19 March 2010

Weak tea

The end game is approaching for health-care reform, with a vote possible as early as this weekend. The tone on the right is agitated, furious, sometimes even threatening. So this week's much-touted teabagger protest rally in Washington, their last chance to deliver a strong message to Congress where it lives, should have been a major event, right? Well, maybe not:

The 10 a.m. Washignton, D.C. rally, though, wasn't quite on the scale of some earlier events. The communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Brad Woodhouse, emails that his count is 300 attendees. "I've been to birthday parties that drew more people," he emails.....An organizer, Jennifer Hulsey, pegged the number at closer to 2,000.....

(Found via Mario Piperni; more at Green Eagle.) 300 to 2,000 people, for a rally at this critical stage of the game, isn't much -- especially for a movement that turned out 70,000 last September (and claimed it was over a million). They got a few good cups out of that tea bag, but there's now so little juice left in the thing that it barely darkens the water.


Blogger Tim said...

Yeah the tea baggers were never known for their in depth smarts. Some had to take off their shoes to count how many were there. I think for the most part they will fade from being relative as they are being infiltrated by ones that want to prosper from it.

PS Nice blog

19 March, 2010 06:27  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

"That not tea---it pee!" To hell with every one of those teabaggers! Health care reform will be OURS, and we're gonna make 'em LIKE it!

19 March, 2010 08:49  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

I think it was their glorious leader Mark Williams, who was quoted as saying: I'm going to make a million out of this . . .

19 March, 2010 09:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Tim: Thanks. Yes, it does seem that the teabaggers were targetted by carpetbaggers (profiteers) in record time. Between Palin's famous convention speaking fee and the Republicans' efforts to co-opt the movement, it's not surprising that the meme is fading.

JJ: Well, I hope so. The current bill is like the beginning of the processes that led to Social Security and Medicare, and those are certainly popular today. From the violent rhetoric on some right-wing blogs at the moment, though, I suspect that some of them are on something a bit stronger than tea -- and things will get worse before they get better.

19 March, 2010 09:17  
Blogger tnlib said...

They may be on something stronger than tea but I think at the "heart" of the matter they are simply mean and vicious people. Hopefully incidences like the one in Columbus, Ohio will turn off a lot of people who might have been somewhat sympathetic to their cause in the beginning. We can always hope.

19 March, 2010 09:30  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

HE: I don't recall that remark, but it could be true, depending on whether he specified what he was expecting to make a million of. Maybe "I'm going to make a million fools out of these people".....

TNLib: Yes, that would disgust any decent person. I've been waiting to see if any of the right-wing bloggers I read now and then will denounce the behavior. Haven't seen any do so, so far.

19 March, 2010 09:50  
Blogger TomCat said...

This was the biggest failure of teabuggery to date.

19 March, 2010 12:59  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

All buggery and no tea, looks like.....

19 March, 2010 13:05  
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