Maybe He’ll Run A Third Time?

Alaskastan’s not favorite son, Joe Miller has lost his bid to become their OTHER senator to former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

The Tea Party’s Miller lost to Sullivan 32% to 40%, and will not be facing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Miller, a long-time protégé of Sarah Palin previously lost to a write-in campaign for incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Condolences to Alaska’s part-time governor and full-tim grifter Mooselini in small bills. A grifter still’s gotta grift.

Sounds Like a Plan

Mooselini salutes her fans.

Mooselini salutes her fans.

“We don’t want the GOP to pursue a ‘socialism-lite’ agenda. We want them to go on the warpath and do whatever it takes to stop the destruction of our constitutional Republic. It has become increasingly clear that the GOP leadership will do everything in its power to prevent the party from being influenced in any way by the Tea Party. I have given up on the GOP and am simply not sure it can ever be reformed.”

“We would also need a stable of respected national conservative leaders such as Sarah Palin and others to lead the charge on such an effort…

Steve Baldwin, a conservative activist and former California State assemblyman, writing in BarbWire.

Yes, Steve. Please do this. Please.

The Morning Quote – Your Monster is Loose Edition

Weepy McDrunky

Said Boehner:

“Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election.”

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

That’s right, the Impeachment of the Kenyan Usurper is a leftist plot. Which is why we keep hearing about it from the Teabaggers, GOP representatives in Congress (just look at Bachmann and her ilk), and various Wingnuttian media outlets and fever swamps.

I’ll Get The Change Of Address Cards

The Klan Goes To Church

The Klan Goes To Church

Breaking news: 63% of Mississippi isn’t totally racist!

A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the Mississippi primary runoff election between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) said they would back the Confederate side if there was another Civil War.

So more than one third of Mississippians would betray the country? They’re so patriotic.

When Farce Turns To Tragedy

teabagging for jeebus“Politics beyone the pale”

ATLANTA — Mark Mayfield, a respected lawyer and tea party operative in Mississippi, has died after being accused of taking part in an unseemly, Watergate-like conspiracy to undermine long-time Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign.

No foul play is suspected around the self-inflicted gunshot wound, local police said. Mr. Mayfield left a note behind, but authorities have not released it.

One does not become a leader of the Tea Party without being a Drama Queen; they specialize in bombastic rhetoric designed to inflame, the slightest deviation from their rock-ribbed orthodoxy is cause for hysteria, renunciation, and ultimately apostasy; burn the witch time. That a hysterical Teabagger from Dixie should decide to kill himself seems, well, predictable.

These are not sturdy, sober members of our society.

Breaking into a nursing home to document that your political target’s wife is a long-term patient to use against him is a terrible thing to do. And so is killing yourself. You should have stayed alive to face the consequences. I’m not making light that someone is dead, but I also refuse to feel bad that he decided it was his best option. My condolances to his family who do not deserve this.

That said, killing yourself is NOT an indictment on anyone else, including your political opponent. This is not politics beyond the pale, this is narcissism run amok.

Breaking and entering to take a picture of someone against their will is not a capital crime, and now that you’ve made yourself the victim by killing yourself doesn’t make the charges against you unfair. Congratulations, Drama Queen: you rat-f***ed yourself.

please, Please, PLEASE

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The Mississippi Teabaggers are urging failed senatorial candidate Chris McDaniel noted bad logistician and famous friend of Neo-Confederate Secessionists everywhere, to run as a write-in candidate. I want to watch him lose a second time, so this is a great idea.

Also/Too: the Teabaggers are threatening to splinter off from the rest of the GOP, which would be a dream come true.

Remember: there is no Tea Party, it is just the Republicans as Fox rebranded them, to run away from the Reign of Error that was Chimpy McStagger.

(Raw Story)

The Best Prediction for Future Performance…

teabagging for jeebus

…is past performance. Meet Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), the Tea Party congressman who is running against Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be House majority leader, and see what an awesome future the GOP-led Congress has if he wins:

“For three weeks I’ve tried to broker a deal to prevent what happened today,” [convention chairman Labrador] told Idaho Public Television on Saturday.

During the convention, the entire delegation from Bannock County was unseated, leading to chaos, according to the Idaho State Journal. Attempts were underway to remove the delegates for two additional counties due to disagreements between establishment and Tea Party Republicans when Labrador brought the convention to a close.

State Sen. Chuck Winder blamed the chaos on Tea Partiers and libertarians.

“It was basically the ultra-, ultra-conservative, tea party-libertarian type people basically flexing their muscle in the way the thing was organized,” he told the Spokesman-Review. “It’s a real shame that a convention comes to that stage, where there really wasn’t any real floor leadership, there wasn’t any fairness in the process, either in the credentials committee or on the floor. It was all pre-determined. It’s kind of ‘who’s going to have the power,’ rather than working together.”

Catholics and Calvinists and Libertarians, Oh My!

Ayn Rand economist and dime Store Ezekiel David Brat gets the Digby Treatment, who makes the case that he is something new:

A closer look at Brat’s rhetoric reveals a man who is not very populist beyond [being against corporate welfare]. He’s a typical libertarian (albeit with a theological twist). And so along with his commitment to end corporate welfare, one would presumably need to take the bitter with the sweet. He thinks it’s unfair that people pay less into Medicare and Social Security than they take out so these programs have to be slashed or eliminated. He believes that Obamacare should be scrapped along with employer-based insurance so that people will buy their own health policies, which will (he doesn’t say how) eliminate the problem of preexisting condition exclusions. He thinks education funding should be drastically cut. He believes that if the country is rich enough it will solve the climate crisis — because rich countries always solve their problems…

“Theocratic libertariansim” may be the scariest sounding philosophy I’ve come across. Holy hell…

Meanwhile, over at Religion Dispatches, Julie Ingersoll goes in for the deeper look:

Brat calls himself a “Calvinist (in theory not practice)” by which he likely means that while he is a practicing Catholic, it is the Calvinist tradition that shapes his view of the world. This means at least two things: first, that there is no aspect of life outside the realm of religion, and second, that human beings left to their own devices are inherently sinful (what Calvinists refer to as Total Depravity)…

This is the model in which care for the poor is the responsibility of the family and the church and any government safety net is labelled “socialism.” It is the model in which education is the sole responsibility of families, leading to the goal of eliminating public education and any state regulation of private education and home schooling. At the very heart of this version of Calvinism is the goal of bringing all areas of life “under the Lordship of Christ.”

Mr. Brat sounds like a genuine crank of the highest order: a Randian Theocrat, and how you square those two things without each destroying the other remains a mystery. The dour Calvinism I suspect is the bridge.