Stop Your Sobbing
Can we bubble-wrap the Tea Party? To protect its members from harm, I mean? They are exceedingly tender little blossoms. First there was iPhone-Nacht, and then this incident over the weekend in California, advertised under this screaming headline at Beck’s Blog o’ Bizzare:
Here’s the Tea Party “victim’s” description of the assault:
“He bum rushed across the street, came right at us, swung his bullhorn at me, hit me in the hand and then put his hand around my throat and started choking me,” Rodney Stanhope of Placerville said.
Video of that encounter from Beck’s site after the jump:
Beck’s site says:
The video doesn’t show the choking incident, but clearly shows the shoving. Because of it, Sacramento Police officers cited Andazola for battery.
The video not only “doesn’t show the choking incident,” it proves categorically that the Tea Partier making the charge, Rodney Stanhope of Placerville, is a bald-faced liar: The entire encounter is captured, from the Teamster’s approach until a cop rides his horse between the two men to separate them.
Yeah, the Teamster called the Tea Partier a fascist and shoved him hard—twice. And that was wrong. But there was no choking.
Hard-core conservatives used to fancy themselves tough guys and denigrate hippies as weak and girly. When did the conservative base become populated with such squealing little nancy-pants? I think there are two factors at play here:
1) The “Tea Party” moniker itself: Rather than inspiring adherents with the bravado of the Boston Harbor tea dumpers, the “Tea Party” evokes the mindset of preschool girls pretending to hold high teas with teddy bears and Raggedy Ann dolls.
2) Glenn Beck: He’s a wimpy, squishy crybaby whom the tough conservatives of old would have ground under the heels of their hobnail boots. His sobby, sniffly bedwetting ways are apparently contagious.
Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders have traveled forward in time from 1980 with a message for today’s conservatives: