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Teabag Gags And Other Important Democratic Functions

All this talk on the news about the right-wing "teabagging" protests is cracking me up. In fact I'm starting to think that the evil liberal media talked the national frustrati into taking on that moniker for their movement as a juvenile prank. (Locally, our own Michael Mooney mixed it up with these folks yesterday). For those not educated in the nasty arts, the definition of "teabagging" can be found here. And the double entrendres on cable news shows not named Fox have been totally over the top -- and hilarious. Anderson Cooper said, on the air, "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging" during a conversation with David Gergen (something tells me ol' Anderson is speaking from experience, too). David Schuster of MSNBC described it all thusly:

It's going to be tea-bagging day for the right-wing and they're going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend and, while the parties are officially toothless, the tea-baggers are full-throated about their goals. They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending-spending they did not oppose when they were under presidents Bush and Reagan.

Dude went on, eventually (and predictably) bringing Dick Armey into it. MSNBC liberal Rachel Maddow has been at the teabagging gags (oops, now I've done it) for a while now, and last night said something to the effect, "They're teabagging all across the nation and having a ball." I laughed my ass off at that one.

I looked at the local coverage and, alas, those newspapers didn't partake in any of the fun. Beth Reinhard was, characteristically, no fun at all and Rafael Olmeda focused on a Glen Beck watcher named Lauren O'Brien, who organized the teabagging in FTL. O'Brien isn't funny, she's sad: The woman is railing about paying taxes to help other people when both her kids are on her Medicaid. Somebody needs to show that woman the definition of hypocrite.

And don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of the bailouts. I believe they may give some temporary relief, but ultimately will make this deep economic trough worse. We're going to take our medicine sooner or later -- and a boatload of sugar in between isn't going to help. But a lot of these folks remind me of post-WWI Germans -- and we know what happened with them. So deride away Schuster et al. Deride away.

-- Lastly here, I want to point to a Michael Mayo blog post about the Republican state Legislature's attempt to give big tax breaks to mega-rich yacht and plane buyers. Why aren't the teabaggers railing against that? (I know the answer, but it only proves their lack of logic).

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