The Tea Party Turns 5


The Tea Party has turned five years old.  Not that it’s a real party nor that it’s a really defined movement.  But they have been a recent powerhouse in the Republican party.  Mostly they’ve been a movement against government.  They seem to be a revival of the 1960’s John Birch Society.  The difference between then and now is that the conservative intellectual and powerhouse, William F. Buckley Jr. said that there was no place for radicals like the John Birch Society in the Republican party.  Today there are no intellectuals in the Republican party, or at least intellectuals with the cojones of Buckley to denounce the Tea Party.



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29 responses to “The Tea Party Turns 5

  1. The funny thing is, the usual trajectory is aging while maturing.
    But not for this crew.
    Giving tea a bad name. Since 2008.

  2. Uh, too early in the morning for math. Making some coffee now.
    2009. Something else happened that year, too.

    Anybody up for some Oscar guessing? Lot of good movies out there this year. Can’t go wrong with any of the big nominees.

    Dallas Buyers Club — run to a theatre and see it, if you have not. But so many good ones.

    We have a local theatre with second run newish flicks for $2 to $4, depending on day. Also Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse with $6 movies you can imbibe through. And another big screen state of the art theatre with $5 movies all day Wednesday.

    Nothing like seeing a movie on a big screen, and this year’s crop has been mostly worth the trek.

    What did you guys like?

  3. The real story about the tea party is that there is no story at all. What great victories can they claim? None! All smoke, no fire.

  4. And grassroots alone? I don’t think so.

    They wouldn’t have gotten traction without our piss poor media, looking for anything to gin up controversy and eyeballs.

    The tea party are radical Republicans and free lunch type Libertarians and people who know the cost of everything — it’s too much! and they think they personally fund it all! — and the value of nothing. They don’t get the idea of community and the common good, if same don’t look and sound just like them.

    Ben Franklin would kick their asses, and then write something pithier about them.

  5. tempebev

    “Tea Party” sounds like such a stupid name. Of course, stupid is as stupid does.

    • dnd

      And the Oscar goes to…
      I’m always amazed at the Academy Awards, though I haven’t watched them in years. Seriously, what other profession does this. Don’t get me wrong, I like the half nekked actresses on the red carpet, and it’s a true test of an actor’s ability to pretend to smile when they don’t win. If the host is really funny that’s good, which is really difficult because four out of five people in the audience are losers and are not in the mood to laugh. But outside of that, I just don’t get it.

  6. Lot’s of professions have awards ceremonies. What are you talking about d?

  7. I enjoyed the Oscars. Lotsa good movies this year, and I think the Academy got it right on its major awards.

    I didn’t get the sense the audience or host was taking the occasion overly seriously last night, and that was good. It’s a bunch of millionaires dressed up in finery — borrowed, styled, sometimes owned — to promote the great American celebrity-entertainment complex.

    And the Brits and Aussies lend us some class!

    I was happy 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture, although it’s hard to find that many people who actually saw it.

  8. Tomorrow’s Pancake Day, aka Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras and Lent straight ahead. With Spring to follow.

    Pancake Day, though. The things you learn on the internet.

  9. Cate Blanchett is trying to single-handedly make up for Mr. Gibson.

    Judy Davis! Jane Campion! Jamie’s favorite, Hugh Jackman.

    There are some non-jackass Aussies out there.

  10. Brian: what were your fave movies this year? Did you get out to see many?

    And how fares the cat and Ralphie?

  11. Ralphie and Elvis are doing well. Dallas Buyers Club was an emotional fave for me. 12 years a slave was a pretty amazing movie.

  12. Agree with you there. Highly recommend Nebraska, and I liked Captain Phillips a lot more than I thought I would. Well paced, and you end up with compassion for the Somali pirates. (Had been afraid it would be a USA

  13. USA movie. It was better than that.) Judi Dench is remarkable in Philomena, but where’s the surprise there?

    I liked The Lone Ranger a lot. The critics were wrong on that one.

    The Grandmaster: most visually beautiful movie I recall last year. Subject is kung fu in the 1930s-50s, but it’s really about the loneliness of an individual and culture in exile; what happens to traditional ways when war and modernity intrude. Wong Kar Wai directed. It was up for a cinematography Oscar, and deserved the nomination.

    Just happy to see so many non-Transformers type movies out there and doing well. Get tired of the spectacle. Like movies on a human scale.

  14. Will see the Hunger Games sequel (Catching Fire?) this week.

    Making pancakes and bacon for dinner. Yum!

    We have a snowscape outdoors. Fairfax County schools closed today. Roads allegedly too icy.

  15. tempebev

    Taped the Oscars so we could speed thru the commercials. I thought Ellen did great as host. Didn’t see any movies this year, but have started watching House of Cards #1 season. I like it.

    Anyone coming here for spring training? Weather is nice. The new Cubs facility is packed.

    • dnd

      Few professions make a big deal of their awards ceremonies. I’m suspicious that the whole deal is to entice the public to see the movies that won (or lost).

    • dnd

      One of the reasons I’m not a big fan of the Oscars is they always have a comedian hosting, but never nominate comedic movies for anything. With the recent death of Harold Ramis this was even more evident.

      ps. With the nasty winter in Chicago is it any wonder the Cubs facility is packed?

    • dnd

      What I’m wondering is why Hollywood isn’t making musicals anymore. West Side Story, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, and possibly the greatest musical of all time: The Blues Brothers.

  16. Few professions involve appearing on 40 feet high silver screens being watched by millions of people the world over. It’s all relative d.

  17. tempebev

    I’m with you, D, on the musicals. I wish they still made them.

  18. RE musicals: from your lips to John Waters’ ears, eh?

  19. tempebev

    Darryl Issa is a rude, hypocritical, racist member of the House of Reps.

    Also, Happy 50th Anniversary to the GOPs for their 50th vote to repeal ACA.

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