There’s a PD story today on just how primordially primitive Jon Husted’s Pavlovian teabagging of the Tea Party has been on its face, and how “angry” this all has made our good friends in the Tea Party (whatever the fuck that is).

Chris Littleton, president of the Ohio Liberty Council, said Husted’s overtures to the Tea Party are all propaganda that would make him laugh if he weren?t so angry. He said Husted declined to attend many candidate forums put on by Tea Party groups and similar organizations.

The reporter, Joe Guillen, even goes on to quote head Cleveland teabagger himself, Ralph King, who has become the PD’s teabagger in chief, apparently.? You can almost hear Ralph’s lips quiver in anticipation of the opportunity to teabag his? colonial garb festooned lips onto the low hanging fruit of the daily towne crier olde worldy gazzette.

“The only relation Jon Husted would have with the Tea Party is if he would have been driving the British ship into Boston Harbor,” said Ralph King, who runs the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots. “Jon Husted has shown an open hatred and contempt for the Tea Parties.”

Then Guillen spends the entire article making it seem as if the only reason that teabaggers are upset that Jon Husted claims to be one of them is because of government spending.

Only reason.? Government.? Spending.

Guillen apparently hasn’t looked at Ralph King’s website for more than 2 seconds, because if he did, Guillen would conclude that something else might be making teabaggers “fume” over Jon Husted. What could that other reason be?? Hmmm…….you know, like maybe the fact that Husted is the one Republican in Ohio who supported gay rights to any degree discernable to the human eye, to the point of nearly getting gay endorsements when it appeared Husted would face gay-baiter Jennifer Garrison.

That wouldn’t be making teabaggers fume, no, no no, not at all.? Teabagger “fuming” at Jon Husted is ALL about “big government”, and “spending”, about which not one single peep emerged, for 8 solid years of George W. Bush and Bob Taft, not one peep from Ralph King, or Chris Littleton or any single teabagger puckered up and wrapped around Bush’s big spending scrotum for a decade.? No, no no, none of this AT ALL is EVER about gays, or blacks, or hate…..that’s messy to get into all that,……no sir.? This rage, or “fume,” is not about a SIGNLE thing except “spending.”

My.? Ass. Over to you, Frank Rich.

Most Americans who don?t like Obama or the health care bill are not racists. It may be a closer call among Tea Partiers, of whom only 1 percent are black,?according to last week?s much dissected Times/CBS News poll. That?same survey found that 52 percent of Tea Party followers feel ?too much? has been made of the problems facing black people ? nearly twice the national average. And that?s just those who admit to it. Whatever their number, those who are threatened and enraged by the new Obama order are volatile. Conservative politicians are taking a walk on the wild side by coddling and encouraging them, whatever the short-term political gain.

The temperature is higher now than it was a month ago. It?s not happenstance that officials from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Virginia and Mississippi have argued,?as one said this month, that the Confederate Army had been ?fighting for the same things that people in the Tea Party are fighting for.? Obama opposition increasingly comes wrapped in the racial code that McDonnell revived in endorsing Confederate History Month. The state attorneys general who are invoking states? rights in their lawsuits to nullify the federal health care law are transparently pushing the same old hot buttons.

Normally, I’d be upset that a reporter was this myopic, lazy, or just plain stupid.? But I actually kind of like the fact that the media, by being this blind to what’s sitting right in front of them, is letting the Ohio Republican Party think they are not actually playing with a volatile stew about to explode in their faces.? Because this hydroglycerine, over which the Republican Party this minute stands with a lit match, is their base. Stan Greenberg says it well here.

The author of the 1993 DLC report, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, sees almost no relationship between the Perot movement and today’s tea party activism. Nor does he believe there is much mystery to the true allegiance of the tea party movement. Its members are, he believes, the base of the Republican Party by another name.

Perot voters, he argued, were consciously breaking with the two parties. The tea party activists are not. “While the tea party people seem very critical of the party, they are very embracing of the party,” he said. “They want to shape and define the Republican Party.”

To Ohio Republicans….as we like to say here…….all your base are belong to you. Yay.? <—– see that?? That’s me doing a jig of unrestrained glee.? It does not appear that the media will alert you of the point at which these people in period garb will destroy your entire political party.? No, you’ve done a fine job of making people like Joe Guillen utterly subservient to your spin.? So subservient, he now succumbs to it when deployed by teabaggers, against Republicans.

Folks, what we are observing is a major political party being eaten alive by itself.? Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch o’ guys.? What a fun year this is going to be.

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