Ben Shapiro: The Tea Party Isn’t Dead, It’s Waiting

A Gallup poll issued yesterday showed that support for the Tea Party is at an all-time low, with only 17% of those surveyed saying they have a favorable impression. Today Ben Shapiro blames the GOP establishment and soothes his Breitbart readers about all that “chortling” from the left. He writes:

Ejected from the levers of power by the Republican establishment, Tea Partiers have moved away from their disorganized campaign of providing informal support to Republicans more broadly, and have instead infiltrated into grassroots-friendly presidential campaigns from Donald Trump to Ben Carson to Cruz. In the process, their population has purportedly shrunk, but their power has not waned.

Look for it to wax again as the presidential race moves forward. The Tea Party was born in dissatisfaction with intransigent government and willful politicians. They may have bled away into the woodwork, but they’re not gone permanently. When the time comes, the Tea Party will be back with a vengeance, to the evident discomfort of all the same Republican establishment members who disliked it in the first place.

Tomorrow the Tea Party will be handed its biggest defeat in some time when Paul Ryan is elected as House Speaker.

  • pickypecker
    • Doug105


      • Duane Dimitrov

        This is a very intolerant thing to say!

        • Doug105

          Yes, let’s tolerant intolerance till there is no tolerance left.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            If we don’t tolerate the necessity these people have of oppressing gays, well, we are just as bad as they are!

            Tisk, tisk!

          • Doug105

            Ok, caught the snark that time.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            These people’s primitive beliefs have no business being respected.

            The thing they refuse to understand in their quest to dominate discussion is (1) you can believe whatever bullshit you want in America but (2) if what you believe is a bunch of garbage, you should get called out.

  • bkmn

    Someone thinks he is a pretty princess.

  • WiscoJoe
    • Bill

      He wants you too, Malachi!!!!!!!

      He wants you, too.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      I fucking love Isaac. He was the best part of the film.

    • radiofreerome

      Fucking brilliant!

    • grumpyoldman

      Damn! I should have looked before I posted – eek, he is staring at me.

  • pickypecker
    • vorpal

      Obviously “Death to the American President” goes to the Taliban.
      No Tea Partier would ever admit to him being the American President.

      But then I wonder why the Taliban would need two anti-Obama signs, since similarly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Teater Tot refer to him by anything other than “Obummer”, “Ovomit”, Soetoro, etc.

    • Nic Peterson

      Both signs are spelled correctly. Neither can belong to a teabagger.

      • Joseph Miceli


      • GC

        That’s right! They choose libety over tranny.
        (And they call us morans.)

  • Matt

    Unfortunately, he’s party correct. The power has not waned because, while the national public opinion of tea-baggers is appropriately low, they continue to get elected to positions of power all across the country. Voters don’t see “their” personal tea-bagging congress critters as the problem, so they have no issue casting votes for them. You cannot reason with a mind that does not see reality or truth. They will be a huge obstacle to overcome for years, unfortunately. American will be held back as long as they have any power whatsoever.

    • Circ09

      Exactly. The Tea Party grew organically as a slow moving wave. They started by taking over local school boards, city councils and appointing their friends to government offices and contracts. And the National Democratic party and many State parties ignored it all as it was happening despite plenty of warnings on the ground. Now these extremists are embedded in many places, especially here in the South. It will take at least a generation and a lot of resources from other political parties to uproot them from their entrenched positions. Good luck with that.

    • DesertSun59

      Absolutely correct. There is zero evidence that their power over their districts has in any way waned.

  • MattM

    Elvis isn’t dead either. He’s just waiting for the right time
    to make his comeback.

    • Hue-Man

      Just sleeping…

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Naw, pining for the fjords.

        • GC

          Beautiful plumage, the Norwegian Blue…

    • Robert William Alexander Jr.

      True believers know he’ll return in a flying ’59 Buick…

    • oikos
      • MattM

        “Hello, Caesar’s Palace? I just found your next residency.”

  • bryan

    He’s just a vulture circling a corpse.

    • lymis

      Vultures serve a useful purpose.

  • Jmdintpa

    is it wrong i want to grudge fuck him… do i need therapy ? why do i feel so dirty?

    • LonelyLiberal

      I’ve wanted to grudge fuck worse, so I, personally, will give you a pass on him.

      Now if you want to talk to him, I’d say to check yourself into the hospital instantly. Something is very, very wrong with you.

    • Rambie


    • HanyBaal

      I’ve guiltily lusted after Rep Jim Jordan, Noted homophobe and previous wrestler.

      • Priya Lynn

        I’d never have sex with a man I dislike, regardless of how he looks. For men they have to pass a long list of criteria before I’d have sex with them. They’ve got to be fairminded, nurturing, humble, liberal, etc. With women good looks is enough.

        • RoFaWh

          I’m even more petty than you are: not too long ago I gave a long-time fuck bud his walking papers because, inter alia, he consistently failed to put his beer cans in the recycling bin and his cigarette butts in the trash.

          These weren’t the only problems, merely a representative slice of the issues, which largely added up to unwitting disrespect. A typical millenial, I gather.

          • Priya Lynn

            Is it petty to want a nice person to go to bed with?
            I don’t know if by “typical millenial” you’re referrring to me, you, or your bud but I’m in my 50’s

      • xzargo

        You know, me too. He’s the reason the term ‘punish fuck’ was coined.

    • vorpal

      My dirty grudge fuck fantasy is hate pounding both the Benhams, so I feel your filthiness.

      • Joseph Miceli

        I knew I loved you for a reason.

        • vorpal

          The feeling is 100% mutual :D.

    • SunsetGay

      Not at all. You keep demon-baby from the Omen. I’ll stick with allies like Chris Kluwe.

    • Tony Prost

      aw, he is kinda cute in a Tom Sawyerish kind of way.

    • StSean

      is it grudge fuck if he lets you?

  • LonelyLiberal

    So it’s kind of like a zombie, waiting to rise from the grave and steal the brains of its adherents again.

    That’s so Romero.

  • Robert William Alexander Jr.

    for some reason I think of a dead parrot: “‘e’s merely resting.”

    • pickypecker
      • David Walker

        “‘e’s got nice plumage, though.”

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “The Norwegian Blue.”

        • Chucktech

          “Byoo-ee-ful plewmage!”

      • Lumpy Gaga

        This has got to be at least 40 years old. Nonetheless, I just looked at the blue parrot-head in the screencap — and LOLed.

  • Craig S

    He’s got that right. Tea party people are an angry lot and their anger will not go away. And that’s fine by me — the more they pull the GOP to the right, the more democrats will win.

    • Nic Peterson

      If the GOP truly wants to reign in the crazy, the RNC will primary as many of the Tea – thugs as possible. This, of course, isn’t going to happen and I will be forced to mix another batch of yummy Martinis.

  • Mike C

    It waits.

  • oikos
  • David Kerlick

    With their wardrobe of brown shirts and their weapons…

  • Chuck

    He always looks like Damien Thorn from the Omen….

  • lymis

    Coming from Shapiro, that reads like a warning about the undead, not a commentary about the electorate.

  • anyone else love that he aligns himself with america’s most hateful anti-semites?

  • Cosmo Tupper

    And only fox news continues to give this piece of roach sh*t a sounding board.

  • Lee

    “…And she’s not only merely dead She’s really most sincerely dead.”

  • Tor

    “The Tea Party was born in dissatisfaction with intransigent government and willful politicians.”
    Isn’t that the very definition of the current set of Tea Party Congressthings?

  • Hue-Man
    • LonelyLiberal

      Is seal tossing like dwarf tossing in the wrestling world?

      • Hue-Man

        Slight difference – the seal doesn’t return for another bout!

  • vorpal

    Saying that the tea party has been “providing informal support to Republicans” is like saying that the melamine pet food atrocity from a few years back was “providing informal nutrition to cats and dogs.”

  • DesertSun59

    This is the very first time I’ve ever said he’s correct. There is literally no evidence that the Teatards are through. Paul Ryan’s rise to Speaker is just a blip on the chart.

  • motordog

    Whatever you do, DON’T look into a mirror in a dark room and chant ‘tea party’ 5 times!

    • LonelyLiberal

      Also, don’t chant “Ben Shapiro.” He appears before you and begs you to make love to him because nobody else will.

      Really, the whole show is just painful to watch.

  • Michael Senesac

    “They may have bled away into the woodwork…” Know what else is in the woodwork?

  • geoffalnutt

    The Children-Of-The-Bag were an anomaly, but they were just too stupid to have the requisite staying power. Loud and sometimes violent – it didn’t work.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Ugh. High school writing level. Grates to read.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Ben Shapiro: Sin, Dick, Hated Columnist.

  • delk

    The Chamber of Commerce is fed up with them and are planning to spend millions on primaries to oust them.

  • Chuck

    I see the resemblence

  • Prion

  • Thorn Spike

    Oh, Benji, bless your heart.

    The Tea Party was not born in dissatisfaction with intransigent government and willful politicians, it was born of power-hungry billionaires and compliant, partisan media.

  • lattebud

    They holding on for a hero

    And some Bonnie Tyler for a midday energy pop

  • Mark

    From all of the data I have collected – and all of my resources do agree – all indications are that the Tea Party was willing to move gayly left if, and only if, Benny had used a more color neutral pancake for his on-air appearances. As it is, they are completely pissed off with the ‘two caterpillars on a pasty white asshole’ look.

  • Bj Lincoln

    They bled into the woodwork….Like the roaches they are. Problem is if we don’t kill them now, they will breed unnoticed and come back with their kids. They have already established themselves in local and state governments

    • ZhyKitty

      Yeah, they still control the local governing positions from school boards to Governor’s mansions down here. They’re definitely still a problem.

      And, while Eddie Munster becoming Speaker might be a loss for them, it’s not exactly a win for us, especially those of us in the lower classes, given his thoughts towards the poor. None of us have forgotten his ideas for the final destruction of the social safety nets.

  • LovesIrony

    Ben, what do you want to be when you grow up?

    • billbear1961

      The all-consuming black hole of the universe!

  • Cuberly

    “The Tea Party was born in dissatisfaction with intransigent government and willful politicians.”

    Yeah Ben, cuz nobody knows intransigent and willful like a tea-talibanjelical. Is it just me or did he pull a Rove in that quote?

    • LovesIrony

      the tea party was born when a black man was elected president

      • Gianni

        That is true.

      • Cuberly

        Well, that and that 28% that loved W as he walked out the WH door.

        A bunch of white people that can’t deal with with disappointment, at all.

  • jomicur

    “If I just whistle in the dark, the boogeyman won’t get me!”

  • greenmanTN
    • CottonBlimp

      If they want more brains, why would they vote for Reagan?

      • greenmanTN

        Reagan brains are zombie dessert, empty calories with no nutritional value whatsoever.

  • ben-andy

    Who’a a thunk it? That we’d be “happy” that Paul Ryan is to be Speaker? That Boehner would seem like a “moderate” who “wanted to get things done?” They have achieved a very large shift to the right. Let’s just hope the people of the USA are tired of that as the people of Canada were so recently.

    • lymis

      Don’t misframe it. As it played out, The choices were Ryan or a government shutdown, unless Boehner was willing to rescind his resignation.

      I’m not happy to see Ryan as Speaker – though I don’t mind the likely critical damage it will do his career – and I don’t like the Republicans in charge of Congress. But I’d rather have a Speaker than a House that can’t function.

      • Christopher Smith

        ‘misframe? We’ve HAD a nonfunctional (not even DYSfunctional) House for several years now, and another government shutdown would only have done the Teathugs even more damage and had its inevitable final result (same as last time). Nothing about the lurch to reactionary fascism and the subsequent insane ‘framing’ of slightly less fascist behavior as ‘moderate’ is ‘misframed in ben-andy’s comment, which is exactly correct.

  • CB

    Anger, outrage, lack of feasible policies and obstruction are not sustainable over the long-term. Certainly not as a political movement. It’s caught up to Trump pretty quickly.

  • Porkie

    ‘Tis but a flesh wound!

  • billbear1961

    We KNOW they’re waiting, like mad dogs or jackals or hyenas, lurking in the shadows!

    We KNOW they’re waiting for ANY opportunity to crawl out of the woodwork!

    Like YOU, they are an ignorant fascist BLIGHT on this nation, a curse, a punishment for every sin this nation has ever committed!

    Like YOU, they are the enemies of the Constitution, of genuine democracy and the protections it affords ALL citizens, of rational thought and critical inquiry, of facts and respect for the truth, of true FREEDOM and of JUSTICE!!

    Too many in this apathetic nation are not fully aware of the profound DANGER to CIVILIZED LIFE these callous SAVAGES represent!

    But we here on this site do not number among the unenlightened!

    We stand on GUARD–for the REPUBLIC!!

  • CottonBlimp

    How insane is it that Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand loving objectivist libertarian fundamentalist, is considered a “loss” for the Tea Party?

    • JustSayin’

      It makes sense if you understand that the tea party is not about governing or building something, they are about tearing down, demolition, destruction. Their goal is literally anarchy and chaos..with that In mind the reality that no leader will ever be conservative enough for them is clear. To follow a leader is to reject chaos and anarchy.

  • TampaZeke

    Ben Shapiro, Damien Omen’s even MORE evil twin brother.

    • Steve

      Gee, I was gonna say that.

  • greenmanTN

    Kind of like a Jurassic Park movie, the Tea Party is an extinct entity brought back to life by arrogant billionaires (the Koch bros), and now they’re rampaging on the loose. Run! The butthurt-asaurus has escaped its paddock!

  • BearEyes

    The Tea Party was born in dissatisfaction with intransigent government and willful politicians.
    – so, it’s dissatisfied with itself.

    • Gianni

      It is amazing how they don’t see their own intransigence. I don’t understand how being totally intransigent is an answer to solving any problems. Instead of making an effort to get the machinery working, their solution is don’t allow it to work at all. It’s nutty from the get-go!

  • sherman

    The teabaggers are nothing but an astroturf group of willfully ignorant people funded by the Koch brothers.

    • billbear1961

      Yet look at the threat they pose!

      Look at a great nation–a world power–still, for the time being, THE world power (but not for long as this political CANCER metastasizes)–appear almost HELPLESS–all but paralyzed–at the hands of this two-faced, worthless SCUM!

      Over 300 MILLION held HOSTAGE because our “leaders” in Washington will not stand up to them–this small minority–and the media won’t do their goddamned JOBS and EXPOSE them for the dangerous, delusional, ruthless MANIACS that they so clearly ARE!!

      They have the GALL to threaten to SEVER this nation’s SPINE, but this MADNESS goes on and on and on!!

    • lymis

      I wonder what happens to them once the gazillonaire funding and FOX news free publicity dries up in favor of the next trendy political movement.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Waiting for what? A defibrillator?

  • Paula

    What is with that stare? He must think that he is really tough. I’d be happy to help adjust his attitude.

  • Jan Wesselius

    If the “tea Party” was so good it would form it’s own political party instead of leeching off the GOP.

  • GanymedeRenard

    The Tea Party is waiting? Sure, Ben. And the Jews are waiting for the Messiah.

  • Octavio

    Reading through the comments I sort of pick up that Ben Shapiro isn’t very popular? Ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, !!!!!

  • Lee Grupsmith

    That is not dead which can eternal lie,
    And with strange aeons even death may die.

    • Friday

      I remember doing the time warp.
      Let’s do the time warp again. 🙂

  • Bob Conti

    “,,,and have instead infiltrated into grassroots-friendly presidential campaigns from Donald Trump to Ben Carson to Cruz.” The Unholy Trinity. And Trump… grass roots? Bwahahahahahahahaha!

  • JamesInCA

    If we now see Paul Ryan as the reasonable alternative, the Tea Party has won.

    • lymis

      If we now see Paul Ryan as a better alternative than the Tea Party, if just means we’re paying attention. Better is different from good. Or reasonable. Or even acceptable.

  • Gianni

    The Republican party nursed this viper to its bosom and now the child has grown to bite the ass that fed it. Unfortunately, it threatens all of us. One could always hope that the voting public somehow wakes up to the problem, but that is a long shot, a very long shot.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Ben “Wednesday” Shapiro!

  • rednekokie

    I still think he looks like Dracula.

    • danolgb

      Funny, I was going to say that he sees the Tea Party as undead.

  • HZ81

    I’m sorry, something must be wrong with my screen. The caption under Ben’s name reads Syndicated Columnist when it should read Stupid Bitch

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Benny boy is right, the tea party is not dead, it is waiting…for someone to sign on the order to pull the plug and let it die a slow death at the hands of its own leaders and spokespeople, not to mention its supporters.

    My mama always told me never to intervene when my enemy is committing suicide.

  • pleasebereasonable

    Waiting for what? The candidates to get more crazy? More racist? Less intelligent?

    • Traxley Launderette

      Waiting for lunch, as soon as the wife gets done making it.

      Also, the battery on the Rascal scooter’s not quite charged up yet.

      Oh, and Matlock comes on in an hour.

      But after that, you best watch yourself.

  • JustSayin’

    So the question is now to all the readers, are you really going to vote this time? Are you going to make sure that all the down ballot races are also vvoted for the liberal candidate?

    Are you going to bust your asses to get voters to turn out no matter who the liberal candidate is?

    The reason I ask is p!ain. So many here and elsewhere are constantly threatening to waste their vote through Artie ins and by staying home that we frequently loose power because of their selfish and childish behavior.

    Even in presidential years down ballot slots are often left unmarked. This gives the fundies wins in state and governor elections which fuck up a whole lot of things and in truth is what allows them to gerrymander voting districts….

    So what will each of you do? Bitch and moan like a child or get out and vote to WIN?

    • skeptical_inquirer

      I always vote by write-in and have voted every time.

      What’s really annoying is trying to figure out the smaller city positions like school boards and the like. I do google but unless they’re like that crazy batshit tongue blabbing woman with bad makeup, they usually don’t show up as someone you shouldn’t vote for.

  • Friday

    “Our numbers may be declining, but our power will be increasing. Cause we’re, err, really populist fighters for democracy, ah…. Hold on.”

  • BillTheCat45

    NOPE. Sorry Benjamin, but the Tea Party was created because your stupid, mentally ill constituents hate black people.

  • Jeffg166

    Godot? Jesus? The Mahdi? Who, what, when, why?

  • hdtex

    Separated at birth?

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Waiting for a leader with a functioning brain, apparently.

  • lymis

    Somewhere, silently, patiently, the Whigs are gathering, just awaiting their chance……

  • Blobby

    it isn’t dead. It’s waiting……………… die.

  • Outlaw Woman

    OK, I can’t stand it anymore … please Ben, take some free appearance advice.

    Your outer quarter-inch eyebrows … shave them off entirely.
    The next quarter-inch in … thin and trim them a bit (warning, plucking may be involved!).

    Now your hairline … it is a bit too “hitlerish”.
    Go extreme!
    A number 1 blade shave on the sides.
    A number 3 buzz on the top.
    A little holding gel to sweep up the front bangs and volumize the rest.
    In fact, you could rock a little faux-hawk if you wanted.

    Sorry, I just couldn’t hold it in any longer.

  • Joseph Miceli

    “That is not dead, which can eternal lie….”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • Michael Hampton

    Goodbye Tea baggers. You were not fun.

  • anne marie in philly

    waiting for WHAT? godot? ronnie raygun to return from the dead? jeebus to return?

  • Duane Dimitrov

    This little Los Angeles-born-and-raised Middle American is definitely trying to be the next Bill Krystol.

    Which he hilariously thinks is a good idea.

  • 2patricius2

    Draco Malfoy warns that Lord Voldemort is alive and waiting to strike.

  • Roy Biv


    If the Tea Ps. were born in dissatisfaction of the intransigence of government, the best thing they can do is to get the heck out of government!

    And have some saner Republicans back.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Damien wants more sequels of the Omen. I can’t wait for the third installment (The Final Conflict), when he’s replaced by Sam Neill.

  • NMNative

    Great screen grab. Looks like the evil one himself.

  • grumpyoldman

    Is that Ben’s only picture or does he look like that all the time?? Someone somewhere put a straw hat on him for a “Children of the Corn” look – It was Little Green Footballs, I guess.