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Tea Party Brewing?

Monday, February 08, 2010

The first Tea Party convention was held in Nashville this weekend. Glenn Reynolds professor of law at the University of Tennessee and the man behind Instapundit, was covering the event for PJTV. Plus, Lorraine Scanni, co-founder of the Staten Island Tea Party, discusses the movement's local efforts.

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Glenn Reynolds and Lorraine Scanni

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Comments [102]

pordy from Florham Park, NJ

I applaud Brian for letting the Staten Island Tea Party spokesperson drown herself, without getting tough on her. If the likes of her and Palin are their spokesperson, I'm not that worried...

Feb. 09 2010 11:44 AM
Gabriel from NYC

As a contributing member of WNYC I hope the moderators of this page take note of the dissatisfaction with the quality of questions being asked of these guests.

Feb. 08 2010 06:44 PM
lo down

I don't think Mr. Lehrer needed to slam Lorraine with facts and figures in order to demonstrate that her opinions are uninformed and lacking thoughtfulness. The little silences after she made an absurd statement were enough comment. You cannot attack people like this and come off the winner--they will accuse you of being a bully or twisting their words, etc. What they enjoy doing is fighting and yelling. Don't give them an opportunity to be aggrieved and they have very little to actually say.

Feb. 08 2010 06:42 PM
Bidget Kelly from Bronx

Just curious.
Mr.Reynolds does not like what Mr.Obama is doing, correct?
Yet he was at the end talking about a Republican running for office and the compared him to Obama.
So this is where I am confused, if nothing the President does is any good why the comparison?
I do hope I made some sense with this questions and look forward to someone answering.

Feb. 08 2010 05:34 PM
dan

the "tea party" movement is a front for the Klan -- basically racists who can't stand to have a president who is not like them. sorry but look at the crowd -- white old people.

Feb. 08 2010 02:54 PM
JK from Midtown

i think mr lehrer deserves the benefit of the doubt and some respect. hes a master of letting guests he doesnt agree with to talk talk talk until they make a fool of themselves. look at all the responses to this segment. brian's technique obviously worked to show how stupid his guests today were.

and for that, kudos brian!

Feb. 08 2010 01:41 PM
Michael Allen from Brooklyn

If you read through the 94 comments above you will find an common and repeated thread: The guests are uninformed and as a result inconsistent in their Tea Partier opinions("completely clueless" "nebulous garbage")and as usual Brian was as usual "dropping the ball" with his completely softball enabling questions.
This does not really reveal such guests and their opinions for what they are, particularly to the guests themselves who no doubt felt great about their opportunity to express this stuff to large numbers of nyc residents. If Mr. Lehrer cannot do a lot better, he should be replaced by someone who can. As is often the case, listening to his show is an exercise in listener frustration.

Feb. 08 2010 11:11 AM
Michael from New York City

Mr. Lehrer, I'm really disappointed by that segment. Lorraine made several completely false statements and you just let them slide. Are you afraid of being called "liberal" because you dare to point out the facts?

Feb. 08 2010 10:59 AM
Jeffrey from nyc-manhattan

This may be a bit off subject, but it's astounding (and not a little galling) that the Tea Partiers are getting so much press, while Obama's standing-in-the-klieglights give-and-take w/the Congressional Republicans last week has garnered so sadly little (I had to be up before dawn to catch it, by chance, on uber-liberal WBAI this morning). This is the real deal, the truth, a naked look at both sides in the critical debate on healthcare (which, it reveals, is really not a debate but a game in which those working for some kind of progress must waste their energy dodging the bullets of distraction from those whose only interest is regaining control of the reins of government).

Feb. 08 2010 10:54 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The “Tea Party” is basically the Republicans Party’s shock troops of last 30 years. Anti- woman right to choose, anti-immigration, huge tax cuts for the few. Now the praetorian guards of the Republican Party want to their moment in the sun.

Feb. 08 2010 10:46 AM
D from NYC

Come on, people! This was nothing more than a glorified fund-raiser. Does the so-called press ever give more than a few seconds (if that) airtime to a fund-raiser?? I mean, barely 1,000 people showed up!!
Or is this simply more Crony-ism???

Feb. 08 2010 10:39 AM
BrettG from Astoria

Prof Reynolds was right on on the the Obama Admin's bank problems [ Summers, Geithner, Bernanke, etc.].

As to the Bush tax cuts 2001 & 2003 - the point is that the bulk of the benefits were transferred to the highest income group. What benefits were given to the middle & lower classes were illusory as they didn't protect against cost inflation & property taxi +similar effects of the various bubbles since 1980 Reaganomics.

Feb. 08 2010 10:37 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

79 dj from NJ, Brian is playing softball, give the lunatics a chance.

Feb. 08 2010 10:36 AM
Chris Brown from Brooklyn

I wish Tea Baggers would just have the guts to say they don't like programs that help non-white urban people. They have no problem with billions in tax cut for rich or billions for defense contractors. They are cowards for not just saying they don't like black or hispanic people.

Feb. 08 2010 10:35 AM
hjs from 11211

why are these people always talking about returning to constitution. what's unconstitutional about the government?

Feb. 08 2010 10:35 AM
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Feb. 08 2010 10:34 AM
Jay from Norwalk, CT

The tea party is a meandering illogical group of angry conservatives. And Sarah Palin is a demagogue - not a patriot.

Feb. 08 2010 10:34 AM
Erica P. from NJ

Why does Lehrer need to press these people? It's patently obvious to most listeners (judging by the comments here) that the more he lets them babble their inanity the higher they hoist their petards and hang themselves out to dry.

Feb. 08 2010 10:34 AM
Ed from East Village

When the states rights thing came up and Brian had no response, it just reminded me that if he were a "person of color" that comment probably wouldn't have passed by without comment from the host. Sad.

Feb. 08 2010 10:33 AM
Robots Need To Party from NYC

If the Tea Party just runs Republicans as candidates how is this any sort of alternative movement? The GOP exists already. Is this just the rebranding of the GOP?

Feb. 08 2010 10:32 AM
Mk from Manhattan

Lorraine Scanni isn't answering the questions. What does she mean the tax cuts helped the middle class. I am paying more taxes than Bill Gates! The middle class are supporting this country. I think this movement doesn't know what they support. She really doesn't know what she stands for - limited government? Tell that to the Republicans when they vote to give corporations wellfare.

Feb. 08 2010 10:32 AM
Jay from Norwalk, CT

There is defiantly a power vacuum in the rep party- hence the dominance of Palin, Beck etc. It seems like the Rep. strategy is to do nothing (in congress), sit back and watch the Dems take the fall for the bad economy. If they were actually taking part in governing then they would be blamed for the bad economy too. They would never risk midterm elections for actually governing.

Feb. 08 2010 10:31 AM
Vince from brooklyn

Q: What are you going to do next?
A: Be forgotten.

Feb. 08 2010 10:31 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Peter from Brooklyn, they love that decision, because the money for their operations is coming from the corporate state. They get to travel around the country and enjoy screaming and so on.

Feb. 08 2010 10:31 AM
dj from NJ

Brian - your guest, Lorraine shouldn't have been so hard on caller "Bob." He asked a question based on what his perception was of the Tea Party - which is what you encouraged callers to do. She should not have brushed off his question as "uninformed;" she should have informed us! That's what I thought that the segment was about.

Feb. 08 2010 10:30 AM
John from Staten Island

I agree with the caller who discussed where was no protest for the wealthy tax cuts. Also there are a fair number of the SI Tea Party membership/protestors who are collecting their civil service pensions and don't care about other citizens who need protection from government. Tort Reform is a weak argument, give us details

Feb. 08 2010 10:29 AM
rachel from brooklyn

there is a model for a hands off government, a place where citizens must fend for themselves for basic social services and the government is simply a military force. This is called the THIRD WORLD- and this is what these people want...

Feb. 08 2010 10:29 AM
Amy from Manhattan

2 q's.: Could Ms. Stanni explain her "the starfish & the spider" comment? I have no idea what she was referring to.

And when Palin said she was giving her fee back to "the movement," what does that mean? Who will the money actually go to, & whom are they accountable to?

Feb. 08 2010 10:29 AM
Ed from East Village

How rich is Lorraine? What a joke.

Feb. 08 2010 10:29 AM
Chris Brown from Brooklyn

Can't you sum up Tea Party gripe as 'real', middle, red state, white America being forced to pay taxes for socialist programs in liberal coastal urban areas? Race is clearly part of their grievance.

Feb. 08 2010 10:29 AM
Bob from Pelham

Ms. Scanni is all for states rights, except she wants state regulation of health insurance abolished and state tort laws overridden? Seems a little inconsistent (or not well thought out).
Also, please ask her if she really thinks the NYS legislature is capable of running anything.

Feb. 08 2010 10:28 AM
Kammy from Park Slope, Brooklyn

The spokespeople you currently have on the show, speaking to/representing the Tea Party rationale, objectives, imperatives, are chock-full of mind-blowing contradictions. I'm having a hard time following their philosophy. (Did the woman from Staten Island actually say that she is opposed to reaching across the aisle if no progress can be made that way? Isn't it a primary complaint from this party that the Obama admin is opposed to listening to opposition on the issues?)

The only common thread within this party seems to be frustration and anger. We're all angry and frustrated, but these irrational emotions should not drive political party formation! They should find more effective ways to communicate their concerns to those in power; not pose as people ready to take the reigns themselves.

Feb. 08 2010 10:28 AM
JK from Midtown

did he say only white people in their 40s can afford to go to these things and thats why everyone there was white?!?!

Feb. 08 2010 10:28 AM
Lee from brooklyn

Please ask them what they are actually for? What do they propose happen with large number of uninsured and marginally insured? I just heard "Tort reform" and interstate portability referenced, please follow up that answer. IT IS NOT ENOUGH!

Ask her to explain these political concepts and their impact. Bet she can't. I have not heard anyone ever make the math add up.

Feb. 08 2010 10:28 AM
lucy from manhattan

I'm with J (42)...start asking some tough questions Brian, or I tuning into the BBC on-line.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
carolita from manhattan

to your guest -- yes, it's both -- it's the rich fat cat republicans riding the backs of the rednecks.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
cwebba from Astoria

The Teabaggers of 2010 are essentially the same philosophical children of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s.

Shine a strong light on them and they will shrivel and die.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
Michael from New York City

Mr. Lehrer, c'mon, please: That's absolutely not true that the Bush tax cuts helped the middle class. Under Bush, the rich got richer and the middle class stagnated. Everybody knows that. The stats are readily available, have an intern search that up and ask Lorraine about it. Please don't let that lie stand on your show.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
JK from Midtown

rednecks and fatcats... first accurate thing your guest has said all morning!

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
Nick from NYC

Brian,

With all due respect, you need to press your guests harder on the facts.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

These rabble rousers should be shut down! They do not have any good ideas to offer except let's go to war! All they do is insult the President and the current administration oblivious to the last 8 years which they have decided to excuse.

WHO is still listening to Sarah Palin anyway? Ignorant all of'em!

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
john from office

As a Republican, I am embarrassed by the Palins and tea party movement. It is anti intellectual and I long for the Jean Kilpatricks of this world. Bring back Reagan.

The origin of the Conservative movement was on the west and east Coast, the tea party movement is an internal, populous movement.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
Bill from staten island

The republican tea party are just loud bitter republicans.
They are organized by Fox News, and the GOP is just going to assimilate them.
There is no difference between republican tea party and the GOP.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

The Bush tax cuts were for the highest income brackets (i.e. the rich) ONLY! There were no tax cuts for the middle class -- that was the point! Brian, why didn't you have your facts on this and point that out. So this clueless tea party lady gets to repeat yet another point that obfuscates the entire discussion.

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
Mike

Should people shovel the snow off their own streets instead of paying taxes?

Feb. 08 2010 10:27 AM
Mark from NYC

She's really rocking the 1-2 word answers here...how about some detail???

Feb. 08 2010 10:26 AM
Mireille Liong from brooklyn, NY

Is she for or against rolling back the taxes. Their arguments don't make sense if she is avoiding the questions or is against rolling back the taxes for the rich.

Feb. 08 2010 10:25 AM
JK from Midtown

i dont get it... they keep saying they arent republicans... but their policies are the same! HUH?

Feb. 08 2010 10:25 AM
Ed from East Village

She's for state rights. Doesn't that mean anything to anyone!!!

Feb. 08 2010 10:24 AM
Mireille Liong from brooklyn, NY

She is pointing out but why doesn't she answer the question.

Feb. 08 2010 10:24 AM
hjs from 11211

lorraine said it! obama should stop reaching out to the GOP in congress….

Feb. 08 2010 10:24 AM
Brian

Just this morning there was a report that big banks are withholding contributions to dems and are being actively courted by and giving money to the Republican campaign committee, precisely because the latter is against democratic bank regulation proposals.

Feb. 08 2010 10:24 AM
Jean Freely from NYC

Sarah Palin was considered a fool and a laughing stock a year ago. Why is this woman getting all this attention? It's unfathomable to me.

Feb. 08 2010 10:23 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

I'd like to know what "Tea Party" activists think about the Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited campaign spending by corporations.

Feb. 08 2010 10:23 AM
Rob from The Bronx

Come on! Who ever said that staying home was a protest is being disingenuous. If you stay home how do I know the reason, for all I know you could have had a bad case of gas. There is no mistaking what the Tea party movement stands for or perhaps I should say are against and that is because they are out there protesting and voicing there issues. I may be against their position but at least I know what there position is. If that were true under Bush then they should have been out there then as they are now.

Feb. 08 2010 10:23 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

So “The Tea Party” wants see this country to devolve into 50 separate states all doing what ever. And the federal government having us taxed to death to finance global wars.

Feb. 08 2010 10:23 AM
Turn off FOX, then talk from

No. The "GOP Protest Vote" would have taken place not in 06 or 08 but in the reelection of 2004. Not voting in 06 and 08 was the "We Give Up" vote.

As a responsible, thinking person, and Obama voter, I would have happily joined the Tea Party in 2003, 2004 -- anytime.

But the timing of its actual formation (or should I say Fox's anointment of it) makes thinking liberals obviously distrustful that the Tea Party is a movement rather than another group of mean and cynical people who watch too much Fox TV.

Feb. 08 2010 10:22 AM
JT from Long Island

According to a NYT article today Wall Street is threatening to fund GOP candidates if Obama continues his attacks. So their point about the being in bed with the dems is not true:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/us/politics/08lobby.html

Feb. 08 2010 10:22 AM
Nick from crown heights

outside of 'fiscal conservatism' I'm amazed that Lorraine hasn't brought up a single policy point, nor has she enumerated a single idea about how to achieve it. This is why nobody takes these people seriously, they have no actual ideas.

Feb. 08 2010 10:22 AM
Robots Need To Party from NYC

The speaker Loraine is absolutely clueless. She doesn't have a clue.

Feb. 08 2010 10:22 AM
J

Signing off. The more I listen to these people's nebulous garbage go unchallenged, the less I want to hear about them. Giving this fringe a platform is just stupid. I will stop tuning in to WNYC as long as they abet such idiocy.

Feb. 08 2010 10:22 AM
Nick from NYC

Questions for the Tea Party-ers:

1) Is Social Security a good program? Would they advocate preserving it, or would they cut people's benefits? If so, what alternate mechanism do they propose to take care of older Americans?

2) Since they want to "shrink government", what alternate mechanisms do they propose to ensure product safety, oversee bank regulation, etc?

Feb. 08 2010 10:21 AM
JB from Westchester

Amen Gene #33.

Feb. 08 2010 10:21 AM
Dorothy from Chelsea

Whenever anyone says they oppose any health care reform, I want to know what kind of health insurance they (and their family) have NOW. I have a sneaky suspicion that many of them (like my right wing uncle who opposes any kind of government involvement in health care) have Medicare.

Feb. 08 2010 10:20 AM
Bruce B from NYC

This groups new found regard for fiscal conservatism is inspiring. So where where they when the former administration was giving a blank check to companies like Haliburton and Blackwater - never complaining about a lack of oversight by the Govt that for 6 years ran all three branches

Feb. 08 2010 10:20 AM
Chris Brown from Brooklyn

I don't see the Tea Party as upset about fiscal irresponsibility, if not full out corruption, in the Department of Defense. Why not go after waste in defense contracting with as much zeal as how they go after welfare mothers?

Feb. 08 2010 10:19 AM
RLewis from bowery

How does one state protect it's water, air, roads, etc. from being poluted by surrounding states? Should it be every state for themselves?

Feb. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Carey from Jersey

We are all for a government that is more accountable, transparent, and basically not as corrupt as our current system.
But why can't the tea party focus on how to accomplish lower taxes, a smaller federal government, and more accountability from our state representative, instead of lining Palin's pockets?

Feb. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Allen from minnesota

Will the TEA party talk about reproductive responsibility, so that people only have the children they can afford.
And ancillary to that, we restructure tax benefits so that breeders aren't supported in wanton breeding.

Feb. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Gene

Most of these people railing against health care for others seem to be able to afford their activism and Florida trips because they're on Medicare/Medicaid.

Feb. 08 2010 10:18 AM
Don from Manhattan

Is the Tea Party likely to be a third party or become part of the Republican Party?

A commentator on a Sunday show said if the Tea Party movement is a movement -- not a party -- that's good news for Republicans because it can be party of the Republican Party.

If it's a third party, the commentator said, that's trouble for the Republicans.

From your guests' perspectives, which is it?

Feb. 08 2010 10:18 AM
JK from Midtown

AHAHHAHAHA this guy is delirious! repubs didnt lose in 06 and 08 because repubs stayed home! they lost because they did a terrible job!

Feb. 08 2010 10:17 AM
Pope Jon from Vatican’s basement in Hackensack

Tea party energy policy. How can you be for drilling for more oil when we don’t own our oil. If we could drill 100% of our oil, it’s still not our oil, Exxon, Shell and so on own the oil. We’d have to nationalize the oil to keep it as our oil. Isn’t that socialism?

Feb. 08 2010 10:17 AM
eCAHNomics

Suspect that Palin is donating speaking fee back. If that's what she is actually doing, why didn't she just waive the fee?

Feb. 08 2010 10:17 AM
Michael from New York City

I would like to you to ask a two-part question.

1. Do you feel George Bush was a good president?

2. If yes, why don't you mind that he was given a budget surplus and left office with a staggering deficit, creating the largest bureaucracy in US government history and violating American citizens' right to privacy with illegal wiretapping?
If no, what did you do to protest Bush's economic performance?

Feb. 08 2010 10:16 AM
Aaron Whitby from Brooklyn

Can we stop the pretence that the 'Tea Party Movement' (sic) is in any way separate from the Republican Party. Some of the 'followers' may have this illusion, although I'd put money on what their voting record would show, but the reality is that the people who both organize and attend vote republican almost exclusively.

Feb. 08 2010 10:16 AM
Rachel from Sunset Park, Brooklyn

What is the tea partiers solution to healthcare?

Feb. 08 2010 10:15 AM
Mike

100K will almost cover one of her shopping sprees. ACtually, only about a third of it.

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Brian, you are dropping the ball. You are not asking,” show me the money?” What matters is not some nonsense about limited to no government, no taxes, and may be good old fashion anarchism. Where is the money?

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Sara

eCAHNomics, my sentiments exactly. Unless I am terribly misinformed, the Tea Party movement is not large, just loud. And for some reason, receiving more than their fair share of press and media. I am guessing that there are MANY more Americans with progressive views than their are adherents to the Tea Party.

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
JB from Westchester

Question: Is this about States rights vs. Federal rights? Is that the basis of the objection to Health Care?

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Jean Freely from NYC

There is no election season now. The media is giving much too much attention to this "movement"-- and by giving it all this attention it gives it more importance, credence, credibility and ultimately power than it should have.

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Mark from Hudson County

I listened to Sarah Palin's keynote speech on Saturday night. One of her themes was "fiscal responsiblity" and the size of the Federal deficit. Since she called for a reduction in taxes, what specific Federal programs does the Tea Part seek to reduce in order to bring deficits in line?

Feb. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Mike

Obama, are you listening? Did you hear those 30 people booing?

Feb. 08 2010 10:13 AM
eCAHNomics

What is this business against "for profit?" Aren't conservatives in favor of substituting profits for taxes? Isn't profiting wherever possible part of tea party core philosophy?

Feb. 08 2010 10:13 AM
JT from Long Island

The tea party movement makes it very easy for republican candidates. Just go to a few rallies and speak against Obama, Wall Street, etc. Then watch the donations role in, win the election and don't worry about delivering. Just stick to the talking points and candidates have it made. You can even reverse your position and they don't seem to care (i.e McCain on almost everything.)

Feb. 08 2010 10:13 AM
Jon from Astoria

Really sick of hearing the Tea Partiers refer to themselves as "Patriots". Patriot is a term like "Saint" or "Savior"- it can't be used to describe oneself.

Feb. 08 2010 10:13 AM
RLewis from bowery

Do Teabaggers have a stance on either a woman's right to chose or domestic partner preference rights?

Feb. 08 2010 10:12 AM
JK from Midtown

is fox reporting 1.8 million attendees to this joke?

can you ask your guests what their feelings are about bush/cheney and the 8 years they ran office? and how come they didnt say ANYTHING about that? what is the REAL reason for this anger at obama?

Feb. 08 2010 10:12 AM
Mike

Palin can't even count as high as the deficit.

Who do they think is supposed to pay for anything? Taxes is how the government gets money. Are they going to cut defense spending? Who's going to fix the infrastructure? Who's going to pay the police?

Cutting taxes is a joke. That's a big reason we're in the mess we're in right now.

Feb. 08 2010 10:12 AM
John from Bergen County NJ

Are Tea party-ers really conservative.
I think they want their entitlements they just do not want others to have entitlements.
Are Tea party-ers want NO military? We spend billions with a capital B on military.
I think more libertarians than conservatives.

Feb. 08 2010 10:11 AM
eCAHNomics

600 people & Sarah Palin. That's quite a movement.

Anyone remember the million man march, the hundreds of thousands that showed up to protest the wars?

Feb. 08 2010 10:09 AM
Chris Baratta from UWS

Can we talk about Sarah Palin's "notes" on her hand?

Was it the most amateur moment in American politics? I certainly think so.

Feb. 08 2010 10:08 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Dose any body know who is financing “ The Tea party?” Events, convention, demonstration.

Feb. 08 2010 10:08 AM
Ed from Brooklyn

Thanks for the heads up. I can change what I'm listening too. These people are repugnant and disingenuous. Nothing but selfish children having a temper tantrum.

Feb. 08 2010 10:06 AM
J

Please talk about how she had to read her talking points of her hand. Giving these nutcases legitimacy by covering them without a hint of scrutiny is starting to drive me crazy.

Feb. 08 2010 10:04 AM
Robert Atwood from Rutherford NJ

The Tea party Movement is a cauldron of rage being stoked by Republican Conservative operatives for political advantage. The only thing I hear from them is they are furious and blame Obama for it, often with unreasonable accusations. They have no viability as a Third party: they show no grasp of the actual political, economic and environmental challenges America faces. They have no viable policy suggestions, and the things they do seem to want (like eliminate the deficit and lower taxes immediately) are incoherent. I look forward to this show in the hopes of learning something to prove my assessment is incorrect.

Feb. 08 2010 10:04 AM
hjs from 11211

is there a tea party movement? or just a bunch of grumpy old boomers whining about a variety of troubles?

Feb. 08 2010 09:59 AM
Ron from NYC

Come on! There's an excellent chance that Ms. Palin will be the first VP/or Presidential candidate to do a Playboy centerfold. Give her the chance.

Feb. 08 2010 08:58 AM
Peg

The Tea Partiers appear to act like the dimwit citizens in the movie "Idiocracy." Only an idiot would give 'Palen the Quitter' any credibility. Last year Palen's family collected over $25,000 from Alaska's SOCIALIST distribution of oil revenues to state residents. Besides - she collected $100,000 to speak to idiots who would shell out $500 to listen to her. Guess that's why they need their tax breaks - so they can give it to "poor" Sarah.

Feb. 08 2010 06:41 AM
seth

When will Mr Reynolds borrow a page from William F Buckley and tell the birthers they are not welcome in the tea party movement just as Buckley told the John Birchers that they weren’t welcome in the conservative movement?

When will the tea party movement outgrow its infatuation with Sarah Palin? She talks like Clint Eastwood, but acts like George Costanza. Palin puts herself forward as a potential prez candidate but didn’t even have the guts to finish out her term as governor because ethics investigations were too tough for her to endure. Obama is GOVERNING, while Palin is busy lining her pockets.

Feb. 08 2010 01:54 AM
annoyed taxpayer from queens

sarah palin is the female "W".

Feb. 08 2010 12:20 AM

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