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Sep 29 2010

Matt Taibbi on the Tea Party

From the Rolling Stone of October 15, 2010.

It’s taken three trips to Kentucky, but I’m finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you’d expect: at a Sarah Palin rally.

Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters.

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.

This, then, is the future of the Republican Party: Angry white voters hovering over their cash-stuffed mattresses with their kerosene lanterns, peering through the blinds at the oncoming hordes of suburban soccer moms they’ve mistaken for death-panel bureaucrats bent on exterminating anyone who isn’t an illegal alien or a Kenyan anti-colonialist.

You should read the whole thing.

2 comments

  1. 1
    hampers

    “…every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters…” It only shows that health is deteriorating as time passes by. a serious matter that needs to be well attended.

  2. 2
    Krista

    The whole scenario is somewhat “scary”. I wonder what’s the latest and why mention the “white” voters? Sounds racist? Just curious.

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