It’s My Party And I’ll Cry if I Want To

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry if I Want To

Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,20 May 2014

The Snap:

We were going to try to write a post critically analyzing the primaries of this midterm election season and how the Tea Party may fare but researching expert opinions and heinous polling on the topic made us want to wake up with our heads stapled to the carpet. So we stopped and drank some wine instead and thought about the farce American political parties have become and how at this point in time, we’d like to replace the entire Congress with a group of kindergarteners or a really confident dog.

The Download:

If you listen to/read/watch the goings on of major media organizations or if you have the mixed privilege of living near Washington, D.C. it can seem as if all our country thinks about are midterm elections. Considering average voter turnout for midterms is around 40% means that is highly unlikely. So whether or not the Tea Partiers have a chance at knocking down establishment Republicans like Senate Minority Leader and Constipated Weasel, Mitch McConnell is a question most Americans will not be asking themselves.

More interesting questions regarding the Tea Party are who the hell are they, what do they want, and do they actually want to make America a better place. According to a UCONN professor, the modern day Tea Party was born in opposition to the election of the first African American president of the United States. Considering that 89% of Tea Partiers were white and 1% is black may seem to corroborate Professor Cobb’s opinion but let’s put that to the side before Herman Cain pops out with his 999 or 2 for 1 or 7-11 plans.

Asking what the Tea Party is in favor of actually becomes a list of things they hate: Department of Education, IRS, Department of Justice, butterflies, EPA, happiness, Barrack Obama, Affordable Care Act, school, Hillary Clinton, teachers, government regulations, puppies, social programs, inclusion, immigration, and America. Oh, they love their version of America but when it comes to the actual America and the one conceived by our Founding Fathers and Mothers, the Tea Party is a pack of haters, hating the game and the players.

So will the Tea Party continue its downward spiral and lose ground to establishment Republicans? Will Tea Partiers drive the GOP so far to the right that they lose all hope of winning a general election? Beats the crap out of us. At this stage in the game, we’re feeling more the vibe of James Carville and Mary Matalin in 2012; screw the Tea Party, Republican Party, and the Democratic Party. Let’s concentrate on the cocktail party.

 

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Hat Tips:

SlateThe Center for Voting and DemocracyNew York TimesTimeThe HillNPRCBS NewsPew Research CenterABC NewsPolitico, Image Credit: Flickr



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