Capitol Hill Mad Hatters Show Up for More Tea Partying

5 11 2009

Tea Partiers Hit Capitol:

They arrived as early as 8:30 a.m., by bus, car and plane — from Bluffton, S.C., Des Moines and Dorris, Calif. — to rally with conservative lawmakers and possibly roam the halls of Congress.

“Can you hear us now!” they chanted from the foot of the Capitol, as they awaited the arrival of their heroine — [Michele] Bachmann.

“She’s very brave,” said Nancy Holmberg of Dorris.

“Palin/Bachmann 2012,” came a shout from the crowd. The crowd is also chanting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name and demanding that she come address them on the steps of the Capitol.

. . . Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) shook hands at a wall line like a presidential contender.

“This is too great,” he said.

Btw I heard this fellow Rep. King, on MSNBC this morning hyping the event. He specifically said it was a show of force meant to make moderate Democratic reps “more afraid of their constituents than they were afraid of Nancy Pelosi.”

Well, okay. At least we’ve now clearly established in your own words that the Republican goal is not good governance but FEAR. Now we’re just haggling over the price . . .

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5 11 2009
Crimson Wife

If the choice in 2012 is Palin/Bachmann vs. Obama/Biden, then I don’t know who my DH and I are going to vote for. We’re in CA so we may very well vote for a 3rd party candidate like whomever the Libertarians nominate. I sure hope that it doesn’t come to that! (shudder)

5 11 2009
JJ

Palin/Bachmann would already be the third-party fringe ticket imo, called Conservative or Libertarian or Secessionist or Armed and Dangerous or whatever. The other option besides the incumbent Dems, with the all-important 50-state ballot lock, would then be something from what’s left of the GOP establishment, maybe the White-haired Firebrands or Embalmed ticket? (McCain-Gingrich) or Old Soldiers Never Die and Won’t Fade Away, maybe. Or go the other way, stranger things have happened, and nominate a CSG ticket? (closeted southern gays, say Crist-Graham)

5 11 2009
NanceConfer

If Bachmann and Palin are all the Rs can come up with in 2012, or any year, there’s no need to worry about it. The R party will officially be dead.

There is a sort of R who is sane. Someone I would disagree with on every issue but who is, at the very least, sane. B & P are not examples of that sort of R.

So, yes, if I were an R, I’d be looking at 3rd-party candidates too. Or staying home until my party pulled itself together.

Nance

5 11 2009
JJ

Well, I remain determined to make it about the governing problem-solving potential for our benefit, not the sensationalized personality wars of the idle and ignorant rich. . .

5 11 2009
JJ

Did I read somewhere that Bachmann has a bunch of kids, more than Palin maybe even?

Maybe what they used to tell me in exceptional ed circles is true — insanity runs in families; you get it from your children. 😉

5 11 2009
COD

With ultra conservative McDonnell winning the governorship in VA this week they are already talking about him as a 2012 playa for the Republican nomination.

5 11 2009
Meg

I was stuck watching Fox News while I waited for Hubby’s car to be fixed this morning. Oh God, they LOVED what was going on.

5 11 2009
JJ

Here’s a collection of the dozen worst signs photographed in the crowd . . .

6 11 2009
JJ

Bachmann’s losing yet another aide (the previous one quit in February.)

A conservative Republican House member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Bachmann’s views — and her willingness to state them — make it hard for her to keep staff.

“When your captain’s crazy, it’s time to find a new ship,” the lawmaker said.

6 11 2009
COD

11 out of 12 on the signs. The Titanic one is actually funny.

7 11 2009
JJ

[Bachmann’s] bid for reelection to a third term is still a year away. But two credible challengers have already emerged to vie for the Democratic nomination: physician Maureen Reed and State Senator Tarryl Clark. Both are making Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric the centerpieces of their campaigns.

“In the Republican Party, there is a pretty broad area that is mainstream, and then there are the fringes of the party,” Clark told The Daily Beast. “And then there’s Michele.”

“I think that elected officials have a high responsibility to dial down anger and to dial down fear,” she said. “People don’t problem-solve very well when they’re really mad and really scared.”

16 11 2009
Kristina

I don’t think those signs were too bad, actually. The only one I found offensive was the one on the bus, but that is just because I don’t believe in the shock treatment for pro-choice fighting. I’m also not a Christian, and tire quickly of everything being about going to hell.

I suppose the reasons I’m not offended by them are that no one is calling for the death of the president, no one made any racist comments, everyone was arguing against a policy they didn’t agree with, and that is what the citizens are SUPPOSED to do. It is not only the right, but the obligation of the citizenry to monitor the government, and speak out when they don’t like what the government is doing.

I have left the Republican party, not because of Palin, whom I like to a certain degree, but because the Republic party does not espouse the same beliefs I do. I want the government to stay out of marriage, health care, and just about everything else. Neither the Republican party, nor the Democrat party is prepared to do that. Their only goal is getting re-elected. It’s ridiculous and I’m done with it.

16 11 2009
JJ

But Kristina, isn’t this the rally at which the centerpiece sign above all the rest in one famous photo, was a mountain of Holocaust victims stacked up?

Ah, yes, just found it in that 12 worst-sign slide show at the link above. The red-lettered caption is “National Socialist Health Care, Dachau Germany, 1945.”

16 11 2009
JJ

So I have to go with the quote:
“People don’t problem-solve very well when they’re really mad and really scared.”

16 11 2009
Nance Confer

Speaking out in an informed way is one thing. This was not that thing.

Nance

17 11 2009
Kristina

I don’t know, JJ, that sign didn’t really offend me. I don’t think that comparing Obama or the current health plan to Nazis is offensive. I, personally, don’t care for the stacked bodies, but I’m all for educating more people about the Holocaust- it isn’t done enough. However, that has nothing to do with this particular rally. The sign was overdone, and in ill taste, but not criminal. Again, it’s all in perspective.

You’re right that people don’t problem-solve well when they’re mad and scared. Unfortunately, people in this country seem to have given up on problem-solving, anyway.

In my opinion, this government ‘option’ is not about problem solving, it’s about rule making. I also don’t know how anyone can call something an ‘option’ that you have to pay a fine for if you don’t get it.

Finally, so long as people disagree with each other, there will never be an ‘informed’ way of speaking out, according to the other side. Quite frankly, I hate Code Pink. I think their way of speaking out is EXTREMELY uninformed, but for the most part, I respect their freedom of speech.

We’ll never agree on this issue, and I’m okay with that. I don’t think we are all supposed to agree on everything, and the world would be a much worse place, if we did.

17 11 2009
JJ

Well, I’m not sure what the “issue” is that we don’t agree on! 🙂

I agree we as the people or public, don’t need to be fining each other for not paying tribute to corrupt corporate barons exploiting our most basic human needs for life and health and independence. That may not be in the final bill and it shouldn’t be there now — it was bought and paid for by the insurance industry, not for the people. And I agree the signs were offensive and arguably immoral (since I get to define that for myself) but not criminal.

I even agree we needn’t all agree! 😉

So where do we disagree again?

17 11 2009
NanceConfer

Well, JJ, you may not disagree but I find it stunning that anyone thinks a comparison of a health insurance plan with piles of dead Nazi victims is not offensive.

But, Kristina, you may have a point. New rules are being made. Rules about how we treat one another.

Nance

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