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Who wouldn't want to join her, for sexytime?America’s most exciting political movement (according to newspapers that are all going out of business) is the Tea Party! Never before has this nation seen such “energy” (fat white people in lawn chairs) or “passion” (racist, misspelled signs). From snowbilly grifter Sarah Palin to chocolate-sucking giant-baby serial-divorcer has-been Newt Gingrich, it seems all the Republican fringe figures who can’t actually stay in office want a piece of the Teabagger Phenomenon. Well, there are not that many pieces to go around. Do not mistake the obesity of a particular teabagger for lots of individual teabaggers.

A shocking new obvious Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Teabaggers make up “about 2 percent of the total population.” But they are “supported” by 27% of voters! So that’s enough to at least, uh, split the Republican vote.

Some 14 percent of Americans say the tea party is most in sync with their values, nearly matching the 15 percentage-point drop-off for the GOP over the past five months.

Meanwhile, just as many voters identify with Democrats today as in November 2008. [Washington Post]

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  1. The Teabaggers have teabagged the GOP, but as true to form the GOPers love it because it goes against their best interests.

  2. Given their obvious level of ill-health, advanced age, and lack of education (yeah, right, all the idiots with the mispelled signs were agents provacateurs), their actuarial prospects are not all that good. I would guess by 2012 they will make up about 1%.

  3. Those numbers spike dramatically when poll respondents are offered free lunch, hotel rooms, autographed books, and transportation.

  4. But the teabaggers will tell you that they represent 200% of Real American Patriots; all the non-whites, non-Christians and homersexuals don’t count, and all remaining who don’t agree with them are commies who hate America.

  5. I love the Tea Party Movement! It puts faces on the bigotry, fear and hysteria of the Far Right (read lunatic fringe) of America. In any country, the percentage of clinically neurotic citizens is about 30%. The Tea Baggers are the same neurotic assholes that hated Clinton for getting a blowjob and wanted to punish him for it. They will always be with us. Its nice to know what they look like, though, isn’t it?

  6. Why does 2 percent get soo much freakin’ coverage? The Sensible Center should get out there and debunk this bunch of irrationals. Or take a club to them.

  7. “Do not mistake the obesity of a particular teabagger for lots of individual teabaggers.”

    This line alone was worth every penny of my five-year “Platinum Level” subscription to Wonkette. There are still 33 minutes left, but it’s safe to say, when the dust clears, Ken Layne will have won the morning.

  8. Andy Warhol and any drinker of tea from real tea pots and not ‘bags’ knows that after fifteen minutes the whole thing goes sour.

  9. One could imagine where the UK election would be right now if David Cameron let skinheads and football brawlers decide their polices.

  10. Teabaggers may only account for 2% of the population, but they account for 50% of the aggregate weight of the nation, and that has to count for something.

  11. Jesse the Body (bald forerunner of Joe the Plumber-manque’) got elected governor of Minnesota in 1998 because he siphoned off disgruntled Dem and Repub voters. If it’s just the Repubs throwing their votes away this time, there’s a special magic in that.

  12. [re=570725]ttommyunger[/re]: White, overweight, old, angry. Plus a very few self-loathing minorities, on their way to some rat lab to be studied for Stockholm Syndrome.

  13. Uh, thanks for trying to cheer us up, Layne, but there is no such thing as the Tea Party so those blobs on the lawn chairs and their supporters will be voting Republican. But it gets worse since the Republican party is now nearly purged of the likes of Voinovich, Lugar, hell, that Bennett in Utah guy, Alan Simpson is no longer welcome for chrissakes, etc. In short, the teabaggers are not splintering off, they are taking over. Indeed, if I were to run on a platform of surgical strike thermo-nuclear war against Iran/Korea(either one)/France, no-bid federal contracts to cull all seabirds and otters, putting an end to the Jewish infiltration of the Air Force, microchipping illegals at their own expense, the construction of a national network of menstruation huts for the womenfolk during their unclean time, waterboarding all trade union members as domestic enemies, and TruckNutz and Freedom Trays for all, I would immediately get a serious hearing from about 2/3 of the Republican base.

  14. Teabaggers lack momentum, but definitely posess girth. In other words, they may not hit the middle, but they’ll bang the hell out of the sides!

  15. when you factor in the plus or minus three percent margin of error, you can see that teabaggers could well be a negative one percent of the nation. that’s three million pissed-off overweight white ignoramuses, which seems both accurate and comforting. this is both mathematical and logical.

  16. Remember back in mid summer 2008, when we called them “the bitters”? Ah, good times. They were so important to the comedy here that a dash of bitters was added to the recipe for the Wonkettini (which no one has ever drunk).

    Anyway, the point of all this is: do we need to update the Wonkettini recipe now by adding a teabag?

  17. What got the TeaBaggery movement going was Sarah Palin ‘speaking in tongues.’ That group of trailer people were the only people who understood ‘Tongues.’ The rest of us didn’t understand one fucking word she uttered.

  18. Jeebus. I just got home from a two week stint in the hospital, and it comes to my attention that I haven’t heard mention of Snowgash and her tribe in all that time. Almost fucking worth it.
    Almost.

  19. If I could have only one “punch a random American in the face” card, it would be used on that fucking woman holding the sign. Not because she is a racist, hate-filled slut – but because she really thinks she is cute with that little “lyin’ African” thing. Can you just imagine her surprise when I – a burly white guy with a big, red Irish nose, walked up to her and said, “excuse me, ma’am – can I read your sign”? She would smile and say, “SHORRRE CAYAN!” Then, BAM! Right in the fucking face!!! I just made my own day with that visual!

  20. Remember the summer of 2001, and the cover-of-Time media fearfest? Sharks.

    Teabaggers are the 2001 sharks of politics. By 2016, they’ll be remembered only on those MTV instant-nostalgia retrospectives.

  21. [re=570786]GoinGreen[/re]: I’d go for the muumuu wearing lady from Florida that is pissed off at the homeless, but this bitch comes in a close second.

  22. [re=570748]bflrtsplk[/re]: You’re not talking Cream Lemon, are you? While I suppose a number of them might relate (ha) to the incest subthemes, on the whole I don’t think they’d appreciate the series.

  23. And yet they attract 98% of cable news coverage. No wonder they think they are important. Teabaggers are the petulant two year olds of the political system.

  24. Meanwhile, the Washington Times has an article quoting Grover Norquist equating use of the term “tea-bagger” with use of the “n-word.”

    *faceplant*

    The stunning inappropriateness aside, how quickly he forgets that a lot of tea-baggers used the term themselves until their incurious minds got wind of its comedic use, as introduced to us by John Waters in “Pecker.” My favorite observation about this term was from a comment on a tea-bagger blog desperately urging people not to use it, as – horrors! – it referred to “a standard practice in the repetoir [sic] of the deviant homosexual life-style.”

    Saying that tea-bagging is standard practice among homosexuals is like saying that the warm apple pie scene from “American Pie” is standard practice among heterosexuals.

  25. [re=570799]ArugulaTeleprompterz[/re]: Have we all forgotten about the dickhead who was tossing dollar bills at the guy with Parkinson’s?

  26. American teabaggers & their French counterparts the Teabaguettes may merge as soon as the Frogs can say USA…USA..witout ze france accent.

  27. Why is it so much fun to troll cnn.com comments imitating a teabagger?

    Maybe, for realz yo, since only 2% of Murkins are teabaggin’ it, then 99% of the teabaggers we see online are just people like us bored at work.

    Maybe I’ll become a freeper now, just for shits and giggles….

  28. [re=570783]Jim89048[/re]: welcome back! i remember when you went in. glad you’re here again.

    in the interim i got stuck in europe and then fired for getting stuck in europe…

  29. What the hell happened to the NSFW teabagger image scene earlier? My better half is home for work and I was about to show it to him hoping to stir things up ….

  30. [re=570835]GOPCrusher[/re]: Yep. See the obnoxious little brat standing at the supermarket check-out, bawling and stomping his obnoxious little feet because his mom refuses to buy him that strategically placed chocolate bar? Future ‘bagger, fer sure…

  31. [re=571320]marioninnyc[/re]: I am wondering the same thing. I remember the first time I read about TeaBaggers – thinking to myself “Geez – guess they don’t read Wonkette!”

    ‘Cause thanks to Wonkette I already knew what TeaBagging was all about. You betcha!

  32. The most recent survey (CBS/Newsweek) pegged the majority of Teabaggers as 45+ & earning $50K+. Rather like Goldwaterites in ’64 (which some of them were). They’ll prove much more destructive than the usual rightwing Libertarians (which they really are.)

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