Teabagistan’s Civil War Escalates

For several weeks all of Teabagistan has been in a simmering civil war divided along pro-Trump / anti-Trump sides. Things began to ramp up last week when Glenn Beck called wannabe Trump running mate Sarah Palin a “clown,” adding that he was embarrassed to have ever supported her. Beck apologized the next day, but that wasn’t good enough for Breitbart, who fired back yesterday with a “Palin insiders” claim that she has loathed Beck for years because he once read a private email of hers on-air without permission. Then Beck decided that any teabagger who supports Trump is probably a total racist, which of course has sent the total racists at Trump World Headquarters into foaming apoplexy. It’s all quite enjoyable, really.

  • vorpal

    What I find quite sad is that Breitbart is actually one of the more “reasonable” (if the word can even be applied) conservative sites out there, since at least they allow dissenting opinions without banning people for sharing them.

    • oikos

      I was banned from Breitbart for dissenting.

      • vorpal

        Wow… really? It’s the one far-right site from which I can’t seem to get banned, no matter how snarky and dissenting I get!

        • Ted.OR

          You probably use words with more than five letters, thus they don’t understand. They don’t realize that you are dissenting.

  • j.martindale

    The down side is…well, there is really no down side.

    • BobSF_94117

      We’re spending at least a year discussing these clowns. That sounds like a downside to me.

      • j.martindale

        But you don’t have to pay to watch this circus.

        • Ted.OR

          Well, when I think of a circus, the two things that come to mind are elephants and clowns.

    • Chucktech

      Sadly, and all snark aside, the downside is that this completely melted down Republican party is really bad for our country. We do need a robust, two-party debate to effectively govern this country. And when one party has this irrational, blind enmity for the President of the United States, governance really doesn’t happen.

      • JW Swift

        Which would be ideal, except that we haven’t had two parties willing and capable of debate and compromise in quite some time. You’d need that first.

        • Chucktech

          The lion’s share of blame is squarely on the Republicans, and it all started with the Clinton administration.

          • Man_in_the_mists

            Well, it got blatant with the Clinton admin. I still remember Iran-Contra, the hostage negotiation backstab and Nixon’s “secret plan” for Vietnam.

  • dcurlee

    Again I love when they eat their own

  • geoffalnutt

    All this ugly corrosion within The Right is truly beautiful!

  • DaddyRay

    ..

  • Homo Erectus

    Pot, meet Kettle.

  • Trevor Brown

    Sips tea quietly

    • Joe in PA

      I love the casual raised eyebrow. 🙂

  • LovesIrony

    The kettles are steaming mad at the pots

    • clay

      Pa Kettle & Miss Pot

  • Ninja0980

    Pass the popcorn, this will be fun!

  • I find myself wondering how much of this is scripted.

    • Ted.OR

      My theory is that it isn’t so much “scripted” as “directed”. Plus, the candidates are being used more as “puppets” than as “actors”. The theory goes that there are some, high up in the Repub party, who are using Trump to drum up enthusiasm, but he is the last one they want to become president. At some point, they will begin to extricate him from his candidacy.

      What is really fun is that since the candidates are not aware of this, once Trump gets pulled away, he won’t pay attention to “The Pledge”. His ego will compel him to run as independent.

  • oikos

    Palump

    • Fyva Prold

      Donna Plump

    • Menergy

      OMG I just did a Stephen Colbert puke reaction!,,,

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Not that much of a difference for her.

  • Here’s the results of the voting over there on Breitbart

    http://s5.postimg.org/4735z0kx3/trump.jpg

  • Sam

    Wait. So is Beck saying that Donald Trump hates white people?

  • Gustav2

    Whoda thunk Teavangelicals were racist?

  • Sam_Handwich

    Trump is a symptom of a party with no coherent governing philosophy.

    Look at congress – their “Iran disapproval” bill went down in flames yesterday. The super-crazies are threatening to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood and Mitch is basically thumbing his nose at them….which might seem like a wise move now, but i.can’t wait to see what antics Carnival Cruz will pull. And meanwhile the House Teabilly Freedumb Caucus is threatening once again to oust Boehner. http://thehill.com/homenews/house/253744-house-conservatives-warm-to-mccarthy-as-speaker

    • HadenoughBS

      So true, Sam, so damn true. There’s all this talk currently with outsiders leading in the presidential primary race and how the polls have shown for years that this country is going in the wrong direction. And, typically, the TV pundits lay this at the feet of Obama. But, hold on, fools, it’s this Congress – controlled by Rethuglicans – who oppose just about anything and everything that Obama and the Dems propose. Of course, the GOPers announced upon Obama’s first election they’d be the obstructionist party to his proposed policies.

      If it weren’t for the president issuing executive orders, nothing – NOTHING! – would get done and move forward. So, it’s no wonder the polls show such dissatisfaction with DC pols but don’t blame Dems who are trying to be progressive and solve issues while the GOPers resist him at every turn while even one Rethuglican Senator has succeeded in shutting down the government (and is threatening to do so again if he doesn’t get HIS way).

      Tonight’s Simi Valley GOP presidential primary debate no doubt will attract another high viewership count. However, I’ll wait for the highlights which’ll be played endlessly over the next few days. I don’t need to watch these eleven candidates to know how awful this party is for our country. That’s how I’ll be obstructionist in my own way and vote for the Democratic nominee for president.

      • Chucktech

        Actually, on one level, I do put some of this at Obama’s feet.

        He had the uncharacteristic naivete to think that he could work in bipartisanship with the Republicans, during the first year when both houses were Democratically controlled, knowing goddam well that a cabal of Republicans sat strategizing on how to ensure that he was a one term president and block Every. Fucking. Thing. he tried to do.

        I totally blame him for that.

        • JW Swift

          I don’t blame him for trying, but it should have become obvious that it wasn’t going to work a lot sooner than it did. So, unfortunately, the opportunity to move things forward in Congress during those first years was squandered, yes.

          • Chucktech

            He should have given it a perfunctory try for a couple of months, then said “Fuck this.” He knew they were plotting against him while he was being inaugurated, for chrissakes.

        • Ted.OR

          Sadly, Ted Kennedy passed away early in that congressional term, allowing Massachusetts to send a Republican to replace him. That one senator meant that the Democrats, while they had a majority, did not have a filibuster-proof majority.

          • CottonBlimp

            He didn’t die *that* early. I distinctly remember that Obama could have passed health care reform with Ted, but he was spending so long trying to get Republicans to approve his bill (when he didn’t even need their support) that he missed his window. Because of that, the ACA got watered down more than it already was, just so the GOP could STILL call it tyranny and compare him to Hitler.

        • CottonBlimp

          Not only that, he spent the whole first 4 years of his presidency blaming *liberals* for his inability to get stuff done. Ffs.

          I wonder if he feels like an idiot about this stuff now that he’s “evolved” into a much more decent man and politician.

          • Chucktech

            >Sigh…< No, probably not. Just like NOT prosecuting Moron Bush and Cheney for being war criminals, he'd say we have to look forward and not dwell in the past…

      • Ted.OR

        The hell of it is that when the general election finally comes, they will still vote for the Repub candidate, no matter who (s)he is. Because, you know, the Democrats are going to put them in jail for being christian and take away their guns and teach homosexuality in school and raise taxes and destroy our military and open the borders and give away free money and health care and shut down the oil and coal industries and make everyone drive electric cars and make abortion mandatory.

        • JW Swift

          For some of them, yes, it’s about the social issues, but for most of them, it’s about taxes and greed.

          • Ted.OR

            The irony is that many Repub voters don’t realize that by their vote, they are in effect enabling the corporate greed that takes away their jobs. (To be fair, that does exist on the Democratic side too, but to a lesser extent.) It does sound like they might be waking up to that, however.

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  • Robert Rhea

    Beck is still all sore-in-the-butt over being shouted off stage at the Iran rally. Poor Becksie-wecksie….

  • Sam_Handwich

    oh cripes….i nearly forgot the debate is tonight …. at 8 ET on CNN

    • M Jackson

      Gotta watch it. I wonder if it will be an actual debate, unlike the last inquisition on past transgressions by Duggar apologist Megyn Kelly (hardly stainless herself) and cavalcade of her arsenal of smirks.

  • clay

    “Oh, look, I have all of this rope laying around. I wonder if anyone could use it?”

    • pj

      if only

  • JaniceInToronto

    And to think theses shenanigans will continue for another -year-!

    All that fun for free. What a deal. If you guys had a couple more political parties you could -never- have to be without insane political rants. It would be a never-ending source of rhetoric and bigotry.

    Now if some smart individual could figure out how to harness all that bizarre energy and turn it into electricity you could shut down all the old power plants.
    Win-win.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Prion

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    … ..

  • anne marie in philly

    where’s the popcorn bowl when I need it? 🙂

  • goofy_joe

    They seem to be utterly consumed by hate and anger.

    • pj

      at least this time they turned on each other. it gives us a break for a while.

    • Chucktech

      That’s what the Republican Party has devolved into: A cesspool of dysfunction and hate and anger. And it’s bad for our country.

      • pj

        couldnt agree more…..but it seems like its going to happen as long as the tail is wagging the dog.

  • M Jackson

    I can hardly comment/bomb on the Right rags about either one of the jerks without being pilloried as a supporter of the other one. It’s frustrating. But in a good way. It’s eerily like a cold day in the snow with the Donner party.

  • Blake Jordan

    And any teabaggers who do not support Trump are also racist…

  • Reality.Bites

    Meanwhile in Canada, you get dumped as a Conservative candidate for parliament for blogging stuff like this a few years ago.

    Blair Dale was to be the party’s flag-bearer in the riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity until his alleged comments were revealed by blogger Robert Jago.

    Jago unearthed comments he says appear to have been made by Dale on Google+ and the dating site OkCupid.

    “If you want to see more of your race, stop supporting things that aren’t about it,”

    Dale also said he would like evolution and creationism taught together in school, saying “students should hear both sides.”

    He said he could date someone who does drugs, “but only soft stuff like marijuana.”

    On abortion, Dale said it “depends on the case, not just for being irresponsible, but in cases like rape, yes.”

    http://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2015/09/15/tory-candidate-dumped-after-social-media-comments-on-race-drug-use.html

    • Hue-Man

      The Political Talking Heads are wringing their hands about whether there should be a Statute of Limitations on social media comments. “If we don’t allow kids to be kids, then we’ll never ever have another political candidate ever!”

      I’m 100% unforgiving; if you were a racist or homophobe when you were 20, you’re likely to be a racist when you’re 50. If you have truly changed your ways, then get ahead of the story by performing a full mea culpa: “When I was very young and ignorant, I said the following [detailed list of social media]. I have come to understand that lesbians and gays will not burn in the fiery pit for all eternity. I apologize completely on behalf of my younger, unenlightened self.”

      • Reality.Bites

        One thing about our system is it does allow these people to be dumped easily and the parties are fairly good about doing it. What they’re not so good at is vetting people in the first place.

        • Hue-Man

          It doesn’t make sense that you wouldn’t do the same “opposition research” on your own candidates BEFORE you turned the party machine on your opponents. Dirt on your opponents isn’t time sensitive, especially if we’re going to have elections that run for 6 months – hate never grows old. Dirt revealed about your candidates makes the party look incompetent.

  • Webslinger

    this is what it truly amounts to…them biting themselves and NOT knowing it…

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/40288/dog-bone-o.gif

    • B Snow

      That dog ain’t right in the head. (And I’m kind of ashamed for laughing.)

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    All other teabaggers are anti-gay Christians.

  • TheSeer

    All tea partiers are racists.

  • Where will the refugees go?

  • TexPlant

    Wait! I thought all tea baggers were raciest that is one of the requirements to being a tea-baggie loon!

  • Paul

    Same thing is going on in Europe with people like Geert Wilders and Marie LePen.