You’re not helping!

posted at 4:25 pm on April 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

There’s more than one reason to keep the Tea Party protests from getting co-opted by the Republican Party. First, some of the Republicans in Congress deserve the ire of protesters, having frittered away the majority by spending like Democrats between 2001-6. Matt Mackowiak provides another reason. Just when we’d had enough of snickering “teabag” references, along comes a Republican consultant to draw an analogy between these peaceful political protests and a fictional group of domestic terrorists (via Dave Weigel):

The Tax Day Tea Party can be viewed through the prism of two divergent analogies.

Regular Americans can relate to the nationalistic story of Sam Adams, Paul Revere and others in the Sons of Liberty dressed as American Indians in a nighttime shipboard raid to dump British tea into Boston Harbor.

But there’s another analogy.

The coming revolution is akin to “Fight Club,” the 1999 film that follows the struggles of day to day life for a regular guy who starts an underground fight club as radical and not terribly productive psychotherapy.

As Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, says in the movie, “Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.”

Er … thanks, Matt.  Maybe Matt hasn’t actually watched Fight Club, but Project Mayhem was a terrorist plot to blow up several high-rise buildings containing all of the credit and banking information in the world.  It was a plot to take the world economy back to absolute zero, so that we could have different winners and losers in the future.

Don’t we have enough problems with the DHS equating criticism on economic policy with potential terrorism without our own side making the same argument in our defense?


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The Tea Parties should be non-partisan, especially when the RNC continues to support pieces of absolute dog crap like the absolutely worthless Arlen Specter.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Why give this turd any more visibility through HA?

PBoilermaker on April 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Wow, just wow.

Will folks just realize that Americans are tired of this crap?

Americans. It is not a hard word to say, but apparently a hard one to live up to!

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Fight Club is overrated.

YoungAmerican on April 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

So is Rick Santelli Meat Loaf?

battleoflepanto1571 on April 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

PB – I think he wants to make sure we see it for what it is.

It is a dang shame that Reality needs a boost to keep it Reality.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I don’t get the Fight Club analogy. Not one bit. It seems pretty stupid, to me.

progressoverpeace on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

The Tea Parties should be non-partisan, especially when the RNC continues to support pieces of absolute dog crap like the absolutely worthless Arlen Specter.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

I was at the Philly Tea Party and the mention of Specter’s name got more boos than anything else.

progressoverpeace on April 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM

BINGO!

There’s more than one reason to keep the Tea Party protests from getting co-opted by the Republican Party.

And that is why I am not participating in these when radio show hosts show up and make it a circus of/by/and for the GOP when it is anything but. One of my GOP senators sucks big time and was one of W’s biggest fans and merrily sold out our country time and time again. Help me understand why I’d want to be in a crowd with a bunch of his supporters?

gatorboy on April 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Isn’t Fight Club that gay movie with the pink bar of soap? Why yes it is.

Hurricanes on April 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Chris Matthews has b-tch tits.

Doughboy on April 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

I just witnessed lefty infiltration…. In the first few minutes of Cavuto, someone got their sign in the shot, which showed a photo of Hannity with an arrow pointing towards his mouth, and the words “insert tea bag here”.

RightWinged on April 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Lamest analogy evah!

Disturb the Universe on April 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

You do realize that Bush left office months ago?

There were no anti-Reagan signs or anti-Carter signs there either, I would guess.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:37 PM

One of my GOP senators sucks big time and was one of W’s biggest fans and merrily sold out our country time and time again. Help me understand why I’d want to be in a crowd with a bunch of his supporters?

gatorboy on April 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

For God’s sake, man, name names! Isn’t the whole purpose of our being here on HotAir to shame these career bootlickers into doing the right thing?

gryphon202 on April 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

New requirement for “non-partisan” activities: must feature Bush hatred in events not even remotely related to Bush.

Gotcha.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 15, 2009 at 4:39 PM

NoDonkey

Don’t be dense.

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Tea Parties are not a Republican or democrat partisan activity…all Americans are affected by the economy.
Some of the left will resist it, but they will benifit from the fruits of the rights labor, and their fellow men who can set aside partisan for one day and protest something that affects us all.
Now, so long I am on my way to my “party”, in Wilmington, NC.

right2bright on April 15, 2009 at 4:41 PM

R2B – enjoy

The second party here in Lafayette, IN starts in an hour. It should be interesting. The local paper and TV have been fairly even-handed about it.

Thankfully. At least we don’t have to contend with an obnoxious reporter from CNN!

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Show up at these events today and guaranteed you’ll see signs such as:

Spector is a loser
Saxby Sux
Snow has been snowed
Collins needs a real job
Mel can go to he!!
McCain is lame
Grahamnesty

/sarc

gatorboy on April 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Fight Club is overrated.

YoungAmerican on April 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Fight club is a leftist movie; not a right movie. People don’t quite get the argument Durden is making.

lorien1973 on April 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

gatorboy

Like I said, lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs.

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

First Rule of Tea Party:

Comb your Mullet

Second Rule of Tea Party:

Sneer

Third Rule of Tea Party:

Use a dictionary when making your signs, don’t want the libruls to think that we’re dumm

capitulus on April 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

capitulus on April 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Still answering that “Do you think I’m stupid?” question.

lorien1973 on April 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Hey Ed, when are you going to point out that the DHS put out a report on the threat of “left-wing extremists” as well, and that both it and the report on “right-wing extremists” were started during the Bush administration, clearly debunking yours and Michelle’s claim that the Obama administration put a hit out on conservatives?

underceij on April 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

The GOP be tone deaf? Never!

hawksruleva on April 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Fight Club depicts a man’s journey from beta to alpha.

Allah, are you paying attention?

WisCon on April 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

underceij on April 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Done; and it doesn’t debunk it. It clarifies the hit job actually. Find the post yourself, it shouldn’t be beyond your abilities.

lorien1973 on April 15, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Slightly OT: The original book Fight Club decries mainstream corporate-driven culture. By making a movie of it, it became a gigantic facepalm.

Still entertaining, though.

MadisonConservative on April 15, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

You do realize that Bush left office months ago?

There were no anti-Reagan signs or anti-Carter signs there either, I would guess.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I’m working on my anti-Millard Fillmore sign now!

hawksruleva on April 15, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Here come the trolls, responding like cockroaches to stale crumbs. They fear any opposition to bigger government, but the only thing they have available to pull from their argument bag is ridicule.

When you can’t argue with facts, just pound the table.

OhioCoastie on April 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The tea parties will be painted as partisan because criticizing anything about the Obamamessiah Administration makes you a racist, poor people hating, conservative. Get used to it.

Speedwagon82 on April 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Yeah, non-partisan, right. Lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs….

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Yeah, cause protesting against a man no longer in power is the smart way to protest.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Like I said, lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs.

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Indeed. The ‘two-party’ system is broken with both ‘sides’ being blinded to the reality that there is much more uniting us than dividing us, but unfortunately for the sheeples, they willingly go along with the left vs. right games… meanwhile, the government continues on its merry march of squasing individual liberty, capitalism, and freedom.

So for all the ‘tea-party’ attenders, enjoy today when you get to blow off some steam, feel like you made a difference, and then when you wake up tomorrow you will perhaps realize that all of this just superficial. Treatment of the symptom at best, while the real work of taking our country back has yet to be done.

gatorboy on April 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM

capitulus on April 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM means to say:

I am Jack’s raging bile duct.

Disturb the Universe on April 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Er … thanks, Matt. Maybe Matt hasn’t actually watched Fight Club, but Project Mayhem was a terrorist plot to blow up several high-rise buildings containing all of the credit and banking information in the world.

The Boston Tea Party was also an act of property destruction. I guess you’re right, though, Fight Club is a poor analogy to today’s tea parties.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Fight Club depicts a man’s journey from beta to alpha.

Allah, are you paying attention?

WisCon on April 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

He’s working on getting to Beta. Give him a chance

:p

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I saw the CNN newsclip interviewing an adult male peaceful Tea Party protester. OF COURSE, the reporter insisted on answering her own question utilizing the MSM formatted skew. She kept repeating, “Don’t you realize that you’re getting X-amount from the Federal Government?!”

And at what price does a citizen legitimately sell out liberty in order to indulge in NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY? What difference does it make how much you “get” from a bankrupt nation?

O, the humanity! AS IF The Tea Party is “anti-government” as this young CNN female reporter surmised from her employers prefabricated message (herself AT MOST given a few years experience being a tax payer, no longer qualifying as a DEPENDENT).

The Tea Party is pro-government because the INDIVIDUAL cares to participate.

HotAir, market T-shirts made of fabric printed with the US Constitution for Americans to wear, please.

We hold our elected officials responsible to uphold their Constitutional requirements. THAT is as pro-government as it gets.

maverick muse on April 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Like I said, lovin’ all the anti-Bush signs.

Grow Fins on April 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Yeah, cause the man’s not in power. Did you miss our last election?

The Boston Tea Party was also an act of property destruction.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Yes, but that’s where the similarities end. That’s not what these protests are about.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM

“……. I’d fight Ghandi.”

Seven Percent Solution on April 15, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Yes, but that’s where the similarities end. That’s not what these protests are about.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM

What are these protests about, anyway? As long as Ed is pointing out that Fight Club is a poor analogy for the tea parties, the actual Boston Tea Party is a poor analogy for the tea parties. Maybe they should have called them Gripe Clubs.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Maybe they should have called them Gripe Clubs.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM

That would work for any protest, which are by definition protesting some gripe. This one is specifically about improper spending of taxpayer dollars, taxpayers who obviously aren’t being represented in any meaningful sense of the word.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Im watching Beck and I’m getting pumped woo!

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

I saw the CNN newsclip interviewing an adult male peaceful Tea Party protester. OF COURSE, the reporter insisted on answering her own question utilizing the MSM formatted skew. She kept repeating, “Don’t you realize that you’re getting X-amount from the Federal Government?!

People whose governing principles are based on their momentary self-interest can’t understand tea parties. As long as they believe someone else is stuck with the bill, they don’t care how big the tab is.

It doesn’t matter whether we’re getting our extra $9/week when there are bigger things to worry about. We care about our country and its future.

obladioblada on April 15, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Yea, that’s bad. IMO, the Republicans should get just as much ire as the Dems. Every tea party should make an effort to stay non-partisan. The enemy here is spending and taxation, not a particular political party.

A lot of the spending started under Bush’s watch, which the Dems are now using as justification to keep going in that direction (“You didn’t complain when Bush did it.” — er, yes, we did, but obviously not loud enough, which is why we’re pitching a fit right now with tea parties).

PersonalLiberty on April 15, 2009 at 5:17 PM

(”You didn’t complain when Bush did it.” — er, yes, we did, but obviously not loud enough, which is why we’re pitching a fit right now with tea parties).

PersonalLiberty on April 15, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Which, to be fair, Bush’s TARP came right before the election, with not enough time to protest. The rest of his spending was bad, but we weren’t getting punched in the face with it as graphically as we are under President Obama.

Plus, didn’t they elect “change”? Not Bush2?

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Yea, that’s bad. IMO, the Republicans should get just as much ire as the Dems. Every tea party should make an effort to stay non-partisan. The enemy here is spending and taxation, not a particular political party.

+1

gatorboy on April 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

That would work for any protest, which are by definition protesting some gripe. This one is specifically about improper spending of taxpayer dollars, taxpayers who obviously aren’t being represented in any meaningful sense of the word.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

That’s pretty broad for a specific complaint. It could apply to just about any policy, since they almost all involve government spending. Judging by who’s showing up to these things, it does apply to any policy. Of course everybody’s for lower taxes on tax day, but what impact are these protests going to have in the long term (besides cheapening the memory of the Boston Tea Party)?

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

The St Louis tea party has chosen to limit speakers to those that appeared at our first run in Febuary. As far as I know that will mean at most one or two local pols that have proven themselves already. Good move even though it will mean less national coverage without any big names on the roster.

TBinSTL on April 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

But it’s obviously not just about taxes, which is why the CNN reporter’s question is so irrelevant.

It’s about the government broadly expanding its powers with our money. It’s about the fact that we can’t keep piling on the national debt like this, that something has to give.

I don’t know that these protests will have any impact. I’ve never had much faith in protests anyway, but if all it does is convince Spector (I think I’m picking the right guy), that we do care about pork, then I’d consider them a success.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM

but if all it does is convince Spector (I think I’m picking the right guy), that we do care about pork, then I’d consider them a success.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM

That’d be nice. Maybe if they hold these things again on election day.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

That’d be nice. Maybe if they hold these things again on election day.

RightOFLeft on April 15, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Who knows. They seem to be having them fairly frequently. I’d hope we don’t need one by then though.

It would be nice to live in a world where our politicians actually do serve our best interests rather than their own, a world where Murtha doesn’t have his name plastered all over his state and where politicians cannot repay favors with taxpayer dollar grants.

But I’m not naive. That’s why I’m just hoping for that one, small victory.

Esthier on April 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

With friends like these, who needs the MSM?

Loxodonta on April 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

The Boston Tea Party was also an act of property destruction.

WW II was all about property destruction. It was property destruction for a greater good. It all depends whose property you are destroying and what good will come of it.

keep the change on April 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

“Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.”

These Toolbags are not used to the silent majority, the people that go to work and school, protesting for American ideals and values. They are used to the douchebags that protest our troops, our pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, basically anything that is inherently American. The silent majority is no longer silent. This is only the beginning.

HornetSting on April 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

GOP go home. You’ve f*cked things up enough on your own.

Wanderlust on April 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I think “Project Mayhem” is better cast as the left wing of the Democratic Party. They are trying to remake American capitalism as…. what?

unclesmrgol on April 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM