Enhancing that Tea Party Reputation

Here is how CNN is covering McDaniel’s unwillingness to concede because he thinks it is wrong the blahs were allowed to vote. At any rate, I love it.


It’s nice to see the media call these tea party tantrums what they are.

79 replies
  1. 1

    I will be happy when they start calling McCain the sore loser that he is.

  2. 2
    shelley says:

    They are the party of obnoxious brats. If they don’t get exactly what they want, it’s ‘Conspiracy! No fair, no fair! I hate you-I hate you…I hate you!”

  3. 3
    The Dangerman says:

    I wonder what he thought of Operation Chaos in 2008 (and you KNOW if he could have pulled off an Operation KKKaos to win, he would have done so).

  4. 4
    dmsilev says:

    The wailing and gnashing of teeth from the professional conservatives is hilarious. My favorite so far is Erick Erikovich:

    I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.

    Don’t cry, Erick, you still have ‘hating blacks, women, homosexuals, poor people, Latinos, etc.’ in your party’s platform.

  5. 5
  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: We all know that this excellent news for John McCain.

  7. 7
    Ash Can says:

    When you’ve lost CNN…

  8. 8
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: And here I thought I was gonna click thru and see a cat named Zen…. Cool stuff.

  9. 9
    MomSense says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Great, photo!

  10. 10

    @OzarkHillbilly: Thanks! I am never sure if the photos from my India trip are relevant to interests of the denizens of Tunchland.

  11. 11
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Anybody wanna place bets on when that’s edited? I say within an hour.

  12. 12
    catclub says:

    From Political Animal:

    This is a “betrayal” they will never forget, and will never forgive of Cochran’s “conservative” backers like the Barbours, Gov. Phil Bryant, and Sen. Roger Wicker.

    I wish it were true. If it were true they would vote for Childers or sit out the election. I doubt it.

  13. 13
    raven says:

    Isn’t the Virginia law that says a primary loser can’t run as a write-in called the “sore loser” law?

  14. 14

    @raven: What if the loser changes parties?

  15. 15
    raven says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It’s been there all day. It has moved to a lower section now but it’s still on the front page.

  16. 16

    @MomSense: Thanks!@OzarkHillbilly: Since you spoke of Zen cat, here she is.

  17. 17
    catclub says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: What about “can’t run ” has anything to do with parties? Write ins are by definition not on the line owned by the party.

    ETA: Above is excessively snarky, since it is all about things that benefit the two major parties, ONLY. I would not be surprised if the law is written so that you cannot get on the line for some other small party, even though that assumes that the only entities that matter are the two major parties.

  18. 18
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @catclub: Who’d’a thunk that there’d be a thousands-strong mass of people who had managed to convince themselves that the Republican Party… of _Mississippi_… was TOO LIBERAL?

  19. 19
    Comrade Dread says:

    @dmsilev: There’s also bombing the bejeezus out of brown folks and launching unnecessary wars to prove America’s ‘resolve’. All Republicans can agree on that.

  20. 20

    @catclub: Seems particularly mean and unsporting.

  21. 21
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Oooooohhhhhhhmmmmmmmm……

    On the subject of caves, it is amazing how many have been hijacked for religious purposes. I even got married in a cave.

  22. 22
    Calliope Jane says:

    Eli Wallach died? That’s really too bad. 98 is a great run, sure, but still too bad. I think he’s on the commentary for How to Steal a Million; going to have to watch that.

    McDaniels apparently began his not-a-concession speech with “We had a dream.” The cluelessness is strong with that one.

  23. 23

    @OzarkHillbilly: Hi Batman! A cave wedding is pretty cool.

  24. 24
    Morzer says:

    @Calliope Jane:

    “A dream to some, a nightmare to others”

  25. 25
    Patrick says:


    I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.

    Yet, 47% of all voting Americans still like it. And that platform is still enough to win their party the House this fall, perhaps even the Senate. Go figure…

  26. 26

    @dmsilev: What about telling women what to do with their bodies?

  27. 27
    MikeJ says:

    I actually think open primaries are a horrific idea, but the Republicans have had control of everything in Mississippi long enough that if they really disagreed with it, they could have changed it long ago.

  28. 28
  29. 29
    dmsilev says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I think that falls under the ‘hating women’ clause.

  30. 30

    @dmsilev: My bad, I only read the block quoted part.

  31. 31
    Belafon says:

    @Morzer: Thanks for the Excalibur reference.

  32. 32
    MomSense says:

    @dmsilev: @schrodinger’s cat: I’m sort of shocked that he identified the Repub platform so succinctly and accurately and especially shocked that he seems to think that platform is a bad thing.

    The problem is the things he would add to that platform since I really don’t believe he wants to say yes to anything Obama tries nor do I think he will want to rein in corporations.

  33. 33
    Trollhattan says:

    The next tea party hero lives in or near Mukilteo, WA.

    Screaming man with dead raccoon in Mukilteo

    MUKILTEO (AP) — Someone called 911 to report a screaming man dragging an animal along a highway in Mukilteo. When officers arrived Thursday they found a dead raccoon on a leash.

    The Mukilteo police blotter says the man placed marshmallows around the animal and declared it a hazmat or hazardous materials zone. The Daily Herald reports the raccoon was taken to a local shelter for disposal and the man was last seen getting on a bus.

  34. 34
    srv says:

    Mormon’s lose the right to not be gay:

    DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states cannot bar same-sex marriages, overturning Utah’s voter-approved ban against them in a decision that extends a long streak of legal victories for such unions.

    The ruling by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit here in Denver came almost a year after the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law that denied marriage benefits to same-sex couples.

    On Wednesday, the appeals court wrote it was considering an issue in “full bloom.”

    “The Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws,” the court wrote in its 2-to-1 ruling. “A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.”

  35. 35

    I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes.

    @dmsilev: I’m not sure what Erick the Fuckhead thought the GOP stood for. That’s what it has stood for (substitute Dem president as needed) since before World War 2.

    Oh yeah, and beating up on darkies and poors and queers. That’s a somewhat more recent development, albeit one that predates my birth.

    And yes, Erick, that is “not much of a platform”.

  36. 36
    Mike in NC says:

    The GOP will endorse Santorum’s man-on-dog sex before it turns it’s back on Wall Street and it’s corporate masters.

  37. 37
    Kay says:

    @Mike in NC:

    The Tea Party could endorse campaign finance reform. Sherrod Brown has a great bill.
    Of course, then they couldn’t pay Tea Party Express organizers 450k for losing a Senate primary in an overwhelmingly GOP state so I doubt EE will be on board.

  38. 38
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @am: Sad. Recently read a story on Pharyngula about a police officer slashing a chained dog’s throat in Baltimore. And I also recall a few years back when police officers shot and killed a Mayor’s two dogs on what turned out to be a mistaken drug bust.

  39. 39

    @MomSense: and @CONGRATULATIONS!:
    Given who and what he’s been cheerleading, I believe he wants fucking over minorities to trump tongue-bathing the rich. Reagan wedded the racists to the MBAs with the holy vow of ‘Let’s all be assholes together’. That alliance is under strain for the first time I can remember. I doubt seriously it will break, but the racists are so pissed they want to burn the country down, and the MBAs aren’t that stupid.

  40. 40
    srv says:

    @CONGRATULATIONS!: Oh, the butthurt in that thread.

    We need to help these peeps out. Let’s form the Benghazi Party and split the Tea Party vote.

  41. 41
    Pete says:

    Very disappointed that based on this image, John Cole clicked through to the “Bride SnapsSelfie, Dies 8 mins. later” article. DON’T FEED THE CLICKBAITERS!

  42. 42
    PurpleGirl says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: The denizens of Tunchland love photos of anything. In this case, the ones of your trip are interesting and especially nice to see since I doubt I’m ever getting to India.

  43. 43

    Sad. Recently read a story on Pharyngula about a police officer slashing a chained dog’s throat in Baltimore.

    @Patricia Kayden: Not sure how far you got with that story, but the little good news to come out of it is that his fellow officers arrested him on the spot, and the chief fired his sorry ass the next day.

  44. 44

    @PurpleGirl: Thanks! I actually didn’t do much of the tourist thing, you know going to the Taj and the like. Just hanging out with friends and fambly, in and and around the city of Bombay.

    ETA: You should go to India, it can be overwhelming but is never boring.

  45. 45
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @PurpleGirl: Plus, it is cool to see a temple devoted to the inventor of the wheel.

  46. 46
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Trollhattan: ugh what is up with Washington and weird animal stories?

  47. 47
    Morzer says:


    Some conservatives aren’t happy that their preferred candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) lost to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. Many tea party types are openly speculating foul play and that Democrats and black voters were involved. Take Rush Limbaugh who wondered if Cochran’s campaign slogan in Mississippi over the last few days was “Uncle Toms for Thad.”

  48. 48
    Morzer says:


    I thought Mike Huckabee had been quiet for too long.

  49. 49

    @Morzer: Their outreach efforts to the minorities are laudable. Not.

  50. 50
    muddy says:

    Any odds as to whether the Democrat in the general will have ads with the Cochran bestiality talk? Or would that be uncivil?

  51. 51
    Morzer says:


    If Cochran wins with race-baiting push, he should be kicked out of #GOP caucus. #mssen GOP hates grassroots so much, it needs Dems.

    That word race-baiting you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.

  52. 52
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Morzer: Wait, what? That’s an odd use of the Uncle Tom epithet

  53. 53
    gogol's wife says:


    Yes, I’m still trying to get my head around that. So the Black Panthers voted for the Tea Party guy?

    And I shudder to think what’s behind this NewsMax headline: “Boehner Sues Obama for Abuse of Power.”

  54. 54
    Morzer says:


    Far be it from me to speculate on the thought processes of Rush Limbaugh.

  55. 55
    muddy says:

    @SatanicPanic: How can poor Flush tell the difference, he knows they all look the same. Uncle Tom refers to a black person in a negative way. Thus one can use this term for any behavior of any black person that one doesn’t care for. Duh.

    ETA: Behavior … that one doesn’t care for, clearly he already hates the people themselves.

  56. 56
    Morzer says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Abuse of Power = Winning An Election While Black

  57. 57
    gogol's wife says:

    @SatanicPanic: @Morzer:

    The exegesis:

    “I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past few days, ‘Uncle Toms for Thad’? Because I thought it was the worst thing you could do as an African American, vote for a Republican. The worst thing you could do,” Limbaugh said on Wednesday. “But somehow they were made to believe that voting for old Thad would be fine and dandy. And why? Because they were told Thad’s done a lot for black people in Mississippi. Must be the first time they were told that.”

  58. 58
    Morzer says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    It tells us that Limbaugh’s mind is an unredeemed septic tank of ignorance and malice – but we already knew that.

  59. 59
    SatanicPanic says:

    @muddy: That must be it. Kind of like how conservatives are all invested in Obama being “not a real black”. Like, OK, that’s an odd thing for them to get hung up on, but like Morzer I’m not going to puzzle over it too much.

  60. 60
    muddy says:

    @gogol’s wife: Yeah, that’s why they voted for him. “Because they were told Thad’s done a lot for black people in Mississippi.” FFS. It’s so amazingly rude that he picks the most childlike simplistic view of why people act politically. How could these simple folk have had any notion of strategic crossovers in primaries? Like it’s new.

    Or is it that he knows he is lying to *his* rubes and they swallow it all, and thus thinks everyone is a rube? That’s probably the real reason, but I don’t think he has that kind of self-insight.

  61. 61
    Mike in NC says:

    @Morzer: Boehner wants to sue Obummer for failing to authorize the re-invasion of Iraq. Good luck with that, Johnny.

  62. 62
  63. 63
    SatanicPanic says:

    @muddy: and this from the guy who came up with Operation Chaos

  64. 64
    Morzer says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Is that the official version, or your interpretation?

  65. 65
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @muddy: AAs as simple, childlike people is one of the oldest tropes in the racist book.* It is simply vile.

    *There are probably bonus points for mentioning love of singing and dancing.

  66. 66
    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Not to mention the beneficial effects of slavery.

  67. 67
    Bubblegum Tate says:


    If they don’t get exactly what they want, it’s…


    …voter fraud


  68. 68
    muddy says:

    @Morzer: And sharecropping.

  69. 69
    Morzer says:

    Jamelle Bouie has a nice piece on how Thad Cockroach survived:


    Right-wing conservatives aren’t happy. Cochran won “through a combination of race-baiting attacks on McDaniel, and touting his ability to make government larger and bring home more goodies from Washington,” wrote John Hayward for Human Events. Following his lead, more than a few bloggers—and a whole lot of tweeters— have accused Cochran of “race-baiting” for making active appeals to black voters. “GOP primary voters in Miss wanted Cochran out. GOP establishment wanted him in. So they turned to Dems & race baiting. But I repeat myself,” said one conservative on Twitter.

    I think we can agree this is ridiculous. Cochran was well in his rights, and the law, to expand the map of the electorate. To appeal to new groups of voters—to ask them to consider your policies and their impact on their communities—is to play politics in its purest form. Cochran didn’t cheat, he changed the game. And because of his views and his rhetoric, McDaniel couldn’t play.

  70. 70
    rikyrah says:

    I was listening to the local Black talk radio station. They were discussing the election in Mississippi. Folks called in with relatives down there, and they were like, do you know that Mississippi gets FORTY-FIVE PERCENT of its state budget from FEDERAL MONIES.
    Cochran is responsible for a lot of that…the other guy said he would cut it out.
    Black folks voted their economic interests.
    As usual, the White Working Class was willing to vote against their economic interests.

  71. 71
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @SatanicPanic: Rush’s definition of “Uncle Tom” is someone who thought the Emancipation Proclamation was a good idea.

  72. 72
    David Koch says:

    Lincecum throwing No-hitter in the 9th!

  73. 73
    Howard Beale IV says:

    @David Koch: And he succeeds!

  74. 74
    Elizabelle says:


    Yup. Kansas: come on down to the Gulf Coast. We gots your soulmates down he-ah.

  75. 75
    Elizabelle says:

    @David Koch:


    Sounds like a name straight from Latin, or the name of the next blockbuster pharma product.

  76. 76
    Roger Moore says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    And I shudder to think what’s behind this NewsMax headline: “Boehner Sues Obama for Abuse of Power.”

    He’s threatening to sue, just as soon as he can come up with some grounds that won’t be laughed out of court. I’m not holding my breath.

  77. 77
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Roger Moore: No court is going want to touch a case lie that with a ten foot pole. They will all scream “POLITICAL QUESTION!” at the top of their lungs and run away. And I don’t blame them.

  78. 78
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Married in a cave, cool. And I am so glad to see that you are a fan of bats! I’ve been wearing my various bat sanctuary rescue t-shirts the last few days and getting quite a range of reactions!

    #lovemesomebats #notlikeozzyosborne

  79. 79
    PaulW says:

    Boehner planning to sue Obama over executive orders, although he can’t even point to a specific EO that would be the cause of the lawsuit.

    It’s as clear an attempt to force an impeachment on Obama – make EOs illegal, then impeach Obama for making EOs – as anything else. There is no other explanation for it.


Comments are closed.