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Ted Cruz isn't the only Tea Party nut. There's plenty more of them
The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 25, 2013 | Ana Marie Cox

Posted on 10/30/2013 3:58:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It's instructive to remember that when the Tea Party first began to gather steam, the name referred to a "party" in the celebration sense – the Boston Tea Party, specifically: an event of planned chaos, a protest that masqueraded as an Indian attack. Over time, the name has lost its punny puckishness much as the movement has steadily shifted from a proudly anacharical – even populist – response and rebellion within the GOP to a smoothly functioning alternative to it.

The government shutdown proved that attempts by the GOP establishment to co-opt the Tea Party as a source of energy just created a network of political sleeper agents. With its own mechanism for drafting (and supporting) candidates, its own agenda, and its own media eco-system, the Tea Party is a third_party by almost any criteria but ballot affiliation–and leadership. The absence of any official organizational structure might be one reason the Tea Party has remained so lively despite a terrible national reputation and negligible policy achievements. When something goes wrong, those identified with the failure fade for a time and the attention of Tea Party-identified voters shifts smoothly to someone else. There's also no demand for positive policy victories or signature legislation: no one has to win a debate, just spoil the outcome.

Thus it's no surprise that Ted Cruz is the current face of the Tea Party: All his achievements are proudly in the negative, all his goals are set resolutely in the past. But the Tea Party's fickle and hive-like nature virtually demands that Cruz cycle out of the spotlight eventually. He will either fail to stop something from happening or, perhaps worse, accidently cause something to get done.

For when that happens: here's a look at some of the Tea Party's once and perhaps future leaders....

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; cruz; palin; teaparty; tedcruz
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1 posted on 10/30/2013 3:58:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Comment: I hope there’s plenty more of them.


2 posted on 10/30/2013 4:00:56 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Count me in!


3 posted on 10/30/2013 4:01:33 PM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Terrible national reputation"?

She must be talking about the foreign nation formed by the northeastern states with their capitol in NYC.

4 posted on 10/30/2013 4:01:37 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not surprising that the British turn up their little snoots at the Tea Party.

After all, they were the target for the first go-round.


5 posted on 10/30/2013 4:02:04 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Party is not in the celebration sense. The government going broke and threatening to take us with them is nothing to celebrate.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 4:02:14 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To Commies, anyone that doesn’t bow down and kiss the feet of Big Govt is a “nut”


7 posted on 10/30/2013 4:02:17 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Second comment: Why do you post garbage propaganda from the Guardian?


8 posted on 10/30/2013 4:02:56 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only a liberal idiot could write garbage like this.


9 posted on 10/30/2013 4:03:19 PM PDT by mulligan
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To: ifinnegan

I’ll post anything I please, unless you’re the site owner. Are you?


10 posted on 10/30/2013 4:03:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonkette: just another DC slut.


11 posted on 10/30/2013 4:05:05 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tea Party nut

I forgot to count the number of men at the first Continental Congress that created the U. S. Constitution but that number should be added to the list.

Meanwhile, the inmates are now running the asylum and calling everyone else crazy.

12 posted on 10/30/2013 4:05:58 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve been called
puckish, punny yes, pucker no.

Hahahahaha, these morons have no idea what we are about.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 4:06:07 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ifinnegan

This comes to you courtesy of Manchester, one of Britain’s scummier big cities.


14 posted on 10/30/2013 4:06:58 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would this be the Manchester NH newspaper, the home state of backstabbing saboteur minimcain Kelly Ayotte?


15 posted on 10/30/2013 4:06:59 PM PDT by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I feel dumber after reading this.


16 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:07 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t Anna Cox the one that was “Wonkette” and ran around with the notorious serial slut Washingtonienne that liked to blog about screwing a different guy each night of the week?


17 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:11 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’ve been here long enough to know that such rubbish deserves a barf alert.


18 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:11 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The first paragraph is so inanely wrong it would be a waste of time to read further.


19 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: ifinnegan

Second comment: Why do you post garbage propaganda from the Guardian?

...just a wild guess on my part, but maybe he really wanted to get a discussion going...imagine that, on an open forum...


20 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:33 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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21 posted on 10/30/2013 4:08:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NJFatboy is a Tea Party guy?

Send this chica back to Puerto Rico, please!


22 posted on 10/30/2013 4:09:37 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Almond Joy has nuts


23 posted on 10/30/2013 4:09:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Regulator

LOL,

Just what I was thinking.

Brits just HATE upstarts.


24 posted on 10/30/2013 4:09:59 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pass out the tea party hoodies, and carry a sign I am Ted Cruz, if I had a son he would look like that...and if I had a country it would look like this(and have a depiction of Christ on the throne by God..)


25 posted on 10/30/2013 4:10:00 PM PDT by aces
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To: ifinnegan
Why do you post garbage propaganda from the Guardian?

Agreed. Why do people here post so many of these types of stuff? A few maybe, but the focus should be on what's right about our side. If all the troops heard what were what the Nazis were saying, their morale would have been severely damaged. Same here.

26 posted on 10/30/2013 4:10:19 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party is not and never has been “anacharical”. The desire for a smaller, less intrusive government (especially at the federal level) is not anarchial — it’s constitutional.


27 posted on 10/30/2013 4:10:40 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: IrishBrigade; ifinnegan

Everybody duck! Two Irishmen are about to argue. ;^)


28 posted on 10/30/2013 4:11:24 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
PS, I Luv this picture.

Palin looks like the picture of delight, an American Joan of Arc, a happy warrior who Truly Believes

Cruz looks serene and sincere, another True Believer

Words can't describe what we all can see


29 posted on 10/30/2013 4:11:36 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Those veterans and others behind them look like you and me, as it were, do they not?


30 posted on 10/30/2013 4:13:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: doorgunner69
Shorter Wonkette: Butt-Sex Jokes Are Only Funny When Liberals Tell Them
31 posted on 10/30/2013 4:13:36 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Tea Part is a little like Camelot - people obsessed with it apparently have a clear idea of what they're referring to but fail entirely to be able to communicate to anyone not so obsessed. This author has filled a grab bag with politicians who share a taste for smaller government with a certain populist appeal and refers to the bag as if it were something meaningful.

There is a widespread and increasingly strident - and desperate - attempt to marginalize small-government conservatives by framing them as some sort of radical splinter group. But Tea Party? Really? A group that the author is forced to admit has no national organization, no funding, no leadership, no platform, in fact nothing that would qualify it as a recognizable party at all?

Well, if it freaks establishment proggies out, count me in. We can work out the doctrinal details later.

32 posted on 10/30/2013 4:14:23 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another moron journalist that hasn’t a CLUE what the heartland is thinking right now.


33 posted on 10/30/2013 4:15:08 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This doofus doesn’t even know that it means “Taxed Enough Already”.


34 posted on 10/30/2013 4:17:50 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Hostage

Are you all three year olds? If you see a title that’s obviously controversial, by an author known to many as a sh*t-stirring b*tch, from a newspaper 10 places further left than anything we have here in the United States, do I really need to warn you that you probably won’t agree with her premise? I thought we were mostly adults here. When you see a “barf alert” or similar wording from me, you can pretty much rest assured that the article is going to make your blood boil. This is not such a piece. This is merely the Left letting you know who they fear by naming names. I reject 25 of these for every one that I post. Did you know that?


35 posted on 10/30/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: IrishBrigade

“...just a wild guess on my part, but maybe he really wanted to get a discussion going...imagine that, on an open forum...”

She!! :)


36 posted on 10/30/2013 4:20:53 PM PDT by Sporke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t....”

Damn centrists.


37 posted on 10/30/2013 4:21:00 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: TigersEye; IrishBrigade; ifinnegan

Huh? I’m an Austro-German.


38 posted on 10/30/2013 4:21:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I personally think its a good idea to pay attention to what they say on the other side.


39 posted on 10/30/2013 4:21:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Anacharical?! The intellectualoid libs try to sound smart, and they can’t even spell (unless they’re comparing the Tea Party to a common aquarium plant).

An`ach´a`ris

n. 1. (Bot.) A fresh-water weed of the frog’s-bit family (Hydrocharidaceæ), native to America. Transferred to England it became an obstruction to navigation. Called also waterweed and water thyme.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.


40 posted on 10/30/2013 4:21:47 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A combination of ignorance*, condescension and underestimation. I pray they actually think this way.

*They mention Rep. Cotton as having “quote[d] John Wilkes Booth approvingly” when he said “sic semper tyrannis” over the corpsified Hugo Chavez. That’s like saying I’m quoting the Klingon General Chang if I repeat any of the Shakespearean lines spoken by Christopher Plummer in that role (”Have we not heard the chimes at midnight?”, for instance). Either they don’t know it’s the state motto of Virginia, or they don’t care, as long as they can tar Rep. Cotton as a wannabe assassin....


41 posted on 10/30/2013 4:22:57 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You weren’t one of the two.


42 posted on 10/30/2013 4:23:53 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I’ll post anything I please, unless you’re the site owner. Are you?

I for one thank you for posting this. Anybody who does not understand the enemy will lose. Sun Tzu is still relevant. You post lots of stuff I find interesting.

43 posted on 10/30/2013 4:24:10 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: cripplecreek

I was an intelligence analyst for many years. Do you think we were busy studying US, British, French, Japanese and South Korean forces? Of course not! We were looking at the Russians, North Koreans, Red Chinese and other hostiles.


44 posted on 10/30/2013 4:24:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: TigersEye

I know, I was funnin’ ya.


45 posted on 10/30/2013 4:24:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder why Liberals continue to repeat slogans and false statements over and over?

The GOP shut the Government down
Obama killed Osama
Bush invades Iraq with no international support
ObamaCare is good and cheap
Guns kill people

They never, ever stop lying.


46 posted on 10/30/2013 4:25:23 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yankin’ my chain? Ya scamp!


47 posted on 10/30/2013 4:27:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’re just ticked that Cruz and the Tea Party have been dead on target with obama.


48 posted on 10/30/2013 4:27:33 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am so happy to hear that Cruz is not the only one.

I was so afraid that he was all alone.

Except for me, of course.


49 posted on 10/30/2013 4:30:16 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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I also see it as one of the things that makes us better than the left. They actively work to prevent anyone from hearing any other opinions and they don't learn anything because of it.

I've gone to protests and quietly stood among the moonbats to listen to what they were up to. Its how I get pictures like this.

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50 posted on 10/30/2013 4:30:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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