Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bachmann Bails On Tea Party Convention

With Michelle Bachmann joining Marsha Blackburn in pulling out of the Nashville Tea Party convention, I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time before Sarah Palin says thanks but no thanks, too. After all, Palin doesn’t want to associate herself with anything that carries that stench of merde and the Tea Party confab is increasingly becoming just such a beast:
"Bachmann's office cited the same concerns that other Tea Party activists have voiced about the first-of-its-kind national gathering: namely, the for-profit model of organizer Judson Phillips, a self-described 'small town lawyer' with a history of financial problems."

Ouch. Now that’s gotta hurt.

I’m not gloating here: these folks are absolutely right to withdraw from this event. Setting up a for-profit corporation with yourself as the benficiary for an event of this kind doesn’t just "smell scammy” it is scammy.

I do think it’s a little telling that a movement which began as a right-wing astroturf campaign would continue to have issues with exploitation of their movement. Kinda shows that the anger and emotions behind the Tea Party are real but as an organized movement it’s got a long way to go.

But I’m sure the Tea Party folks will get their act together eventually and all will be hunky dory.