Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | April 10, 2009

The wisdom of teabagging and the joy of double entendres

Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan fisks the ridiculous (but oh-so-much-fun-for-news-anchors — warning, the video to which this links might be NSFW if your co-workers or boss know or are offended by the slang meaning of the verb teabag, however, it got by MSNBC’s censors, so you’re probably safe; but be prepared to laugh out loud a lot) tea-bag movement in a post on his The Daily Dish blog today. Key quote:

As a fiscal conservative who actually believed in those principles when the Republicans were in power, I guess I should be happy at this phenomenon. And I would be if it had any intellectual honesty, any positive proposals, and any recognizable point. What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don’t feel part of the culture at all. But the only word for that is: tantrum.

These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It’s a function of a movement’s intellectual collapse and a party’s fast-accelerating nervous breakdown.

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