Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Apparently right-wingers have called for the fainting couches because President Obama allegedly used the term “tea bagger” in reference to the Tea Party. At least, so claims Grover Norquist to the right-wing (and for-sale) Washington Times.

Yeah, how's that for some reliable sources for you?

Norquist supposedly got the information from an advance proof of Jonathan Alter’s new book which comes out later this month. Also, according to Norquist, “tea bagger” is now the equivalent of “the n word.” Seriously.

I have no idea whether Obama really used the term, and frankly I don’t give a damn. I just think it’s so interesting that we have a newspaper that’s for sale and a book that’s for sale and along comes someone manufacturing a controversy over something the president may or may not have said. Cozy.

The right wing loves to manufacture controversies, especially over things the President has said, the condiments he puts on his burgers, the clothing worn by his children. The left does this too, though I don’t think to the same degree, but then I’m biased.

All of which reminded me of last September’s “OMG he said jackass!” fauxtroversy, and this most excellent response. In other words, when you raise a fuss over stupid shit, you make the entire country look foolish.