Okay, I’m going to blatantly lie (yet again) and share a few residual Tea Party leftovers with you.
First up, is Sam Seder responding to a profile of a Tax Day Tea Party protester. Joanne Wilder is a 60-year-old great-grandmother in Syracuse, NY. who said, “I’ve been a quiet little person my whole life,” but yet felt compelled to protest against the spending policies of the Obama administration and Congress because “I don’t want to see this country turn into a welfare, nanny state.”
Wilder apparently retired on disability from M&T Bank three years ago after undergoing knee replacement and back surgeries and now lives on her Social Security and disability benefits. Last year, she petitioned the bankruptcy court for protection from creditors and said she didn’t pay federal taxes because her income was too low. Gee, that reminds me of someone else…
Second, is Bob Somerby’s viciously scathing (yet unintentionally hilarious) account of Keith Olbermann’s comical performance on last night’s Countdown. Now, it has to be said that I missed most of the program, but reading Bob’s witheringly contemptuous account of it, I couldn’t help but laugh even though I know the jokes about “teabagging” are painfully belaboured — even more so when Somerby dissects them with his usual meticulous scrutiny.
OLBERMANN: In all seriousness, while the tea-baggers may have been whipped up by Fox News, maybe misinformed about tax policy, their fears are real, and we salute their turn-out today. Can we have the video of the rally in Tallahassee, in Florida? [pretending to wait]
All right. Well, this is what the State House looked like there — the imposing sight that greeted slack-jawed tea-baggers there today. [photo of tall, tower-like office building]
In addition to Neil Cavuto in Sacramento, we had Hackensack, Dixon, Dickinson, thousand oaks, Brownwood, Greenwood, Friendswood, Walnut Creek, Little Rock, The Twin Cities, Twin Falls, Marble Falls, Hot Springs, Grand Rapids, Cedar Rapids, Rogue River, Grosse Point, Lansing, Bangor, Bend, South Bend, Piscataway and Peoria. Duncan, Arizona, Duncan, Oklahoma, Mansfield, Manchester, Bowling Green, Portsmouth, Mount Juliet, Mount Vernon, Tomball, Morehead City, Oak Harbor and finally Sag Harbor.
In the face of all that tea-bagging, the claim that this is not a movement is just not — you just can’t swallow it. It’s pure fallacy.
You may have noticed a pattern in the names rattled off by Olbermann, but if not, Somerby painfully walks the folks on the short bus through the multiplicity of double-entendres involved. Try as they might, right-wing bloggers (Bloggin’ Tories or whatever) will never hold a candle to vigilant critics on the left that are far more harshly cynical and unrelenting in their abject scorn of the “liberal” mainstream media than they could ever be. Rather funny, that.
Third, and (I think) finally, here’s the witless crew at Fox’s “Red Eye” program (that we’ve all come to know and wholesomely despise) waxing jovial about the disappointing media coverage of their own network’s phony, over-hyped non-event.
By the way, just as a non sequitur aside, have you ever wondered where Stephen Taylor gets his graph-happy wonkiness from? Well, check this out.