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March 17, 2010

The Hardly Audible anti-HCR Noise Machine. (Or: The Week the Tea Party Became a Caricature of Itself)

Tea Party becomes a joke. (Captain) America in decline.

(Captain) America in decline.


Tea Party becomes a farce. Hitler meets the Cat in the Hat
Hitler meets The Cat in the Hat

(image 1 & 2: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. caption 1: Jim Griffin (L) of Fort Washington, Maryland, wears a Captain America costume while participating with several hundred others in a “CODE RED” rally in opposition to the health care reform bill on Capitol Hill March 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by The American Grass Roots Coalition and the Tea Party Express, the rally focused attention and opposition to the congressional Democrats’ efforts to push through a final vote on health care reform by the end of the week.)

  • DennisQ

    I thought the guy in the top pic was wearing the Cuban flag. Turns out it’s similar but the red white and blue colors are in different places.
    Cuban Flag

  • bystander

    Good eye, Dennis!

  • Rafael

    OK, so I heard about this “Impeach Obama” thing that has some of the Right riled up (after years of mocking calls for Bush’s impeachment on real charges of war crimes). But what is their charge? What crime has Obama done, besides not being white and Republican, that would lead to an impeachment?
    Do they even know what it is?

  • Rima

    Gawrsh…my head musta shrunk in the shower…!

  • jmac

    A grown man in a hood. Some things never change.

  • Julia Grey

    Makes his head look all…pointy.

  • Blue Shark

    The “baggers ” are certainly cartoonish if nothing else.

  • gmoke

    He’s a Kenyan-born Communist who is the wrong color to be President. Isn’t it obvious?

  • Apple

    The really creepy element to this photograph is that the people participating at the edges, not those in costume, look so damn ordinary, like people I see every day. I wonder if Beck or anyone else in Fox’s employ could incite them to violence against others. Oh, I forgot, it’s already been done. I think O’Reilly’s ideas found a home in the mind of a guy who went looking to kill “libruls” in church.

  • matt

    that’s captain awesome.

  • Rima

    Let’s hope the strap on his metal flag-holder gizmo doesn’t snap, or he could end up as Captain Soprano.

  • Rafael

    Oooh! OK then, impeach away! Or not.

  • tinwoman

    White guys in hoods, claiming patriotism. Yup. The tradition lives on.

  • Pat DiLorenzo

    What do you say about grown men and women who dress up like a flag or paint themselves red, white and blue? 

    Are they just attention seekers, deranged, or do they really think their tactics can change the mind of a rational observer?

    One thing is certain.  They look like a bunch of fruitcakes!  And they obviously vote! 

    So…………if fruitcakes are people, I guess corporations can be too.  And the rational people? 


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