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Remembering Our Fallen Week: There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Tea’

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Benjamin Frisch is a comic book artist, and sometimes journalist currently habituating somewhere on the elitist liberal east coast of the United States. His published works include a short lived, but beloved cross-dressing comic strip entitled Maurice Antoinette and some other stuff not worth mentioning. As a journalist, Benjamin somehow contributed to National Public Radio, with his story At the Concert Hall, a Symphony for Space Invaders. Benjamin is currently delaying adulthood as a graduate student, and plans to remain one forever. He can be twittered at Twitter.com/BenjaminFrisch

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  1. weejee

    the great teabagging of America, which will forever be remembered in the annals of history

    Benjamin, shouldn't the inaugural Teabagger Goat Fuck & Barbecue be remembered in the anals of history? This was clearly a high colonic of historic proportions. Right up the butt. Too, also.

  2. HempDogbane

    Our country was taken back by the Teabagger Repo-man, also. Don't expect any more communist transit options, either.

    1. Beowoof

      Yeah the problem is they want to the country back alright. Back to 1750 with the royalty running things and those pesky black folks down on the farm.

  3. natoslug

    You left the most important item off that list: Dubya is really one of us, a war opposing, Cheney-hating leftist who doesn't know how or why old people have sex. It was almost enough to make me want a new war.

    1. user-of-owls

      No, the scholars will simply weep. None of can summon the masochism that is needed to pick at that eight year scab any more than we can bear to relive the nightmare that haunted us from 1980-1988.
      Sixteen years of literal dementia in the White House; half natural, half self-induced. Oh, and just in case I am being too oblique for our petulant knuckle-dragging weekend guests, yes, I am referring to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, the first Vegetable-American to occupy the Presidency. Please, do tee off on my P-score, I welcome it.

  4. ulTIMum

    Missing the big story. This is like the first chapter of Frankenstein. Or, the nose of the camel in the tent. Or, the night of the long knives. In fine, once you have created a monster out of equal parts inane, insane, and insipid, how do you control it?

    What was the name of that lonely intergalactic explorer in 2001 on his hazardous treck through the pod bay door to disengage the hideous monster from control of the ship? Oh, yeah. Karl Rove.

    1. slappypaddy

      "once you have created a monster out of equal parts inane, insane, and insipid, how do you control it?"

      you don't. you control everything else, and it will self-destruct. the more control over other things you lose, the stronger a violent ideology becomes.

  5. PsycWench

    "the great teabagging of America, which will forever be remembered in the annals of history
    Why do I think teabagging is going to be the political version of New Wave music rather than the political version of rock and roll?

        1. CrankyLttlCamperette

          Because your friends don't dance and if they don't dance…well, they're obviously Hitler.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Hey, Men Without Hats were kind of fun, in a cockeyed sort of way. I wouldn't say that about the Tea Party. If you want to force that analogy, you'll have to find a band that is merely ignorant, ugly and obnoxious, with none of the fine, redeeming traits of a lovable goof.

        1. user-of-owls

          I'm sure there's a StormFront Top-Ten Download list floating about somewhere, wouldn't you think?

          1. Zvi_Bleindmeis

            "Overdrive" is the only word in that sequence that is even faintly non-horrifying.

            "Speaker Boner" is about the most distressing two-word construction I can think of. Except maybe "President Bachman."

          2. Beowoof

            When you think of the characterization of him as a girl Boner, that makes me think he is a strap on dildo.

    1. fuflans

      long as the 'punk' part is removed from your equation.

      that shit just got a whole new lease on life.

  6. jim89048

    the great teabagging of America, which will forever be remembered in the annals of history
    Anals. Anals of history. This is Wonkette, is it not?

    1. user-of-owls

      Well, Kim Kardashian is in the running for the next RNC chair, but other than that, not a bunch.

  7. ttommyunger

    I find myself rubbing my hands together and chuckling maniacally over the prospect of watching McConnell, Boehner and the other Republican Fat Cats trying to get their Freshman TeaBagging Congresstards to march in lock-step with them. Controlling these egocentric nut-cases will be worse than trying to herd cats. Just proves the old saw: "Be careful what you want, you just might get it." or "Fuck'em if they can't take a joke!" Heh, heh.

      1. ttommyunger

        Yeah, good luck with that! These fucks will run screaming to their base just like a brat to its mommy.

          1. ttommyunger

            1. Face-time on the teevee machine, inches on the papers, goodies for the faithful back home. The lure is irresistible.

          2. Bonzos_Bed_Time

            Well I don't think it'll work… I just question the virgin-pure motivation of The Mint et al.

    1. transfatz

      I think they will let the T-tards run whenever they need a pit bull. A kind of bad-GOP/good GOP strategy. I don't run away from aggressive dogs. Running is a prey reaction. I run towards them. I once saw a house-cat run off two Doberman Pinschers this way. I favor more cojones in Democratic dealings with teabaggers starting with a good game of chicken in the upcoming debt ceiling votes.

      1. HistoriCat

        "I favor more cojones in Democratic dealings with teabaggers starting with a good game of chicken in the upcoming debt ceiling votes"

        Sounds good -make it so. Maybe a cojones transplant would work?

    1. Crank_Tango

      Pronounce it "Cove-in" and feature her riding the hashoil dildo and you got yerself a deal, Dok.

    2. Negropolis

      Sereda the Enchantress & Friends has a more Fox-like ring to it, or simply Sereda & Friends. In fact, she could have a show called "Brown Eye" to go with their "Red Eye".

      Carl Paladino could get a show called "Curveball".

  8. Wadisay

    I see where Dame Peggington Noonington hath put quill to parchment and smote Sarah the Moose Whisperer a good one. Boy, don't fuck with Reagan's legacy around Pegs, unless you want to hear, Ronnie was wonderful! Leave him alone! ((sob))

  9. Lost_Teabaggers

    Okay my fellow libtards to provide a bit of analysis I'd like to say; it's not as bad as you think and 2012 is a completely different animal. For one, since a special class of voter "the presidential voter" is ALWAYS absent from midterms (hence the class) it's really impossible to say this midterm or any midterm is a repudiation of the presidents policies; we'll figure that out in 2012. Congress since during its elections have less available voters to draw on has its own coaltion which is seperate but composed of a proportion of presidential voters. This is also demonstrated in "surge and decline" patterns in off elections. So, essentially even though the Democrats lost pretty heavily all is not lost, in fact far from it.

    What the Dems needs to do for the next two years is go about the work of rebuilding the Obama coaltion which as I said wasn't "destroyed" by this election; in fact for the most part it wasn't even represented. So don't panic or go chicken little my fellow libtards; focus and this election coming in 2012 will be won.

    1. Bonzos_Bed_Time

      I'm actually really impressed with what Mr. Whitebread did in Nevada. Not necessarily a national model, but components need to be applied nationally (mobilizing the under-paid culinary/domestic worker Hispanic vote).

      I bet Harry can really get his freak on. Probably went home and did tax returns with his socks off or something.

    2. Limeylizzie

      Thanks for that, I have been on the verge of tears since Tuesday, now I have a teeny flicker of hope.

    3. slappypaddy

      the former junior senator from illinois is not to be underestimated. he's a swell fighter in the clinch. a canny, cold-blooded strategist, also, not afraid to draw lines and make kills.

    4. Chet Kincaid

      The "wasn't even represented" part is the part that is bothersome. We pile on about the ignorance of the wingtards, but what about the ignorance of the Obama voters who somehow think that off-year elections don't matter and that non-Presidential elections don't matter? If not for our appalling understanding of civics, Obama might have had more than a year and a half to accomplish something.

      1. transfatz

        No shit. I got out and voted but I'm an old. Oh I was disappointed at the lame health care bill and stormed around saying I wouldn't vote, but when the time came I did anyway. Besides recognizing the importance of the mid-terms, what else is there to do on a tuesday night?
        There must be some trick to get Obama's younger base to understand that a president requires legislative support and an hour of their time every few Novembers.

        1. Chet Kincaid

          "Hey Hipsters! The narrow-minded people in your small town or suburb whose influence you are trying to escape through college or the Big City will still control most aspects of your lives if you don't stop binge-drinking long enough to wake up hangover-free and vote every two years!"

          How much would it cost to run that in the freebie Jr. Newspapers they hand out in all the major markets?

  10. Lost_Teabaggers

    So we know what the GOP will be composed of and who's voting Republican; that's the good news because in terms of coalition they'll be even more narrow in 2012. The Reps are about as popular as an STD with minority groups so the Democrats have lots of growth room. I think Obama vs. the GOP is a really good foundation for the Dems especially if he's stalwart on his health bill, which it sounds like he will be. It's going to be interesting to watch how the Dems handle the coming battles to rollback everything they've done; I think if they can stay generally constructive they should win the next one. You cannot hold a governing coalition based entirely on negativity so if wingers spend the next two years throwing poop at everyone that's what the dems want; we'll see how it plays out but I fucking dare them to try to impeach Obama or repeal his health bill, that's all I can say.

    1. DustBowlBlues

      It wouldn't hurt to get some Democratic asses busy fighting for immigration reform, whether or not it's doable. No annoying Blue Dogs to fuck it up and a chance to sew up a big demographic for years to come.

      Start with the Wish Act and let's see some Dems crying up there over a few examples of kids who grew up all-american but, through no fault of their own, are shut out of living the American dream. Even the Huckster (The formerly svelte governor of a crap state) once championed it.

  11. user-of-owls

    Forgive me please this introspection, but:
    I shall Poopyhead no more, forever.

    Being a one-noter gets old quickly. When it did with an earlier schtick (The Palin Hookworm Conjecture), I walked away. I didn't ask who gave the order, because it didn't have anything to do with business.

    The Poopyhead Derivative (an inverse relationship between the number of people/times an odious boor is called that name and nothing else, and the number of subsequent posts by said boor) appears to have empirical difficulties based on recent evidence. So for the sake of science and for the sake of not becoming known as an insufferable, repetitive mooch, basta ya.

    1. glamourdammerung

      No more repetitive than the Breitards, although I can understand where one might think they would make them spam more and not wish to encourage it. Based on my limited interaction with that person, I think your logic is based on a false premise though, namely that they are posting anything that has to do with topic or post they are replying to.

  12. Mort_Sinclair

    Andrew Breitbart. Seems like such fertile ground for snark, but I can't think of something pithy to say. Gah. I despise that little toad.

    1. DustBowlBlues

      Reading that makes me sad that the Mother Country didn't rub off on us more than it did. Call me a Loyalist.

  13. fuflans

    I am going to a guy fawkes party with scooter lady effigy in tow ('real american voter 2010' / 'america the beautiful'). I would like to thank the wonkette for that insightful photo and all the wonketeers for the wit.

    (sniff).

  14. deanbooth

    OT: The first thing asshole-governer-elect Kasich has done is to kill all studies for the Ohio 3C train. Way to go idiot Ohio voters. This is just one of the nice things we will not have, now and far into the future.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Thank God a handful of voters in Illinois were more comfortable voting for a girlfriend/hooker beating steroid using pawn shop owner rather than a puppy killing anti-choice moron or Illinois would be canceling high-speed rail in an effort to outrace Chris Christie for dumbest idea possible.

    2. x111e7thst

      Yes, our new governor elect (Cuomo) has already asked for your highspeed money. So your loss may end up as my gain.

    3. Beowoof

      The remarkable ignorance of Kasich is stunning in its scope and effect long term. There is a certain short sightedness to these people that cannot be explained. I wish I had something snarky to say, I don't.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Stewart had that historian Beschloss on, and he basically took the position President Obama and his advisor knew the bailouts/TARP etc. meant they'd lose the midterms and never have the legislative shot they did in 09-10 so went for it on health care, infrastructure, etc. I don't know all the dirt, obviously, but I tend to agree. If HCR, as weak as it had to be to get 60 votes in the Senate, hadn't passed, can you imagine it even getting a hearing in the next Congress?

      1. imissopus

        Presidents always lose midterms even in good times so Barry said fuck it and went for the big-ticket items his first two years. Now he can spend two years working on other presidential business while the Congress tries to roll back health care, starts up some bullshit investigations, screams itself hoarse about how he's destroying America, etc. I'd bet this has been his plan since day one.

        I skimmed Frank Rich's new column and he seems flabbergasted that Obama went to India immediately after the elections blow-out. Said it was bad optics. On the contrary, I think Obama's sending the Repukes a message: you wanted this mess, you got it. While you're busy telling unemployed 24-year-olds they can't have health insurance through their parents because SOCIALISM and trying to explain to people why giving millionaires tax cuts will result in middle-class jobs for the little people, I'll be busy managing two wars and solving the Middle East. I don't know that we've ever had a president so unimpressed by political theater and yet occasionally adept at deploying it.

        Of course I might be in denial. But as tired and shocked as he looked at that press conference on Wednesday, I would not be surprised if he walked back up to the residence, flashed that big ol' Barry smile at the kids, high-fived his wife, and sat on the couch watching basketball while smoking a victory cigar and savoring the snookering he just gave to everyone.

        1. weejee

          One of the interesting stats on the election is that the Ya Blew It Dogs (those who did not vote for HCR) lost their seats at a higher rate than did the Blue Dogs who voted for HCR. Just shows to go ya that doin' the proper thing sometimes trumps doin' the politically proper thing.

          1. imissopus

            An old childhood buddy of mine is a freshman Blue Dog who just lost his re-election in Virginia's 2nd District by eleven points (he squeaked out the win in 2008 by a few thousand votes.) During the healthcare debate he had not announced which way he was voting, and I remember telling my dad he should just vote "yes" and be on the right side of history, because it wouldn't matter to his re-election bid if he voted no; no way he was attracting enough conservative voters this year as long as that D was next to his name, no matter what else he did.

            Well he voted no, bragged about it, and got crushed. Had he voted yes on principle and defended himself, maybe the Dems in the area, particularly the sizable black population, would have been energized enough to turn out for him. But he didn't and now he gets to go down as a one-termer.

          2. weejee

            Likely your childhood chum was toast anyway in the VA 2nd.. That said, fifty – sixty years from now the 111th Congress will be remembered like the 74th, which wrote and passed the original legislation for Social Security. Those who said yes on HRC will at least have the knowledge that they passed a law that was way overdue and would today, as well as down that future road, have a profound importance, not only to the unemployed without health care, but to the small business person who wants their staff to get as good as any for the great value they bring each in their own way to their firms' bottom lines.

            Thanks 111th, for a job done well.

    2. BarackMyWorld

      I think those assessments are a little overly-optimistic about how permanent Obama's reforms might be, but the reality is that Republicans are going to go at least six, maybe 10 years (2007-2013 or 2017, going from the time Democrats took Congress to the end of Obama's presidency) without doing any legislative damage to the country, so the real victors are the American people.

  15. x111e7thst

    "Andrew Breitbart’s first amendment right to public buffoonery was savagely crushed by ABC News"

    They should have just crushed his head. By having an elephant step on it. The symbolism would have been exquisite.

    1. comrad_darkness

      Just put him in an Audacity of Hope t-shirt and let him loose in a gaggle of Rand Paul supporters you are saying?

  16. lulzmonger

    "The great teabagging of America" = voters neutering the Blue Dogs (cutting them in half overnight), while only 4/80-ish of the Progressive Caucus now have to forage for hobo beans. Dems quietly held a little purity-purge of their own on Tuesday, & it was long-overdue. Meanwhile, even with anonymous megabuck attack-ad-pimps coming to their aid, many of the Teabagger Superstars were caught in a bug-versus-windshield scenario.

    Those balls on America's face are a hell of a lot tinier than the corporate noise-factory makes them seem … in fact, they hardly qualify as TruckNutz for a Tonka Toy.

    In a numerate country, that result (America mercilessly punishing the two-faced DINO fuck-knuckles who repeatedly shanked Obama in the back) would dwarf the blip that was the Tee Partay – but MATH=HITLERSOCIALISMTERRORISTS!

    1. mumbly_joe

      Meh, even given the strategic value of having a more disciplined caucus on your hands, I'm still convinced that's a pretty thin silver lining- after all, that's still no different from saying that the teabaggers successfully ousted some unreliable conservatives (i.e, conservadems) and replaced them with very reliable conservatives (teabaggers). Because that's the other side of that equation. And frankly, as terrible as Blue Dogs are, I'd rather have a few more Heath Shulers in Congress, if it means fewer proud Iraqi-torturers, justforinstance.

      Honestly, though, I'm more upset about the Senate, anyway- The teabaggers didn't take it outright, but losing Feingold is a pretty serious blow to Senate progressives, and Senate seats might as well be Supreme Court appointments, seeing how difficult it is, once elected, to lose them except to death or retirement.

      1. lulzmonger

        Don't get me wrong, I know the Ds got a non-trivial boot in the nuts on Tuesday – & I doubt that the result will produce "a more disciplined caucus" anyway. Just couldn't help noticing that the result has been subjected to heavy-duty spin by Teh Liberal Media. Dem voters despise Reid almost as much as the GOP does & yet he miraculously kept his seat = NON-STORY.

        Sadly, Republicans still don't have a footbullet monopoly.

  17. transfatz

    Republicans will be positioning black and Hispanic quislings to run in countless races in 2012. Don't think they haven't learned the lesson of their anti-Hispanic behavior in 2010. They are looking at the same numbers I'm looking at and they got their patoots kicked. Things could have been much worse for the Dems if the Republibigots had simply kept their mouths shut. Democratic organizations must be increasingly proactive about bringing superior minority candidates to the fore to give voters a policy based choice. Minority legislators should be fast-tracked into leadership positions to counter the Republican's "new" big tent facade.

    1. BarackMyWorld

      I don't think Stewart and Colbert were necessarily arguing for compromising principles, just ratcheting down the rhetoric and ad hominems.

      1. Bluestatelibel

        Yeah, but you know what side is flinging all the rhetoric and ad hominens. I stomached Hannity for about 15 minutes the other night, and it was 15 minutes stating that $200 million per day bullshit as fact, and then the crap about "Obama is so spoiled and a spendthrift." Millions of people watched that, and most still probably believe the $200 million per day and the 34 warships crap.

        1. BarackMyWorld

          That's a fair point, but a few years ago the roles were reversed.

          There were people on the left who spent 8 years comparing Bush to Hitler. Olbermann had a special comment where he seriously argued that Bush was a fascist. There was an entire movement devoted to trying to show he was behind 9/11. The people on the left that went to these lengths weren't as numerous or mainstream as the people on the right lying about Obama and calling him a socialist (as Maher points out), but that doesn't make it ok.

      2. Chet Kincaid

        But Stewart pretended that there is an equal amount of left/right rhetoric and ad hominems, and implied that the left was as crazy as the right, in order to "Trojan Horse" his message as non-partisan. What weak sauce–and I know The Daily Show has criticized Obama for the same kind of weakness and naivete. Some usually-accurate name-calling from Olbermann and Ed Schultz (who?) is the biggest problem facing the country? Look at what the stakes were three days later: in retrospect, what a waste of 200,000 people. Maher's critique demands an answer, which I'd love to see Monday night.

        (HBO removed the video in the HuffPo article, but here's another version:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC8mU86ZUBg

  18. BarryOPotter

    Bristol Palin was too busy shaking that ass to vote

    Ben, are you suggesting that if Bristol's ass were thrown in the air, it would turn into sunshine?

  19. mumbly_joe

    Man, that Tennessee thing. It's weird- somehow, the only picture that ended up on my facebook from the Halloween weekend was myself wearing an edifice of hats: no pictures of me standing next to clergy dressed up as racist caricatures in blackface at all! Am I doing something wrong?

    1. weejee

      Sweet Baby Jeebus, what a vision! That wuz no way to greet the dawn. 'Scuzies, I have to paddle out into the surf and feed myself to the sharks.

  20. BarackMyWorld

    Cantor was saying this morning that the GOP isn't going to compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts for top earners.

    "I am not for raising taxes in a recession, especially when it comes to job-creators we need so desperately to create jobs again."

    In Republicanland, top earners are a magic economic growth machine that you can insert tax cuts into and jobs are spit out like Snickers bars and cans of Mountain Dew.

    1. V572625694

      Are you saying that when the Riches pour their tax cut savings into the stock market, second homes in St-Tropez, and yachts chartered in Panama, it doesn't create jobs in US America, except maybe for $1K/hr-hookers, coke dealers, Illegal gardeners, nannies and other house staff? This is the kind of class warfare that is ruining the country.

    2. weejee

      Did Cantor say that with a straight face? Generally speaking, and with the usual caveats on the 'general' case, once a small biz owner has the nickle in his/her pocket, the chances of that getting invested back into their small biz lie between slim and none. Maybe Pelosi can trade some small biz payroll-related tax cuts for letting the over $250K Bush tax cut expire. And hopefully she can do that in the upcoming lame duck session.

      1. jim89048

        Exactly right. Once upon a time I had myself a small business, and my sole purpose for it was to hang on to every nickel I could. My only employee was myself, except for the crooked little accountant I hired at tax time. I get the feeling I am/was not alone in this thinking.

      2. BarackMyWorld

        He made the usual supply-side argument about the cure for any and all economic problems was more capital for investment, as if (a) there was any kind of shortage of capital right now, or (b) there would be any demand for new products if they did happen to use the money to invest in new businesses or business expansion.

        1. weejee

          Good grief! Continuing to slide on Laffer's curve on taxes in today's economy makes about as much sense as applying Becher's Phlogiston Theory to a forest fire in the Northwest. Supply, like our Northwest trees, wasn't the problem in the recent bursting bubbles, pick one – any one, it was demand. As you said BMW, there ain't no capital shortage either. The only supply-side symptom our economy has right now is the past decade's dramatic increase in the disparity between thems that have and thems that don't.

          Getting rid of the tax cut on income over $250K should be the DRats #1 job when they get back. Gazzillionaires like Warren Buffet & Bill Gates say they should get hit.

          What bad crack has Cantor been smoking to say no? What a douche. Eric the douche should be put in a room filled with dephlogisticated air and supply-side that 'til he turns blue.

    3. Negropolis

      As my city mayor, Virg Bernero, says of trickle-down economics:

      "I don't know about you, but I'm tired of being trickled on."

      Indeed, Virg; indeed.

  21. fuflans

    i wonder how the vast right wing idiocracy will respond to michelle dancing in asia.

    wait, no, i don't.

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