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January 28, 2010

TEA PARTY CONVENTION CONTINUES TO UNRAVEL.... A week from Saturday, a right-wing outfit Tea Party Nation will host the first-ever National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn. It's becoming less and less clear whether attendees will have any leaders on hand to follow.

Over the last week or so, three far-right co-sponsors of the event -- the National Precinct Alliance, the American Liberty Alliance, and American Majority -- all pulled out.

Today, the event suffered a more serious blow, losing two right-wing House Republicans from the guest list.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has become the latest to pull out of a scheduled speaking gig at the controversial National Tea Party Convention next year.

Like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) earlier today, Bachmann's office cited concerns about the event's financial arrangements. Some Tea Partiers have accused the convention's organizer, Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, of seeking to profit from the confab.

The announcements bring the total of sitting lawmakers speaking at the event to zero.

Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is still scheduled to be the keynote speaker -- and pick up a reported $100,000 check -- but the confused former V.P. nominee is under pressure to drop out, too.

Of course, with the guest list shrinking, it's also possible that attendees will decide that the event isn't worth the trip, making this apparent fiasco that much more embarrassing.

In fairness, I should emphasize that the unraveling of the Tea Party Convention doesn't necessarily reflect an unraveling of the larger right-wing "movement" -- this has more to do with one poorly-planned debacle than the relative strength of the collection of unhinged activists.

Still, the convention was intended to be a key strategizing moment for the upcoming elections, and at this point, it seems to be imploding.

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What it means is a defeat for Conservative INC., and all the hacks and flunkies who tired to set up this "convention" to co-opt the movement and turn it into a wing of the GOP.

Posted by: Sean Scallon on January 28, 2010 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Caribou Barbie doesn't want to say no to the $100K check. Clearly that's where her honor & principles lie.

Posted by: kindness on January 28, 2010 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Without Bachmann the event isn't worth the trip. You can rent a clown like Palin almost anywhere, but you can't have a carnival sideshow without the Incredible Brainless But Still Talking (and Talking, and Talking) Woman.

Posted by: Tim H on January 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

As long as there's a gig go to and a check to go to it, Sarah will be there. No one is going to come between her and a hundred large.

Posted by: Steve on January 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

Are reservations being canceled?
I heard it was a sellout.
Cheap T shirts to sell could be a collector's item.
What saith Fox?

Posted by: apeman on January 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK


I've never understood why people who believe greed is good and the engine of the economy are shocked when one of their own tries to rip them off; it would be unprincipled of him not to.

Posted by: john sherman on January 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

I heard Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito will speak at the event as well...

Posted by: Ohioan on January 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, Al; you still going? (that's my personal barometer - if Al is willing to forego the genital-tingling thrill of listening to the iconic 1.5-term former Governess's recital, not to mention the AWESOME tailgate parties featuring 1700 kinds of tea, I know the event is dodo dead)

Posted by: Mark on January 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

You bet your sweet ass I'm still going, Mark.

Posted by: Al on January 28, 2010 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Tim H@ 2:48; I'm glad I didn't read your comment before I started typing mine, or I would have been so jellified with snickering that I'd have been the finger equivalent of incoherent.

Posted by: Mark on January 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

'Baggers have came a long way from when they actually pored their bags out into the water...

Posted by: elmo on January 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

So someone is seeking a profit from this event? Aren't profits the central motivator and sole purpose of our being?

Posted by: jb on January 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Al - hey, everybody; it's still on!

Posted by: Mark on January 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

"Some Tea Partiers have accused the convention's organizer, Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, of seeking to profit from the confab."

Now, just wait a sec here. Isn't "profit maximization" the heart of the Capitalist, Free Market Economy? Isn't the profit motive the guiding light by which goods and services are allocated and the public good assured?

Maybe the teabaggers think it's wrong to make a profit. Maybe they want the event to be provided for, or at least have tickets priced according to the ability of the conventioneers to pay . After all, it's the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to PROTEST SOCIALISM!

Posted by: eeyore on January 28, 2010 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

A good wet Tee shirt party might draw much more attention. Wet tea bag? Not so much.

Posted by: anonymous on January 28, 2010 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

That last comment should have said "Maybe they want the event to be provided for free."

Posted by: eeyore on January 28, 2010 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think anyone expected the event to be free, and some admission charge would have to be present to break even. However, ticket prices are sufficiently high that it's difficult to imagine them not making a substantial profit, and I believe Tea Party Nation is supposed to be a non-profit.

Either TPN is making money, or they're paying their keynote speaker more than speculation suggests. In which case she would be profiting, and I've never seen "non-profit" and "Sarah Palin" even used in the same sentence. After all, Real Murkins ain't ashamed to say they like profit.

Posted by: Mark on January 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

I love it. Once again this shows that mobs are what they are---and organization's not their strong suit.

Posted by: Farsider on January 28, 2010 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Apologies for the OT, but...
Is everyone else seeing the "RubioMoneyBomb.com" ad on top of the PA main page?
Assuming that WaMo / PA get paid per click, and not per actual signup once on their site, nor a cut of $ given, wouldn't it be helpful if everyone who supports this site made sure that "RubioMoneyBomb" paid our friends here as much as possible to ensure that we saw their important and timely message?
As kos, atrios, and others are, I believe, fond of saying, "Reward good behavior..." Especially when that behavior consists of ensuring that those of us who frequent sites like this get as much exposure as possible to ideas from the far side of the spectrum, ideas we might not otherwise consider if we don't regularly check in with Fox, FreeRepublic, etcetc
Just a thought. Again, apologies for the OT

Posted by: smartalek on January 28, 2010 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

To tea bag, or not to tea bag,… that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th'oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of dispriz'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th'unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action….. and the ability to convention.
(thanks to Shakespeare)
Hamlet Act 3, scene 1, 55-87


Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 28, 2010 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Still, the convention was intended to be a key strategizing moment for the upcoming elections, and at this point, it seems to be imploding.

Who, exactly, was supposed to be the brains behind any strategy? Bachmann? Palin?

Neither of them can even spell strategizing. Palin can't even pronounce words with 3 or more syllables.

Posted by: Winkandanod on January 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

As long as she can see an English professor's house from hers, she's a grammar major. Don't hate.

Posted by: Mark on January 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

"In fairness, I should emphasize that the unraveling of the Tea Party Convention doesn't necessarily reflect an unraveling of the larger right-wing "movement" "

What the hell have these goons done to deserve such even-handedness? Hang this failure around the Teabag movement's neck until the unraveling of the movement appears to be true. Screw 'em.

Posted by: labradog on January 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

What happens if you have a convention of Authoritarian followers and no leaders show up?

We may be about to find out.

The collapse of the Nashville teaparty convention is certainly a blow to the organized libertarian/right-wing anarchist/cash-farmed suckers movement.

Who will be there to relieve them of their excess money? More to the point, with no leaders in hand, what will the excuse for relieving the suckers of their cash be?

Posted by: Rick B on January 28, 2010 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

Convention or not, the people aren't done making their voices heard! Tax day is coming, Wall St. need to have the riot act read to them, the FED MUST END! Authoritarian followers? I don't know what thats all about rick

Posted by: JTWilliams on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 AM | PERMALINK

JTWilliams: you've brought up populist complaints that would be good for common cause with responsible teapartiers. Too bad their leaders are mostly frauds and they're mostly clueless.

Posted by: Neil B on January 29, 2010 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

Can you believe this story?

I had to share this with everyone.

(NewsCore)

A WOMAN'S breast implants have saved her life after she was caught in the line of fire and shot at point-blank range with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

The Sun reports Lydia Carranza's silicone implants took the force of the blow and prevented bullet fragments from reaching her vital organs.

The dental receptionist was at work in Beverly Hills, Calif., when a gunman burst in and opened fire.

He first shot dead his wife before turning the gun on Carranza, who was sitting a few feet away.

Surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami said: "She's just one lucky woman.

"The bullet fragments were millimeters from her heart and her vital organs. Had she not had the implant, she might not be alive today."

Carranza's implants took her from a B to a D-cup.

Alleged gunman Jaime Paredes was charged with murder.

Posted by: SweelsSnulk on March 12, 2010 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Debt Relief on November 1, 2010 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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