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Insane Maine GOP Conventioneers Also Search, Vandalize Classroom

Earlier this week we learned that the Maine GOP, during its state convention, replaced its standard platform with a hilarious four-page teabagger e-mail that one local reporter could only describe as “a mix of right-wing fringe policies, libertarian buzzwords and outright conspiracy theories.” It turns out, though, that this was only the second most comical thing that the teabaggers did during the convention. Some folks, while caucusing in a rented classroom at the nearby middle school, got it in their heads that the classroom’s teacher was a commie liberal indoctrinating the children with commie liberalism, and so they just dug through all of his stuff and trashed the place.

“We allowed them to use the space and I’m appalled that they would go through a teacher’s things, let alone remove something from a classroom,” [school committee member Sarah] Thompson said Wednesday. “We want the public to use school spaces, but they need to respect that it’s a school and understand that they should leave it the way they find it.”

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Maine Republican Party leaders have issued a written apology to King students and teachers.

The state party leader, Christie-Lee McNally, added, “Over 900 other people attended these caucuses without incident and I hope that the actions of few do not tarnish the image of many.” They won’t. The fact that they adopted a hilarious four-page teabagger conspiracy theory e-mail as their official state platform, that’s the part that tarnishes the image of many.

[Portland Press-Herald]

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109 comments

  1. memzilla

    Say, you know who else’s party liked to harass teachers, trash school classrooms, and adopt radical nutbag agendas…?

  2. PsycGirl

    In all fairness they were searching for some social studies reading material that was on their level and the eighth-grade was a little too high.

  3. Mad Brahms

    The constitution: Totally anti-American.

    Did anyone else think of Ed Wood’s classic “The Violent Years” when they saw this headline?

  4. Darkness

    so they just dug through all of his stuff and trashed the place.

    What, you thought teabaggers were socially well-adjusted? Ha ha ha ha. . .

  5. tencentcomic

    They were just looking for those “running” pictures of Sarah Palin and some loose ammunition. Come on, you guys. It was a cheaper cleansing operation than calling in the authorities from teabag central.

  6. iburl

    Teabaggers, your alleged love for the constitution was the only thread of decency you ever had. Without that you’re nothing but ignorant, racist, enemies of the state. Well, let your freak bags fly!

  7. ManchuCandidate

    This is why the Teabaggers can’t have nice things.

    Illegal searches in the name of Freedums. Fuckin Retards.

  8. Mr Blifil

    Unlike their Chinese counterparts, these teabaggers draw the line at murdering the actual students. For now.

  9. Tundra Grifter

    I can’t wait for Sheer “Am i An Idiot?” InSannity’s detailed expose of this horrific event…

    Oh…wait…it was TeaBaggers that did this? Not African-Americans? Or other Liberals?

    Never mind.

  10. BMK

    In all fairness, the strict enforcement of voluntary vandalism is integral to Austrian economics.

  11. ALIVE!

    Well it was probably one of those lefty Constitutions with all the “amendments” tacked on.

  12. thehelveticascenario

    [re=577148]iburl[/re]: Well, it’s not like they ever read the thing beyond the Second Amendment. Probably were upset with all that Freedom of Religion crap and “promote the general Welfare”.

  13. PsycGirl

    “Over 900 other people attended these caucuses without incident and I hope that the actions of few do not tarnish the image of many.”
    Yeah, God forbid this prompts a little soul-searching about the conservative message and the fact that pushing a hard-core agenda is going to have consequences. Instead we have the equivalent of “Quick! Look over there!”

  14. BMK

    [re=577151]Mr Blifil[/re]: Having never been at an educational institution, the teabaggers have no idea what time of day students attend school. Illiteracy just spared the lives of America’s children.

  15. Serolf Divad

    Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there

    They called a guy named McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” stuff they saw in a classroom? McCarthy? Are you fucking kidding me? Tell me you’re fucking kidding me!

  16. chascates

    The state that produced Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has now become infested with hooting yahoos whose idea of history is that white makes right. The notion that people are clinging to religion and guns in the face of change is true and perhaps unavoidable. And it’s also entertaining.

  17. imissopus

    In his wildest nightmares Stephen King never dreamed of creatures as foul as these slinking out of the backwoods of Maine.

  18. Hemp Dogbane

    The state party leader, Christie-Lee McNally, added, “Over 900 other people attended these caucuses without incident and I hope that the actions of few do not tarnish the image of many.”

    Fear not, Christie-Lee, these actions-of-a-few have not changed the Teabagger image one bit for me.

  19. slappypaddy

    [re=577172]chascates[/re]: lest we forget, his commander-in-chief was a republican. my, how far they have strayed.

  20. RPolanski

    “Working People Vote Republican.” What kind of work do they do? Clip bond coupons and order the Meskin help to work harder on cleaning up the manor and manicuring the grounds?

  21. Joshua Norton

    McNally said the party doesn’t condone the destruction of property or encourage the lack of tolerance that a few convention-goers demonstrated.

    Bull, and if I may add, shit. Lack of tolerance is the reason those yahoos became Repiglicans.

    They don’t “encourage” it, my ass.

  22. give us a bob

    From one of the choicer reader comments to the article:
    “Today’s classrooms are a breeding ground for the recruitment for the next generation of terrorist. The teachers in the classrooms have been educated by the radicals of the 60s & 70s, and the results it produced are evident of the students.”

    So, making the conscious choice to accept a low-than-average paying job that benefits kids (many of whom will be little brats), automatically puts one under suspicion of inciting terrorism? Howzabout you go to teacher school, get the certificate, and try it out yourself? That just might become the one worthwhile thing you do in life.

  23. JMP

    Since the principal was named McCarthy, it’s no wonder they tried to turn the teacher in; they must have thought he was a fellow brown shirt.

    I would say that the teabaggers referring to the Constitutions provided by the ACLU was ironic, but it’s really not; they hate that thing, as it actually is, but love the imaginary Constitution that exists in their heads; the one that says only Christians are real Americans and establishes the Free Market as the One True Economic System.


  24. Post author
    Jim Newell

    [re=577185]give us a bob[/re]: I like the sentence before that: “I am just as disgusted that the teacher’s classroom was disturbed, but even more so that teachers use a public school to push their personnel agenda.”

    Is this teacher on the take with some HR reps?

  25. Darkness

    [re=577171]Extemporanus[/re]: Oh, I love you. I quote that all the time and everyone just thinks I’m stoned or making shit up or something.

  26. slappypaddy

    they think they’re so clever and classless and free,
    but they’re still fucking peasants as far as i can see.

  27. thehelveticascenario

    You know, all these “isolated incidents” are sure starting to add up.

  28. slappypaddy

    [re=577188]oldguy[/re]: why, that’s right generous of you. don’t mind if i do.

  29. dogscantlookup

    I’ll take lizard people over lobster people any day, I am almost to the point of BURN IT DOWN BURN IT DOWN BURN IT DOWN, but then I take my drugs, get drunk, and wake up to a new day

  30. obfuscator

    [re=577195]thehelveticascenario[/re]: it’s almost like these teabag party folks are going out of their way to create an aggressively hostile climate among their base and then feigning surprise and disappointment when one of them does EXACTLY WHAT EVERYONE EXPECTED THEY WOULD DO.

  31. Hemp Dogbane

    [re=577197]JMP[/re]: Thanks for the Billy Joel, but then I favor “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” as the Teabagger theme.

  32. Bruno

    Eh, they were just excited for the convention after-party and looking in the drawers for a Gideon’s Bible to teabag on

  33. glamourdammerung

    [re=577180]Hunger Tallest Palin[/re]: I was wondering how fast the baggers would cry about that myself since they seem unable to accept personal responsibility for their actions.

  34. Words

    [re=577168]Serolf Divad[/re]: Irony abounds. Sheesh, the husband & I were there in Sept., and they seemed pretty sane, really. We were there for only a day, tho.

  35. Sexual Harrassment Panda

    Yea well McNally I’m sorry but the behavior of a few complete douchebags does in fact permanently tarnish the reputation, again, of your “party”. Also, regardless of how Billy Joel himself may feel, please don’t ever associate his music with these wretched hellspawn.

  36. mumblyjoe

    “Over 900 other people attended these caucuses without incident and I hope that the actions of few do not tarnish the image of many.”

    Wow, they managed to almost get not-quite-a thousand of these people in once place without a bunch of them committing a bunch of acts of vandalism, theft, and intimidation. I’m just saying, I don’t mean to criticize setting a low bar, there: gotta aim for the attainable, amirite? It’s not like anyone can think of an example of a mass organization of an order of magnitude more people that didn’t have any problems like that, right? Plus, what is like maybe a couple of dozen people relative to 900 person event, that’s like nothing right? Like maybe three percent. And, it’s not like there’s some militia group running around explicitly suggesting that organized violence by 3% of the population could overthrow the government or anything, so what’s to worry about?

  37. Berkeley Bear

    I love objecting to the ACLU being involved. Never mind that without the ACLU getting involved we’d still have the sort of incitement laws that would let us lock all these assholes up without too much questioning.

    Also, the idea that current middle school teachers (most of whom are under 45) are hippie holdovers indoctrinated by flower children and the Panthers just makes me laugh my ass off. They tend to be a little to the left because they teach in public schools and therefore, at least at some level, recognize the government can do some decent things.

  38. Meatmaker

    [re=577177]chascates[/re]: I hope the “ban on research that alters human DNA in living humans” means they’ll all reject DNA-altering chemotherapy when they get cancer. But I appreciate their willingness to alter human DNA in nonhuman species.

  39. rottenart

    [re=577153]facehead[/re]: [re=577220]rambone[/re]: C’mon, guys. It’s obviously Alice Cooper. He plays GOLF!

  40. Nappied Hypotenuse

    [re=577171]Extemporanus[/re]: They’re a bunch of honor students: Yes, your honor; no, your honor; nice tie, your honor.

  41. kewlguy42069

    A group of teabaggers notice a tattered, yellowing globe in the dank corner of a depressing rural maine classroom.

    “Waitaminnit….. this here sez U.S.S.R.! Our schools are being overrun by so’shlists…. We gotta defund these Nazi bastards before it’s too late!!!”

  42. El Pinche

    Hey wait a minute guys…I have some issues with your comments.

    1. This story is about the GOP’ers, not Tea Party Patriots! Hahaha, it sounds like you’re saying they’re the same. Wow!
    2. Are we denying them freedom of speech? You liberals and your MSNBC .
    3. This is Republic and not a Democracy. Apparently, you’re misinformed and have not read the Constitution.
    4. Please punch me in the face then pee on me.

    Thanks!

  43. AddHomonym

    [re=577213]Sexual Harrassment Panda[/re]: Zgivin’ me a heart attack ack ack ack ack.

  44. SayItWithWookies

    [re=577135]memzilla[/re]: It’s that damn Model UN club isn’t it?

    How nice that the teabaggers oppose letting the many be tarnished by the actions of the few. I guess the devil went and bought ice skates today, because this is going to come as a surprise to billions of Arabs, men in dashikis, Sikhs mistaken for Muslims, Mexcians, Guatemalans, Filipinos mistaken for Mexicans and Guatemalans, actual hispanics with American citizenship (who knew?), people with tans, fat pale men in Speedos — oh, and black people.

  45. El Pinche

    This is what happens when you mix violently retarded, conservative specimens and public education. It’s an matter/anti-matter reaction. It’s just pure science.

  46. drunkaholic

    WTF, is this real life or am i reading the Onion. seriously WTF is wrong with these imbeciles?

  47. Alex_P

    From the comments:
    “Last I checked the teacher doesnt own thAT DESK, THE TAXPAYERS DO!”

    Best part is how the all-caps stuff just sorta kicks in right in the middle of a word.

  48. Smoke Filled Roommate

    I rejected ‘LOST’ a long time ago.. waka waka. And as for ‘Austrian Economics’– does that include the Tyrolean method of producing wine in the basement that my great-grandfather so loved?

  49. harry palmer

    [re=577236]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Excellent point. Of course, they’re always exceptional, and when they have something happen to them, it’s different than when it happens to everybody else. They DESERVE consideration, unlike you or me, just like they deserve their gov’t check, and their socialized medicine etc., they earned it. But YOU can’t have any, you’re a parasite.

  50. lib tard

    This is in Maine. Maine! If these guys are this retarded in commie gay sex loving Maine just imagine how bad the lynch-loving southern teabaggers must be.

  51. trondant

    [re=577241]Alex_P[/re]: Hahahahaha. Last I checked, that’s the taxpayers’ tank, not the Army’s. I encourage these fatass retards to go seize what’s rightfully theirs. Also, they should go armed so the Army knows that these patriots should be taken seriously.

    You know, seriously enough to shoot them in the fucking head.

  52. Judas Peckerwood

    Christ, and you know half of them were convicted pedophiles — they shouldn’t have been allowed anywhere NEAR a school, even on the weekends.

  53. Smoke Filled Roommate

    [re=577235]AddHomonym[/re]: You oughta know by now. [re=577220]rambone[/re]: Yippee, you can’t see me, but I can you.

  54. Geogre

    [re=577243]Smoke Filled Roommate[/re]: They do homeschool their children.

    I see the results, at least from the fundamentalists. Academically, the results are mixed. In fact, there are some wonderfully wonderfully performing youngsters. However, the horizons are pretty close, and there are giant blanks. What happens when authority-reliant youngsters get to college? Well, you can predict it yourself: some go one way, some the other, and some another altogether. However they are not the droids the parents are looking for in any case.

  55. Way Cool Larry

    they were just taking their revenge for the trashing of the White House by the Clintons…

  56. finallyhappy

    [re=577255]Geogre[/re]: The brilliant homeschooled children are not the results of teabagger parents- those kids remain dumb and close minded.
    The brilliant homeschooled kids are the ones whose parents- very bright themselves- decided that school couldn’t move fast enough for their kids so they teach them or have them taught or let them use on-line courses from schools and colleges(my kids went to public school- it was fast enough for them). You do occasionally see a fundie kid who really knows spelling or geography but lacks a lot of historical and literary knowledge- because history, biology, and literature are too dangerous for their kids.

  57. The Toot

    Good thing they didn’t caucus in Mrs. Gonzales’s 8th Grade Spanish classroom.

  58. the problem child

    It used to be the Knox Co. was where east coast elites and cloth coat republicans retired to. I guess they must have all died off.

  59. slappypaddy

    [re=577242]Smoke Filled Roommate[/re]: “And as for ‘Austrian Economics’– does that include the Tyrolean method of producing wine in the basement that my great-grandfather so loved?”

    yes. already there. see united states code, title 26 (internal revenue code), subtitle e (alcohol, tobacco, and certain other excise taxes), section 5042. and raise a glass to freedom.

  60. Rasvar

    I guess that private property rights only matter to to these people when it is there own stuff. But these are probably the same people who think it is ok to snoop on emails and steal passwords from people they don’t agree with.

  61. What Fresh Hell is This?

    The kids at my son’s school call home-schoolers “Homers.” In those rare cases where their book-learning extends beyond Biblical truths about history, math, and medicine, their inter-personal skills do not exist.

    Weird parents raise even weirder kids when they are raised in isolation from other people. I do volunteer work with youth groups that sometimes include Homers. They can get seriously inappropriate because they are either rebelling or because they don’t know any better.

  62. Georgia Burning

    This doesn’t sound like the well regulated militia they all want to be a part of, does it?

  63. gertrudis

    [re=577197]JMP[/re]: I blame the “Letters to Juliet” ads for getting that stupid Taylor Swift song that screws up the Romeo and Juliet story stuck in my head. Bad infectious pop!

  64. PsycGirl

    [re=577185]give us a bob[/re]: Talk about a time warp. Most teachers who were in college in the 60′s and 70′s are retired or winding down (if they are even still teachers). My kids’ teachers all graduated since 1995. But maybe that commenter is bad at math and can’t figure out that someone who graduated at age 22 in 1968 is about 64 years old.

  65. Traveler

    [re=577241]Alex_P[/re]: It’s like there is a letter limit; Once you type 41 letters you must type in a all caps for at least 17 but not more more than 40 letters before returning to normal case.

  66. BarackMyWorld

    Someone should start a pool on Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins future defections out of that group…

  67. crapshooter102

    10-2 on Snowe and 5-4 on Collins leaving before their next election, or else they will be lobbying thier new Democrat Senators from the Great State of Maine on behalf of Insurance, Oil, etc.

  68. Tundra Grifter

    [re=577195]thehelveticascenario[/re]: Well said! Didn’t this used to be known as “connecting the dots?”

    “Dots” are little – if we wait until they are splotches or pools it’s gonna be too late!

  69. JMP

    [re=577276]gertrudis[/re]: There’s something incredibly bland and generic about every Swift song I’ve heard, so much so that I’m beginning to suspect she’s a robot.

  70. Voyou Charmant

    [re=577195]thehelveticascenario[/re]: Just because 120% (probably!) of these people engage in embarrassingly idiotic activity, does not mean that they are not acting as individuals. This must be what they actually mean when they drone on about “personal responsibility.”

  71. Cicada

    [re=577185]give us a bob[/re]: Howzabout you go to teacher school, get the certificate, and try it out yourself? That just might become the one worthwhile thing you do in life.

    Would they have to teach the communist versions of history and science, or the real ‘Murikan ones?

  72. Cicada

    [re=577241]Alex_P[/re]: Haha, a lot of teachers pay out of their own pockets for supplies and decorations for their classrooms (like the Labor poster they stole). So while the desk might be paid for by taxpayers, the items within it probably weren’t.

  73. Hoplight

    I isn’t just the vandalism, it’s that they complained about the stuff they vandalized. It takes a special extreme of righteous shithead to do that.

  74. notreallyhelping

    Eh. Somebody probably put on “Rock Around the Clock” and things went downhill from there.

  75. iolanthe

    [re=577171]Extemporanus[/re]: Awww … thinking of yummy David Lee Roth in his heyday, instead of these brownshirt vandals, even if just for a minute, helped me unclench my jaw and get on with the business of living.

    Such as it is.

  76. iolanthe

    @Hoplight: “righteous” and “self-righteous” do not mean the same thing. Not at all. Disturbs me to see people using them interchangeably. “Self-righteous” applies here.

  77. rmjag

    These aren’t a few bad apples . military used that lie to death re abu ghraib . these people are trained and cultivated in the negative arts of hate , contempt , greed . abuse as power , etc …. just say’in it’s as deliberate as the nazi brownshirt tactics were …… xe corp is their private militia , erik prince = their knight in shining armor .

  78. Starrigavan

    Wow, talk about taking ad hominem attacks to the next, crazy, teabagger level. They even complained about the US Constitution being in a school. Because it was published by somebody they dislike. I am only surprised that our Sarah wasn’t there to lead the mob.

  79. lizzieborden

    [re=577174]imissopus[/re]: Amen!!! They’re worse than the butt-weasels from “Dreamcatchers”.

  80. rmjag

    [re=577445]iolanthe[/re]: even more accurate than ” self-righteous ” is ” self-excusing ” , which has a more ” common as dirt ” ring to it .

  81. lizzieborden

    [re=577317]JMP[/re]: Well, sitting here getting drunk, I must defend young miss Swift. I’m more of a System of a Down/Steely Dan sorta girl, but took my two daughters to see Ta-Ta. She was very good in concert, no lip-synching, lots of energy. Seemed she played one song that went on for two hours, but the girls were happy. It also helped we had good seats, and there was a fully stocked bar at the top of the stairs (where I spent alot of time talking to fellow moms)

  82. GOPCrusher

    Reading the comments in the article have provided me some LOL moments. It’s amazing how these “acts” are always committed by a few extremists and that the public at large should not condemn the rest.
    Got an idea for you Teabaggers. If it wasn’t for the “extremists” there wouldn’t exist a Teabagger Party or whatever you want to call yourselves. The entire “movement” appears to be nothing more than Birthers, White Nationalists, and Posse Comitatus members. Somebody point out the sane people for once.

  83. One Yield Regular

    [re=577630]GOPCrusher[/re]: Well, since they’re ALL going around saying “I am the leader of the Tea Party movement,” then they can ALL share responsibility equally.

  84. Joshua_me

    Well, in all fairness to the tea baggers, it WAS the first time most
    of them had seen the inside of an 8th grade classroom. Perhaps they
    didn’t know how to behave properly.

  85. problemwithcaring

    [re=577177]chascates[/re]: “We strongly oppose any gambling to fund public education.”

    Not gambling. Just the money going to public schools.

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