Teabagging with Chuck DeVore and Bill Hunt in Laguna Hills Today

On the heels of last week’s national Tea Party convention, two of OC’s leading teabaggers are geting together to headline a Laguna Niguel protest in which most of the attendees got a federal tax cut this year.  State Rep. Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) who is running for the US Senate seat now held by Senator Barbara Boxer and OC Sheriff candidate Bill Hunt (making copies on county time and the county’s dime) will headline the event.

Chuck’s been getting a lot of press lately.  Thrice married Newt Gingrich did a shout out to Chuck supports at a forum in Irvine last week.  George Will, the oft-wrong columnist, suggested Chuck would win the GOP nomination for Senate and Chuck was a guest on the Glenn Beck show in Fox News, sitting there and nodding along to Beck’s “probing” questions.  Tweedledum and Tweedledee: you pick which one was which.

Meagan Barth, a leader of the local teabaggers (yes, I realize this term upsets them now that they know about the UrbanDictionary.com defintion, but these people continue to use the slur “Democrat” instead of “Democratic” so tough), is leading the charge.  She writes: “… having been involved with grassroots activists and the Tea Party Patriots since last February, I can vouch for a few things:  We don’t have a leader, we are not affiliated with the GOP, and “we the People” are just getting started…now, I need to go make my sign.”

Please do Meagan (and how’s that camapign for mayor of Irvine going?). And while Meagan might believe the Tea Party movement is “we the People” according to a poll on Fox News.com, 81 percent of respondents (as of Saturday morning) feel the Team Party movement is really something quite different.

Only 13 percent of the nearly 233,000 voting felt the Tea Party movement was about small government and fiscal responsibility.  Constrast this with 81 percent who believe the Tea Party movement is a “Fruitless mix of racism and conspiracy theories.” 

How bad is the image of Teabaggers?  When Captain America, who has a history of fighting America’s enemies, comes back from the dead to infiltrate a teabagger movement, in the Marvel Comics publication.

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From the story:

Issue 602 of the comic features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called “the Watchdogs”. Hoping to infiltrate the group, Captain America and his African-American sidekick The Falcon observe an anti-tax protest from a rooftop.  The protestors depicted are all white and carry signs adorned with slogans almost identical to those seen today in Tea Party rallies like “tea bag libs before they tea bag you” and “stop the socialists.”

It’s going to be hard for Bill Hunt to not be associated with racism and bigotry giving he had Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio come to OC for a fundraiser and posed for photos with Arpaio and Barbara Coe, the head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform.

DeVore honestly believes he is the Scott Brown of California.  And even if he manages to win the GOP nomination, Chuck simply doesn’t have the cash to compete with Boxer nor are his views in line with mainstream Californias, especially when his previous statements on the effect of gay marriage come out (fathers will marry daughters and mothers will marry sons for the tax breaks…remember that?).

So, by all means, make your teabagging signs and go.  Maybe Steve Choi will be there with a picture of President Obama as Hitler on his back instead of Pelosi as Stalin.

priceless

  25 comments for “Teabagging with Chuck DeVore and Bill Hunt in Laguna Hills Today

  1. RHackett
    February 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’m waiting to see if the claims of the crowds of these events versus the actual turnout is similar to the million person claim by Sean Hannity. Only to be discovered to be a about 100th that amount.

  2. junior
    February 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

    “Teabaggers” Dan? .. quite rude.

    • February 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Junior,

      We’ve gone over this before. The initiators of this bowel movement called the “Tea Party” initially promoted their participants as “Tea-Baggers.” Fox news was the primary culprit here, but major media across the nation picked up on it and the term is now widely recognized as referencing the Tea Party movement.

      It is kind of how the word “Gay” went from being happy and care free, to meaning homosexual.

      Bottom line, those who wish to follow this parade of folls will forever be tagged with the name.

      Tea-bagger, Teabagger, Teabagger.

      Oh no, I said it three times, like BeattleJuice they are now here.

      • February 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

        Junior,

        This photo, from this article, shows that it is not Dan who has promoted the Tea Bag identity.

  3. Aann
    February 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I really must laugh at this article. The author uses disparaging remarks and words e.g. teabaggers against tea party attendees as if he feels that his excuse gives him credence. If you want to be taken seriously, don’t try to denigrate citizens who disagree with you. Stick to the issues. You lost your own argument.

    • Howard be my name
      February 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      “The author uses disparaging remarks and words e.g. teabaggers”

      One year ago I was at an event (I know it was a year ago because it was an annual event and I was at this year’s event just last week) at which a Tea Party supporter referred to himself as a “tea bagger.” This was the commonly used term at the time. I told him he should not use that term and he asked why. I explained.

      Plainly this sort of scene took place many times in many places and eventually the Tea Baggers began to call themselves Tea Partiers.

      It’s not the fault of Chris or any other liberal that they had it hilariously wrong at first.

      • Dan Chmielewski
        February 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

        Kinda like the way all those anti-war protestors were called unAmerican by Hannity, Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

  4. Jo
    February 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Right on Aan, typical Saul Alinsky tactic. Some of the tea parties have been infiltrated by libs trying to make tea party people look bad. The tea party movement is scary to the left and progressives since it is not led by any one person, it is a real grass roots movement. These folks do not get paid to show up like ACORN or the SEIU, there are middle America and not part of the fringe.

  5. RHackett
    February 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    They chose something close to tea baggers–not any libs fault. They could have been the Lost Salads, Cincinatti Low Ties, Earl Necklaces, Plucky Pierres, or whatever.

  6. junior
    February 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Dan & Chris,

    No excuse for continued rudeness. You do not advance your arguement – you only antagonize – worthless – but I guess it makes you feel better.

    • Howard be my name
      February 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Junior, do you know how to read? The Tea Partiers themselves were using the phrase Tea Baggers for a long time.

      Obviously you *do* know the meaning of the word “antagonize” since you are a professional at doing it.

  7. junior
    February 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    “…these people continue to use the slur “Democrat” instead of “Democratic” so tough), is leading the charge.”

    Perhaps you should inform the Democratic Party that “Democrats” is a pejorative term.

    You can reach them at http://www.democrats.org

  8. junior
    February 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    dickwad be your name,

    Some Teapartiers were using that term – they have since ceased. You should as well, if you care to have civil discourse. You can tell that I have given up on you for civil discourse.

  9. Howard be my name
    February 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    You have given up on me for civil discourse? Junior, you have never used civil discourse with anyone on this blog. It’s hilarious that you even pretend to act as though you have been “civil.”

    • junior
      February 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

      Howard be thy name,

      I will admit that junior does have a bit of an “edge.”

      Uncivil – I don’t think so. Show me the uncivil posts you believe that I made, in context.

      • Jo
        February 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

        Liberals enjoy using Saul Alinsky tactics on others, however Americans have awaken and now as junior has done is using their tactics against them. Great work junior, you are making them uncomfortable. For the 8 years Bush was in ofice we heard how bad he was from the libs, now they are hearing how bad Obama’s ideology is from us, poor babies can’t take the heat. How ironic the tea party people are called crazy when most recently Amy Bishop, liberal professor killed 3 colleagues at U of A at Huntsville because of tenure issues. Another liberal professor at SUNYAB who engaged in faulty science, hired actors to help dispute the allegation brought by the university. William Fals-Stewart was acquitted and only when he sued for 4 million dollars did the NYS AG discover the hired actors and now Stewart is facing felony charges. People like Stewart and Al Gore give science a bad name when they use and abuse it to advance their own interests. I think Obama’s spread the wealth may have merit in helping to boost the economy if those who were affected needlessly by Al Gore’s lies sued him for monetary damage, that would put about 500 million back into circulation.

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