I’ve found two quotes in the blogosphere, and they basically summarize my view of the Tea Party, Rand, and the GOP.
I don’t know who came up the first, but I found versions of it at both Dispatches from the Culture Wars and at DAMMIT JANET!:
A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate that holds a dozen cookies. The CEO grabs 11 cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.”
I’m pretty sure that the other one comes from someone named John Rogers, writing at the blog Kung Fu Monkey:
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
As pretty much everyone knows by now, the United States had a general election yesterday. The Republican Party took the House of Representatives, but the Democrats retain the Senate, but with a smaller majority.
I don’t think the Republicans will really accomplish much of anything. They do not control the Senate and there is Obama’s veto power, so no significant agenda will be advanced. Basically, the likeliest results is basically a lot of keeping things the way they are. The GOP is not going to make a serious attempt at cutting government spending because they have no plans to do so. Their rhetoric on the matter is hollow because they always exempt the biggest financial black holes on the US budget. It’s easy to simply be against the government when out of power, but now that they control the purse strings they’ll have to do something. Nor do I think they will fail to increase the US’s debt ceiling. They might talk a lot about doing it but when the time comes to govern they’ll increase the ceiling rather than cause a default.
Several extremist Tea Party candidates lost. I’m especially glad that Christine O’Donnell lost. She and other lunatics probably kept the Senate in Democratic hands. It looks as if Sarah Palin’s chances of being the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 went down a bit, if she is serious about running. Her own chosen candidate could lose in her own state.
In other news, California unfortunately failed to legalize marijuana and Iowa had its pro–marriage equality judges thrown out. But at least California moved closer to getting rid of gerrymandering.
A poll that delves into the workings of the Tea Party movement has been released by the University of Washington. It attempts to distinguish between the core of the TP, and those who are more moderate in their views of it.
- They are very hostile to immigrants.
- They don’t have much sympathy with African–Americans.
- They hate marriage equality.
This in part shows why the TP’s claim of wanting a “small government” is such a fraud and is anything but libertarian. They only care about taxes and spending, but can’t get enough of government when it comes to snooping in people’s sex lives. This is especially stunning in how they are against giving same–sex couples the tax benefits of marriage, which is equivalent to not cutting their taxes. I thought the TP hated taxes! I guess it must not be the case for people they dislike.