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Where’s my foot? I need to shoot it.

Aaaahhhh . . . Just looking at this thing depresses me so much I’ve not the energy to search up a proper link. Happily Paul Krugman did.


(via Krugman h/t Digby)

And he sits in the US Congress

We do have some odd ones in this new Congressional class. The son of one of our more illustrious VP’s, Dan Quayle, is one of them – of the new guys that is; I really don’t know what he stands for. But never mind, a legacy name is a legacy name and he knew Ronald Reagan, so the young one got a nice op-ed spot at Politico this weekend.

Now, everyone is not a writer. Fine. Nor are all writers mature; indeed not everyone is mature. But we do hope that those who govern us can produce something beyond the sappy sentiments of a sixth grader. Digby at Hullabaloo says “This, by the way, is the reason why America wasn’t supposed to have an aristocracy”.

Sayeth the young Quayle.

“When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House.

I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony . . . “


For decades, April 15 has inspired passion among the don’t-tread-on-me crowd. So for today’s Tea Party, it’s a defining day. They’re gathering in Freedom Plaza (where the hell is that?) in D.C. to make their voices heard. And we can be sure they will be heard, because if there are more than a few dozen and they have cool signs, our fearless cable media will be there with cameras tightly focused so that a few thousand look like a real crowd.

Seems a good time to review the ‘founding document’, compiled by interested observers and named “The Pledge”. It’s a platform if you will. A platform for the Tea Party in the form of an oath.

UPDATE: Digby at Hullabaloo, one of the savviest of bloggers and a founding liberal voice in the blogshpere, has read her way through the latest NY Times/CBS News poll (so you don’t have to). From her post:

They are extremely negative and angry. And they really, really hate Barack Obama.

. . . Regardless of your overall opinion, do you think the views of the people in the tea party movement generally reflect the views of most Americans? 84% of the self-identified teabaggers said yes. (In fact, 25% of the general public agrees with the view of  the tea party movement). 78% of them said they hadn’t donated or attended a rally. 68% haven’t even visited a web site.

Where are they getting their information? 63% of them get their TV news from FOX. 53% believe that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are news shows.

UPDATE II:  A great observation from Digby (I do like the way this woman thinks): I was pretty stunned to see that over half the public [not just the Tea Party] believes Obama is moving the country toward socialism. I’m beginning to think he might as well do it.