CPAC and Tea Party Politics

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Former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd has a thought or two on CPAC’s decision to not invite Chris Christie to the conservative’s March hate-fest.

“CPAC, to me, has totally diminished its credibility as an organization,” Dowd said. “And you invite Sarah Palin, who wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract? But she’s invited to a CPAC meeting?”

It’s a valid point and one has to wonder how it is that conservatives still haven’t worked out why it is they lost last November. It isn’t difficult. Three words: tea party idiocy. It’s not the only reason but it certainly is an important one. Teabaggers pushed the party to adopt policy on immigration, social programs, the economy and women’s reproductive rights that can only be described as suicidal madness. In each case, a majority of Americans rejected the Tea Party agenda put forward by Mitt Romney and in turn, Republicans lost the Latino vote, the Asian vote, the African American vote, the women’s vote and the youth vote.

Four months later, instead of licking their wounds and learning from the experience, CPAC organizers decide to reject a semi-moderate conservative who just happens to be the most popular governor in the country. Instead they go with a bunch of crackpots and rejects, all of whom are featured speakers at CPAC.

Ted “Commie Hunter” Cruz
Sarah “The Grifter” Palin
Wayne “I Wish My Penis Had the Shape of a Smith and Wesson” Lapierre
Allen “Goebbels” West
Rick “Google Me” Santorum
Rick “If I Only Had A Brain” Perry

In all fairness to CPAC, when it comes to finding competent and intelligent individuals to speak at their gathering, there isn’t much to choose from beyond the scrapheap of nutjobs and wingers who have taken control of the Republican party. But that’s fine. Any political party that rejects a Chris Christie or Jon Huntsman in favor of divisive, hatemongering teabaggers like Cruz and West deserve to have their clocks cleaned again in the next election…and the one after that…and even the one after that.

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14 thoughts on “CPAC and Tea Party Politics

  1. Boy Mario…you really hit the nail on the head with this one…
    Hay…Any bets that Christy might move over to our side…????

    My suspicion is if he try’s to make a run for pres or maybe a re-election as gov…and the brain dead repubs reject him…
    He might consider it…a conservative Democrat????…We have those…

  2. In the past I have importuned deities both biblical and pagan, malevolent and benevolent, to see fit to drop a largish meteor on CPAC. So far, none have responded.

    My recommendation for Wayne “I Wish My Penis Was in the Shape of a Smith and Wesson” Lapierre is not really fit for polite company.

  3. I thought after the election the right would exercise some serious self-examination and do a 360, but they are incredibly slow learners. Its like any straight-talker with common sense that is totally sane with broad appeal need not apply. I agree with you, Mario — if they didn’t get the message from four months ago, they deserve a good reaming the next time around.

  4. I guess it matters little, but, FYI, Cruz was born in Canada…and def hurts his party’s image. Such a scary henchman…why is it the right always gets the LaPierre’s, the Bachmann’s, the Cains, the Cruz’s…out front as their spokespersons?? One would think someone might have attended a class about effective public relations….

  5. Karen, don’t forget – when you do a 360º turn, it means you’re still facing in the same direction you started with. In the wingers’ case, it’s a combination of arrogance and self-delusion: they can’t possibly do anything wrong, and if their beliefs contravene reality, then reality is obviously wrong.

  6. When your wish is to return to slavery and have women sit down,look pretty and shut up,you’ve got a mean dream for the future. As proven by the polls,Republican continue to be in a world of their own and reality is light years away. The only thing they can do is continue on the same road,have us endure until the next election and give them what they deserve: a boot out of office,a democratic majority in both Houses and get on with the business of governing.

    Once Republicans reached these four steps,they smiled at ignorance:

    1) They don’t think they need to learn anything.
    2) They don’t know they need to learn anything
    3) They don’t want to learn anything
    4) They want to learn on their own in a fictitious world.

    When the people get to hurt enough because of Republican policies and obstructionism,the downpayment will be severe.

  7. Mind you , Mario, if The Democrats go on to win the last two, and the next three, elections, you can be sure that they’ll come up with a way of making it illegal to win more than two elections on the trot. As they did after FDR won too many elections!

  8. You’re right, E.A. — the wingers are still facing the same direction. You would think by their behavior that they won the election! Still doing their best to call the shots like they didn’t get the memo. They are domestic terrorists and are holding the emotional stability of John Q. Public hostage. Still bound and bent to oppose anything and everything the President tries to do to move our country forward instead of concentrating on what they can do to become more centrist, inclusive, and empathetic to the masses and appeal to voters in the future. I hope they go down in a blaze of their own glory.

  9. Karen,

    As for going down in a blaze of glory, wingers are like the antagonists in all the horror flicks. They’re like Jason and Freddie Kruger and Leatherface and Michael Myers – when you think they’re down for good, they get back up and keep on coming, armed with knives, chainsaws, shovels and rakes and implements of destruction. They invade your dreams and turn them into nightmares.

    How many people thought, until 2011, that we’d seen the last of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Fred Thompson? Yet there they were, acting as if they were still fully-fledged players. Remorseless and relentless, they stalked the 99% and the 40% with the tenaciousness of the undead.

    In Alien, Ash the robot in his final conversation, explains his admiration for the creature stalking the crew (think of Ash as Karl Rove describing the ideal GOPer):

    Ripley: How do we kill it Ash? There’s gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?
    Ash: You can’t.
    Parker: That’s bullshit.
    Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
    Lambert: You admire it.
    Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
    Parker: Look, I am… I’ve heard enough of this, and I’m asking you to pull the plug.
    Ash: [Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts] Last word.
    Ripley: What?
    Ash: I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.

    Look at the Republican Party, and think about how many people it has chewed up and spit out in its quest for ideological purity. Think about how it will stoop to any tactics – McCain’s dark-skinned “love child”, rigging elections, bribing hookers to lie about Democratic politicians. Look at the Republicans, and you will see that blind, ravenous alien creature, acid for blood, bent on destruction, dripping slime from its deadly jaws.

  10. I think the conservative movement thinks that they are one election cycle away from relevance. To some extent they are right: they might get a Republican in the White House in 2016. The problem is that there really is a demographic tide that is overtaking them. But things will have to get much worse before they do something real about it. For now, they are doing what parties always do in this situation: finesse themselves to power with style and whatever nefarious magic they can work to limit voting.

    But let’s be clear: the Republic Party is never popular. They are as aware of this as anyone. If voting were required, they would never win the White House. They would have to moderate substantially. What’s more, the Democratic Party would have to change from a centrist party to a liberal party. Imagine that.

    If you care about this stuff you need to help get people to polls. Turnout is all that really matters. “If it’s clean, we win. Because our ideas are better.”

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