Tea Party Declares America Dead By Suicide

By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

Still reeling from the unprecedented hits of last week’s national election, Tea Partiers have become particularly irrational. In Lebanon Ohio, local tea party officials called for a “counter-revolution” even as they mourned the death of America.  Texas Republican official, Peter Morrison, has publicly asked for an “amicable divorce”  of  godfearin’ GOP’ers from the “maggots” (his words) who voted for Obama. Morrison, who also has a job screening textbooks for the great state of Texas,  is particularly incensed at Asian-Americans and Hispanics who voted for Obama, accusing them of voting on an “ethnic basis.” Perhaps the greatest case of kettle blacking in recent memory.

Not to be outdone in battleground state of Ohio, Cincinnati Tea Party leaders may have earned the “Most Creative Fool” award by publishing the obituary  above, and offering this studied prediction:
We will be a socialist nation within months. However, a revolution is rising and all those elected officials that are blind to what they have done to this country should be encouraged to become enlightened, should be encouraged to step down and should not be reelected.
Like that of quintessential American, Mark Twain, reports of  the nation’s death may have been greatly exaggerated. After all, timeshare mogul, David Seigel, who once threatened mass layoffs to his workers if Obama won (here), reversed course and actually gave them a 5%  wage increase across the board. Donald Trump deleted his wacky twitter call for revolution and even House Speaker John Boehner has signaled his willingness to compromise work (here) with the President to avert a fiscal crisis.
So perhaps the Tea Party-types have the message right but the wrong corpse. Perhaps the words of that lawyer-turned-metaphysical poet, John Donne, are cautioning the  ill-wishing mulligrubs of our age:

Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

78 thoughts on “Tea Party Declares America Dead By Suicide”

  1. Romney lost because he embraced the radical tea party side of what used to be called the Republican Party. I spoke to an official of a suburban Chicago GOP office and he told me he voted for Obama because Romney and Ryan’s plans were too harsh and he could not vote for such radical ideas.

  2. I read somewhere that a few years ago Ted Kennedy gave Paul Begala a proven road map for beating Romney. Track down ex-Bain employees and let their stories of Romney’s disregard for labor undo his ambitions for public office. In 2012 Begala did just that and those commercials worked wonders for Obama.

  3. Bron,

    You might want to consider how badly Romney lost MA before talking about how “good he has done” in the past. Being a vulture capitalist is also not a positive qualification for someone who is supposed to help build an economy instead of dismantle one. Also consider that every other statement out of his mouth is a lie and that he has all the ethical backbone of a windsock.

    I’m no Obama fan. I count him as bad as Bush. But Romney? There is no way in Hell that man should be allowed anywhere near the Office of the President based on his qualifications. A man’s pocketbook is a poor measure of the man. Always has been. Always will be. The word “fortune” means both “luck” and “wealth” for a reason. Whether or not the luck comes from hard work or not is irrelevant. The world is full of hard working people who live in poverty.

    Mitt is lucky. He’s not good.

  4. Romney most qualified? I doubt it. It’s just that Obama was the most unqualified candidate to ever run for president

  5. Bush couldn’t get NAFTA or GATT passed. A Democrat won, so Bush was limited to one term and Clinton won. Clinton twisted the right arms and got NAFTA and GATT and welfare reform and a few other things that tptb wanted but that a R couldn’t have delivered.

    deja vue.

    So Obama won. Now we can watch the dismantling of the social safety net without the screaming that would have occurred if Romney had won and made it happen. We know that and would have screamed loudly. But when the “good” guy does it, well, guess it must have been necessary. Do you really think the Republicans accidentally picked such losers? Do you really think that Rove did such a lousy job that he didn’t have a single winner? Or is it just a tiny bit possible that he was 100% successful?

    I’m not entirely sure, but I’m cynic enough to watch for signs that the fix is in and we’re screwed.

  6. Bron,

    I don’t see how making a ton of money in private equity/vulture capitalism serves as a presidential qualification. Yes, he served as governor of Massachusetts–and lost this state by more more than 20%. That’s not a ringing endorsement from the voters of Massachusetts.

  7. OS:

    Yes, JP Morgan and Andrew Carnegie are a good case in point. But finance is a part of business and thankfully there are men and women who are good at it.

  8. Mike Spindell:

    can you honestly say had Romney won there would be no beating of chests on the left and wailing about the end of women’s rights and the president from the 1%?

    1. “can you honestly say had Romney won there would be no beating of chests on the left and wailing about the end of women’s rights and the president from the 1%?”

      Bron,

      that’s exactly why he lost.

  9. Bron,
    With all the paper qualifications, Romney should have done better. But he was not really a businessman as much as a financier. There is a world of difference between a man who is skilled at moving money around and one who knows how to work with managers and foremen on a production line, then getting the product to market.

  10. Elaine:

    A law degree, a masters degree in business both from Harvard. Huge success in the private sector. A governor.

    Tell me who has more qualifications?

    Ok maybe a bit of hyperbole but Romney is pretty experienced and he has done a good job with most of what he has done.

  11. What is it with overdramatic rhetoric? Are we so stupid as a nation that we can be won over by this crap? Don’t answer that. You know, when I hear that “Rome Fell” or “Greece Defaulted” or stuff like that, I always ask, “OK, so a person who is home that day, when their country falls, do they just dematerialize or do they have to actually die and get their body buried and all?”

  12. Elaine M:

    ““He is probably the most qualified man to run for president in the last 70 years…”

    Really? How did you determine that?

    ****************************

    Well, Romney did sort of preside over his own mini-country by fathering five boys.

  13. Grover Norquist: Obama Won Because He Called Romney A ‘Poopy Head’
    The Huffington Post
    By Luke Johnson
    Posted: 11/12/2012
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/grover-norquist_n_2116219.html

    Excerpt:
    Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans For Tax Reform, has a new theory about why President Barack Obama won — he portrayed Mitt Romney as a “poopy head.”

    “The president was committed; elected on the basis that he was not Romney and Romney was a poopy head and you should vote against Romney and he won by two points,” Norquist said on CBS’ “This Morning” Monday. “But he didn’t make the case that we should have higher taxes and higher spending, he kind of sounded like the opposite.”

    Host Norah O’Donnell pushed back. “Well, I’m not sure that’s what the president called Mitt Romney, Grover,” she said. “That’s not the debate that was had … he said very clearly throughout the debate that the wealthiest Americans should pay more and he won eight of the nine battleground states and Republicans failed to reclaim the White House or the Senate.”

  14. Bron,

    “He is probably the most qualified man to run for president in the last 70 years…”

    Really? How did you determine that?

  15. Smom:

    In hindsight I wish I would have voted for Gary Johnson. I never really warmed up to Mitt and I cant understand why. He seems like a nice guy, he has a nice wife and his children seem to be decent. He is successful and gives money to charity and seems to help his fellow man. He seems to be a good husband and father.

    He is probably the most qualified man to run for president in the last 70 years yet I had little enthusiasm to vote for him. It was more of an against Obama vote than a pro Romney vote. I just couldnt relate to him as a human being and I cannot figure it out for the life of me.

    It might be that I worked with a Mormon and lived in an apartment with a couple of Mormon families for about 2 years. They were nice enough but you could tell they werent going to be your friend unless you were one of them. Or at least that was my impression.

  16. Bron, Here’s some numbers on the third party candidates: Gary Johnson .98% Jill Stein .35%, other .30 %. All combined did not get to 2 %.

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