldwater Republicans.  Palin isn't a "faux Bible-thumper", Jeremiah Wright is.  Obama faked it too last Sunday.  All the fakers are on the left.  People like Sarah Palin put their Christianity into practice every single day.  Those like Obama do it simply for political expediency.

The only people played for chumps are the goof balls like this op-ed writer from Florida, who bought into this "Hope and Change" garbage back in 2008.

27 posted on 09/23/2010 4:18:35 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Argus

You nailed it. Move the clock back and the scenario is already being played out. The writer is quite the ignorant fellow.


28 posted on 09/23/2010 4:19:10 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: smokingfrog

A Tom Shales wannabe.


29 posted on 09/23/2010 4:19:44 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Well, we always bust on drug users. But here is my response:

Uh, who was the guy we saw in diapers? And how long does it take before you actually learn how to create a bill or sign onto it or vote for it? Obviously some democrats still don’t know how to be a true representative and listen to their constituents AND they don’t read the bills anyway! AAArrrgggghhhh.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 4:33:13 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Left has this fantasy that the Tea Party Movement will dry up and go away. All they do is live in a fantasy world; much of it is drug induced. The idea that the Tea Party Movement will drive itself into the ditch is another use of Alinsky technique. It is an effort to make it look like your opposition does what you do. The term for it is projection.

It is the Left that is driving America into the ditch with its drive into socialism.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 4:33:35 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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...frustrated angry Bedouins, completely bumfuzzled over the complexities of modernity, return to what they know best — the desert...

I think she is making a ethnic slur against Bedouins!!!

32 posted on 09/23/2010 4:35:32 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fools clutch desperately to their delusions.


33 posted on 09/23/2010 4:41:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writer is so full of sh*t that it would solve the world’s fertilizer problem for decades.

One kingsized enema coming up!


34 posted on 09/23/2010 4:44:06 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: TexasCajun

Obastard made the mistake of thinking the frog in the pot had been drugged so thoroughly that it wouldn’t jump out of the pot even if he poured in boiling water.


35 posted on 09/23/2010 5:00:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Progressives are the true “know-nothings” of our time. They reject reason, logic and the accumulated wisdom of the ages in favor of their emotional prescriptions, all of which lead to the same end: power and control over that which they had no hand in creating.

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They reject God.

These sick people see the government as their God, with their President as the Godhead. He and his ilk only believe in themselves.

He is a socialist pure and simple, all rights come from what the government deems the people should have at that point in time,, it's the basic tenet of Zer0's belief system.

He detests the basic values of America, and tries to replace virtue with political correctness, and freedom with socialism.

The social experiment is over, time to run the Kenyan out of office.

VOTE THEM ALL OUT IN NOVEMBER.

Look out Zer0, the hope and change is a coming... and not from you.

Obama-umbrella problem-3

36 posted on 09/23/2010 5:04:57 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What do you think “Hurl, you shall” means?

It tells me people are starting to speak in "Yoda."

37 posted on 09/23/2010 5:15:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am Derek Fenton! (me) Enjoying freedom ourselves requires tolerating it for others. (Jedidah))
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To: BobP

We need to vote in more Tea Chicks, for RAT presstitutes to be busy writing those “stimulating” articles.
Vote the bastRATs out!!!


38 posted on 09/23/2010 5:39:28 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: BobP

We need to vote in more Tea Chicks, for RAT presstitutes to be busy writing those “stimulating” articles.
Vote the bastRATs out!!!


39 posted on 09/23/2010 5:39:29 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep it up A-Hole...you are only making me want to crawl over dead bodies to VOTE!

http://tinyurl.com/2dplw4t


40 posted on 09/23/2010 5:45:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The truth is .... The Tea Party(caucus) IS G.R.O.W.I.N.G..........
Tomorrow, next week IT WILL BE BIGGER... with more scope..
41 posted on 09/23/2010 7:39:13 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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