Posted by: Rick | Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Wrath of the Teabagger

A bit of unsolicited advice for Boehner, McConnell and Steele:

I’d say there’s a fifty-fifty chance that some crazy ass tea partier with Republican ties is going to engage in some serious violence in the coming months.  Many of them are too angry and too well-armed to just sit home and make phone calls.  And their leaders — Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin — are stupid, irresponsible and greedy.

The Republican high command had better get out front on this issue.  To be sure, reining in their base might very well cause them some short-term pain this summer, but if things go really, really bad out there — and they haven’t done anything. . .

UPDATE: Here’s John Boehner at a press conference today:

“I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening.  But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable.  That’s not the American way.  We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change.  Call your Congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard – but let’s do it the right way.”

Not good enough.  According to Quinnipiac, 74% of tea partiers are Republicans or lean Republican.  And any number of prominent GOP politicians (starting with John McCain’s ex-running mate) are joined at the hip with the tea party movement.

If a true believing teabagger decides it’s time to go Travis Bickle on the Democrats, somebody very high up in the Republican Party better be on record as having had a serious sit-down with the movement’s leaders — including Sarah Palin.

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