Saturday, April 11, 2009

Quote of the Week


"What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don't feel part of the culture at all. But the only word for that is: tantrum. These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It's a function of a movement's intellectual collapse and a party's fast-accelerating nervous breakdown."

-- Andrew Sullivan

(h/t Cesca)

15 comments:

Chris said...

It's amazing how into it they are though. I'm in Houston and they've utterly bought into the whole "liberals will be the end of it all" scenario.
My colleague is off to San Antonio to see Glenn Beck this week. When I heard that, I could only respond "Okay...." and leave the room. How do you deal with folks like that?
But there is a complete disconnect from reality, this is a guy who home schools his kids as he doesn't hold with this new-fangled evolution theory. Yet he works in the oil business, where the entire industry is based on interpretation and extraction of hydrocarbons from rocks millions of years old. He sees no contradiction there.

VOTAR said...

I don't know who Andrew Sullivan is, but as a lover of the English language, I must say, that is a beautifully constructed quote.

Michael Todd Thorpe said...

Nothing but spoiled children who've found out they can't have their way. They need to be sent to bed without their dinner!

Benoit from Ottawa said...

It's faith or intelligence, isn't it? The first not only limits the second, but also warps it. And once ensconced in a faith...

Sad. You'd think some would at least give the new broom a chance. I wonder if they can actually recognise and admit the grave damage done to America by the previous, double administration.

B8ovin said...

Seriously Andrew? It took this tea baggery to show you the inane infantile core of neo-conservatism? Please explain to me the difference between this latest tantrum and the entirety of the Republican presidential race, from convention through rallies?

What was the Iraq invasion if not a great horrifying tantrum based on the ragged remnants of H.W. Bush's presidency kicking and holding their breath while squealing, "But I WANNA get Saddam!"

The far right reactionary wing of the party has NO message other than, "Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, et. al. are scary evil." The FOX noise is their state broadcaster, and its audience their critical thinking bereft servants. They offer nothing and demand everything, particularly unquestioning loyalty, punishing dissent with, well, invective filled nonsensical tantrums.

Speaking of evolution, Chris, the neo-conservative movement is a natural evolutionary dead end branch on the political Tree of Life and they know it.

kanye said...

"What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don't feel part of the culture at all."

The irony is of course, that sentence accurately describes Andrew Sullivan's own behavior during the Clinton presidency. The latter part of Bush II's presidency as well.

I kind of feel bad for Sully, unable to see the obvious: that this behavior is neither accidental nor unexpected, but instead the inevitable outcome of his beloved "Reagan-Thatcher" brand of mythical conservatism.

Of course, there's always the chance he's just in this for the paycheck. Nah...that never happens.

Alex said...

Just noticed a big sign in the front yard of a home on the way to my work that I thought was pretty funny.

"End Slavery, Abolish the IRS"

strangely enough the people who live there have a 2008 Ford F150 and a 2009 Honda Eclipse. Not entirely relevant but I'd like to think if you can afford brand new vehicles you'd be able to cover your taxes just fine here (in Wisconsin).

Anonymous said...

Wait, wait, wait... For eight years we were told that questioning the sitting President was un-American. Now it's patriotic? I'm confused...

Jacqueline said...

Could somebody please explain to me the origin of this tea bagging thing? I want to punch it into Google, but at the same time, that's definitely not a good idea.

I realize that neo-cons are using the phrase as a bit of a rallying cry, but I can't imagine what the term could possibly mean.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I must comment here. I LOVE reading your blog. I appreciate most of your observations. I am not a "conservative". GWB and his policies nearly killed me.

Yet, I find myself questioning the wisdom of the gross spending on the part of our governement. Doesn't that worry you?

Anonymous said...

for B8ovin...

Not to speak for Sullivan, but I don't think he'd argue with the connection you rightly make between the insane and strident McCain/Palin race and these nuts...he's on the record opposing Palin as part of the "intellectual breakdown" of the party.

Though I strongly oppose many of his positions (on flat tax, etc), he is at times socially and intellectually progressive.

We on the left need more conservatives like him, who are willing to take on members of his own party and engage in discourse with the rest of us.

Robo said...

Can we just reflect on the fact that the slogan they chose to use is a slang term for putting someone's scrotum in your mouth?

I mean you can't make this kind of shit up with these people....

B8ovin said...

For anonymous (great pseudonym):

I'm reacting more to his sense that this latest grass roots (roots in this case being poison ivy)insanity-con can be described as a "tantrum" when this noun could have been used at any point in the last eight years. It's a minor point. I like Sullivan. I read his blog on occasion. He seems like a social libertarian and a fiscal conservative, though I found his inane defense of his faith on Bill Mahr's show to be ironic.

Narbe said...

Sullivan nails it perfectly. These people (tea-bagger party) are idiots. They have no idea what they're protesting, insult the actual heroes of the original tea party, and don't appear to know the secondary meaning of that term.

BonnieBelle said...

I live in North Texas, and have seen signs hanging from the overpasses around here "Tea Party, April 15th" and can't help laughing. I mean, really? I'd tell them to grow up, but I'm afraid they wouldn't understand plain English.