News Roundup for 10/16/09

Teapartiers demand that teapartiers go back where they came from

-Headline of the day-
"Interloper tricks Tea Party audience into an anti-European immigrant chant of 'Columbus go home!'"

Because they aren't scattershot and unfocused enough as it is, teabaggers decided to have a big 50 city rally this weekend to protest illegal immigration. You probably didn't hear anything about it because no one cares. I think the media has finally figured out that these guys aren't exactly news. All you have to do is call for a rally protesting whatever-the-hell you're griping about and the teabaggers will show up, because they're against things.

A "concerned citizen from Minneapolis" named "Robert Erickson" seems to have figured it out too. And he used a rousing speech to demonstrate that, if you tell them to be against it, teabaggers will be against it -- no matter what the hell it is.

"Let's send these European immigrants back where they came from!" he urged a Minneapolis crowd. "I don't care if they are Polish, Irish, English, Italian, or Norwegian! European immigrants are responsible for the most violent and heinous crimes in the history of the world, including genocide and slavery! It's time to restore the sovereignty of people native to this land! I want more workplace raids, starting with the big banks downtown."

According to the report, "the crowd was in a frenzy and joined him in his chants of "Columbus go home!" and "Europeans out!'"

We're against things! Boo for white people like us! Teabags forever! w00t! (Think Progress)

-Maybe voodoo dolls or something-
In other teabagger news, people who are against things are dialing back the crazy, if not the stupid. The organizer of a Virginia tea party protest against -- oh, who knows... pick something -- has announced that he won't be burning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Dem Rep. Tom Perriello in effigy. Turns out the guy who owns the property the party will be held on vetoed the idea, mostly because it's a little insane.

"We will not be going forward with the plan," Nigel Coleman, chairman of the Danville Tea Party, told Greg Sargent. "We had to cancel it. The property owner won't allow us to do it. The media attention was something that he didn't want." Sargent describes Coleman as "crestfallen."

"Last week, Coleman defended the plan as reminiscent of the American Revolutionaries," Sargent writes, "a historical comparison that’s somewhat tenuous, given that the revolutionaries were rebelling against a monarch, while the Tea Partiers are protesting a plan created by a government that was elected by a sizable majority."

Boo for democracy! We're against things! Teabags forever! w00t! (Plum Line)

-And rounding out the teabagger trifecta-
CNN is reporting that the vast majority of Americans think Sarah Palin is too dumb to be president. According to the report, "Fewer than three in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin's qualified to be president, according to a new national poll -- the least of any of the five potential candidates included in the survey."

Big surprise; Republicans disagree with the mainstream, with most saying she isn't too dumb to be president. Still, even 44% of GOP voters said that, yeah, she's a little bit underqualified. The poll comes out the day before the release of Palin's book, Obama's a Commie, McCain Was Mean to Me, and Katie Couric's a Stinker: My American Journey, so there's that.

Teabags forev... Aw, screw it. (CNN)

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