Trouble in Tea Party paradise?

There might be trouble in Tea Party paradise, as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Insane) has become the latest figure to pull out of a scheduled speaking gig at the National Tea Party Convention next year. In pulling out of the speaking gig, Bachmann’s office cited concerns about the event’s financial arrangements. Some Tea Partiers have accused the convention’s organizer, Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, of seeking to profit from the convention, but anyone who reads Blogging Blue would know that’s old news, as I noted way back in September that one of the key groups involved with the Tea Party movement, the American Liberty Alliance, is unlike other “grassroots” organizations across the nation – whether left-leaning or right-leaning – in that the American Liberty Alliance is a for-profit entity.

I wonder how many of the folks who are shelling out $349 to attend the National Tea Party Convention next year realize that their money will likely end up in the hands of groups looking to turn a profit – and not necessarily motivated by a true desire to effect change or represent a movement.


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5 thoughts on “Trouble in Tea Party paradise?

  1. If “the people” would open up their eyes and take a long look around them they will see the people who are inciting them, agitating them, or maybe they feel inspiring them, are all making $$$$ off of them. I don’t like it when someone bullshits me or tells me what I want to hear or kisses my ass just to make money…and I can’t for the life of me figure out why the (real) teabaggers or “the people” are allowing this to go on. It’s as if they have “SUCKER” written on their foreheads.

  2. Historically speaking, the party of an incumbent president almost always loses in the mid-term election. The pundits are telling us that 2010 will be no exception. I wouldn’t be too sure of that. The Tea Party knuckleheads are already claiming responsibility for last week’s Massachusetts upset and have every intention charting the GOP’s future course. When the powers-that-be within the RNC deny them the ability to set the agenda, they’ll splinter off into third and fourth party uprisings.

    How can I be so sure of this? It’s quite simple, really. These people are not only crazy, they’re also dumber than doggy dung – and, thus, very easy to predict. It’s only a matter of time before their mad house of cards comes crashing down.

    The ten months between now and Election Day will only see the continued implosion of the “party of Lincoln”. Count on it.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  3. Actually, it’s pretty well-known in conservative circles the guys doing this convention are pretty much doing it to make money, not enhance the movement. The more elected officials who bail on it, the better.

    Also, did you fail to see Bachmann pulled in $1M last quarter? Like Grayson in Florida, “crazy” is a fund raising appeal.

    1. I don’t think Bachmann’s supporters like her because she’s crazy. I think they like her because they know she will vote the extreme right-wing position on every issue. She is not swayed by lobbyists, colleagues reaching across the aisle, or facts. She is basically a conservo-bot who will always obey her programming. The crazy outbursts are either a bug that her constituents are willing to live with, or a software feature that they enjoy, depending on their personal opinions on social issues.

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