Disaffected lefties launch … “Coffee Party” movement

posted at 5:52 pm on February 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’ve read the WaPo profile, looked at their website, watched the two videos below, and I still don’t quite get it. They’re claiming, essentially, to be nonpartisan and less interested in pushing particular policies than in “dialogue” and “cooperation” for their own sake. Which, given the realities in the Senate, is a very thinly veiled way of calling for fewer filibusters and more Democratic — sorry, I mean bipartisan — legislation. Here’s their statement of principles, for what it’s worth; assuming they stick around, it’ll be fun to watch how this changes once the GOP has a majority in both chambers again.

We want the political process broken down into three steps:
1) open and respectful dialogue
2) thoughtful and informed deliberation
3) competent and decisive execution.

The process is so broken, we can’t get past step 1 right now. We demand cooperation, productivity and accountability in government in the same way we would demand it of an employee we might hire for a job.

We want local chapters to have the autonomy to figure out their own legislative and electoral priorities. At the national level, we’ll make recommendations for direct action on legislation. But they will only be suggestions. We value and celebrate diverse opinions just as we value and celebrate diverse backgrounds. All that is required to be part of this movement is a sincere commitment to participating in, and protecting the democratic process.

A friendly reminder from George Will: The American democratic process, especially in the Senate, includes the right to obstruct. Right, Mr. President? Exit quotation from the WaPo piece: “I don’t really understand what they’re about other than ‘we don’t like the Tea Party’ and ‘we’re for a better process.’”


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With all this crap being shoved down our throats, we’re going to need a “Colon Cleanse Party”.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Coffee LA Style – The Coffee Enema

Kini on February 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Hey~I PRACTICE yoga and my husband LOVES ME for it.
But, I don’t hug trees.

HornetSting on February 26, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Well… yoga wasn’t invented by liberal hippies. So no worries.

upinak on February 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

The Coffee Drinkers and the Tea Party members’ goals are not mutually exclusive. Why can’t Tea Party members join or start Coffee Party chapters? :-)

JoeRed on February 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

How about…the HAS BEENERS? LOL

capejasmine on February 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Haven’t the progressive nitwits already been nagging and marching with signs and fight songs since the late 60′s?

So they just now felt the need to give themselves some ridiculous knock-off name?

It’s just more evidence that they really don’t have minds of their own, and are nothing more than hyper-emotional reactionary contrarians.

Hilarious.

jjrakman on February 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I broke out in hives.

DrSteve on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Chock Full O’Nuts Party

katy on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I’ll give them a break; After all, with the intelligence they’re displaying, they’d have to turn to prostitution to make any money otherwise.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

That’s not coffee; it’s bongwater.

The Bong Party would be far more appropriate. Generally people only need coffee in the morning if they work for a living.

jjrakman on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

What about the “Filthy Sanchez” party…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Yeah. It’ll be interesting to see how this filters down.

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Chock Full O’Nuts Party

katy on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

We have a winner.

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Chock Full O’Nuts Party

katy on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

We have a winner.

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I second that!

neurosculptor on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

They should totally start a third party.

erakis on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

upinak on February 26, 2010 at 5:58 PM

heh heh ground . . .

Coffee, so bitter.

Ingenue on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Here’s the Urban Dictionary page for “coffee.” Nothing junps out at me, but have at it! http://www.urbandictionary.com/browse.php?character=C&page=346

boko fittleworth on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Chock Full O’Nuts Party

katy on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Winner, Second that!

Kini on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

You start with a lemonade stand. You’re a cute kid in the summer.

Then you graduate to the “Coffee Party”. Mommy and Daddy still pay your insurance and tuition, but you are, like, so deep? And so thoughtful? And you end every sentence with a question? Cause you’re just not sure? But you’re sure that it’s not fair that some people don’t have a fair shake in life??

When you get a real job and PAY TAXES, you’re a grown up. Now you’re ready for a Tea Party.

(Too bad so many libs get stuck on step two.)

Grace_is_sufficient on February 26, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I was waiting for the first video to turn into an Onion-like satire. The second video?

GGRRRRRRRRRRR!!

pugwriter on February 26, 2010 at 6:32 PM

“We need people to get out of the way.”
“We all deserve health care.”

Wha?

You get health care it’s just that we get to keep our country.

They talk as though the Republican party was able to obstruct ANYTHING for the past year. They only thing that stopped the democrats in 2010 was the democrats.

Starbucks is in for a boon.

Mojave Mark on February 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Chock Full O’Nuts Party

katy on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Ding, ding!

Alden Pyle on February 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

They should just call themselves a Junta

El_Terrible on February 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Close!

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Lead Balloon

NY Conservative on February 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

First, it’s attempted tele-spamming of conservative talk radio — now this silly gambit?

What’s next, a blimp? Oh yeah, nevermind.

Here’s an idea: Quit trying to subvert our Constitution and stop spending us into oblivion.

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Did one of them really say they want to DATE the government??
Creepy . . .

Ingenue on February 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Good God, why not just go whole hog and call themselves the latte sipping elitist party?

RINO in Name Only on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

That 2nd clip was pathetic. If that’s the best the left has to offer, Obama and the Dems are in big trouble. “I’m really interested in dating my government.” Are you kidding me?!

What I’d love to ask each of the people in those clips is how much of their paycheck are they willing to give up for “free” health care? How generous are they willing to be with their hard-earned money to take care of everyone else?

Something tells me at least a few of them would find themselves switching from coffee to tea in no time.

Doughboy on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Coffee is bad for you.

Drink Tea!!!

Dusty on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

For all those teabaggers being phycho/racist/haters with no ideas it sure seems odd that anyone would want to imitate them. No?

Scrappy on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Typical lefty “I feel like (fill in the blank).

If they would, for one moment, think instead of feel, they might have a chance surviving in the same world most adults do.

Good luck with your coffee klatch.

tru2tx on February 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I don’t engage in respectful dialogue with disrespectful people who are trying to take away my rights.

Fellow Tea Partiers, do you feel like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and other cronies respect you? Have they engaged us respectfully?

Not so much. And yet we march peacefully on their offices and pick up our trash when we’re done. Yeah, what a bunch of disrespectful goons we are.

Animator Girl on February 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I assume Mrs. Park is Korean, the very people who lose their minds with anger and launch all kinds of protests and internet offensive with even the slightest sign of disrespect to their nation or heritage. Kinda funny.

But you know, once upon a time the Korean people (sort of) had a tea party of their own. Like the Korean students who protested against Park Chung Hee and other military dictators. Mostly for fixing elections, eliminating opponents, and improving the constitution to give them unlimited terms.

When these student demonstrators were fleeing from police gunfire or hurling molatav cocktails, maybe they weren’t angry. They were actually looking for inclusive dialogue and understanding from all sides, including their corrupt government. They didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, scream or yell, sloganeer, or other stupid things that are found in the tea party.

Minorities tend to rally around issues that are relevant to their culture, which partly explain their lack of presence in tea parties. How many Latinos or blacks attended the rally at westminster, CA long time ago, when a Vietnamese video store owner hung a commie flag? But it doesn’t mean non whites aren’t affected by the issues found at tea parties.

Mad Kimchi on February 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Hey, that coffee cup handle looks like Obama’s ear.

Dusty on February 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Marxwell House Coffee
yuks to the last broad

macncheez on February 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The Bong Party would be far more appropriate. Generally people only need coffee in the morning if they work for a living.

jjrakman on February 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

As a conservative, tax-dollar generating, pot smoking, coffee drinker who must be at work by 6am, I’m offended by your generalization.

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Is that caffeinated or decaffeinated?

Crux Australis on February 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Good God, why not just go whole hog and call themselves the latte sipping elitist party?

RINO in Name Only on February 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Espresso elitists ?

macncheez on February 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Every time I go out on a date with the government I get screwed.

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I started becoming involved in the Coffee Party because of my fatigue and frustration with the obstructionist of the progress of our government, the Obama government.

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Obviously not organic coffee… Nuff said.
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RalphyBoy on February 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Obviously they represent the dregs of The Kool Aid Party.

Gang-of-One on February 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Maybe they should try a Kool-Aid party?

Mojave Mark on February 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM

They want respectful dialog so one of the first things they do is take part in a protest against the Tea Partiers with Moveon.org. I wonder if they’re considering getting some nice mocha-colored T-shirts made up.

WarEagle01 on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

The process is so broken

No, it’s not. It’s just not going the way you want.

ddrintn on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Tea baggin’s bad; But check out the Coffee Bag trick in the Urban Dictionary!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I’d bet a months pay that The Center for American Progress is bankrolling these carpet burned Astroturf Twits. What a contrived, disingenuous cabal of latte’ liberal crapola!

OneCleverCookie on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Now they’re just looking for a woman named Sandra Palon to cap off this amazingly original movement…

joejm65 on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I say we call them the Coffee Beans.

From Urban Dictionary:

1. Coffee Beans:
A slang term used to describe a saggy and/or lumpy scrotum, as if the ballsack were filled with coffee beans. Usually used in accordance to males of African-American or Hispanic decent, but can be used occasionally for Caucasian males.

uknowmorethanme on February 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM

“we came into power and all of a sudden so quickly it all fell apart”
Why would you not want quality health care for everyone…that you dont even have to pay for, its much less expensive to have health care from the government……………

Oh Forget it these people are flat out detatched from reality. “That you dont have to pay for” what planet is she from?

Everyone deserves health care

Then go out and get it….and if you cant afford it? Fill out your Medicaid forms…the program is already there and enjoy your “free” government insurance.
Should there be changes? sure….but that certainly does not involve a government takeover.

Koa on February 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM

This is interesting.

Per the WaPo article, Park worked on Jim Webb’s 2006 campaign, and she’s worked on political activism & documentary films with boyfriend Eric Byler.

A quick whois query of coffeepartyusa web names brings up….

Registrant ID:CR41943366
Registrant Name:Eric Byler
Registrant Organization:Real Virginians For Webb
Registrant Street1:14461 Sedona Drive
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Gainesville
Registrant State/Province:Virginia
Registrant Postal Code:20155

See for yourself, before they deep-six it.

Grassroots indeed.

IllTemperedCur on February 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Every time I go out on a date with the government I get screwed.

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

And I’m the one who pays.

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

They should just call themselves a Junta

El_Terrible on February 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Um, I would have substituted another letter of the alphabet, but I’ve had a particularly Crummy day.

What if you threw a party and nobody came? You get a Coffee Party klatch (rhymes with…).

ThePrez on February 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Chewy the Lab on February 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Hah! So the 1st chick is “amazed!” that all her Facebook friends believe the same tripe she does. ….like woooow man, it must be Karma, the whole world must believe it too.

And the 2nd clip **shiver** they look and sound like they just came out for a bio break at the Fisting Party.

Alden Pyle on February 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Do you have any doubt that in college, these women took a class that involved writing a letter to their genitals…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Is this Dunkin Donut or Starbucks? I give them a try on a bipartisan basis. Meaning cost bi-partisan basis. In terms of volume it turns out to be 2-1 in Dunkin’s favor.

antisocial on February 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

The Asian chick is hooooooot. More hot Asian chicks and I might just take up coffee. But their politics? What IS it exactly?

Warner Todd Huston on February 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Funny! Their politics is “more government cheese for everybody! We’re all entitled to it. We Are The World. If only the racist would quit obstructing…”

Gang-of-One on February 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

They have to learn how to espresso themselves better.

This “Mooch Off Your Opponents’ Successful Methods With a Meaningless Meme” Party is the dregs.

profitsbeard on February 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

OMDG: Note to self, before launching any kind of subversive political movement, check urban dictionary for disgusting references.

Chewy the Lab on February 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Tea baggin’s bad; But check out the Coffee Bag trick in the Urban Dictionary!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww lol

capejasmine on February 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

These people have such passion!

Like government should like totally take care of everyone.

therightwinger on February 26, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Now they’re just looking for a woman named Sandra Palon to cap off this amazingly original movement…

joejm65 on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

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Hee hee… Overly slick video production, yet somehow cartoonish yawner at the same time.
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RalphyBoy on February 26, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Our platform is simple, we want our government cake and we want to eat it too. In other words, we want the government to provide for all our life expenses while staying completely out of our life.

elduende on February 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Make mine cinnamon.
‘Let them eat cake’….

HornetSting on February 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

If only everybody agreed with me, wouldn’t that be, like, great!”

*Sip*

profitsbeard on February 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Tea baggin’s bad; But check out the Coffee Bag trick in the Urban Dictionary!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

:-)
I was waiting for someone to bring that up

macncheez on February 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Why would you not want quality health care for everyone that you dont even have to pay for. Its much less expensive to have health care from the government.

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
~P.J. O’Rourke

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

As a conservative, tax-dollar generating, pot smoking, coffee drinker who must be at work by 6am, I’m offended by your generalization.

Oh.

jjrakman on February 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM

What if you threw a party and nobody came? You get a Coffee Party klatch (rhymes with…).

ThePrez on February 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM

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Hell, I want’a join just to mess with them. Silly little lefty snobs…
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RalphyBoy on February 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Lameassprog douchebags!

can i say that?

Lonetown on February 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Tea baggin’s bad; But check out the Coffee Bag trick in the Urban Dictionary!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I really could have gone the rest of my life without knowing that. Sometimes Google isn’t your friend.

WarEagle01 on February 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Here’s the Urban Dictionary page for “coffee.” Nothing junps out at me, but have at it!

boko fittleworth on February 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Nothing? Hmmmmm

dont taze me bro on February 26, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Hey, Annabel Park from Annandale: I’m from Fairfax and I’m here to tell you that we Conservatives aren’t the party of “No” just to Obstruct for obstruction’s sake, or even just to regain electoral advantage in the next election.

We vote “No” to Liberal view of “Progress” because we FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE with the proposed “solutions” posed by the “Progressive” left and fundamentally believe that OTHER solutions are preferable.

So why is it that when conservatives reach out to be heard and NEGOTIATE a mutually agreeable solution, the legislative doors shut on them and the Liberal legislative majority crafts its legislation and does its deals behind CLOSED DOORS? What kind of “Transparency” is THAT???

You progressives are HYPOCRITES.

Shirotayama on February 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM

This will be like Air America….but not as successful!

WhatsRight on February 26, 2010 at 7:01 PM

So will Ayers be their publicist and Woodstock be their home base?

Done That on February 26, 2010 at 7:02 PM

We’ll never get rid of organizations like MoveOn.org with the ample supplies of double digit dingbats like this.
These poor individuals are gonna need more than free healthcare to make it into old age.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Tea baggin’s bad; But check out the Coffee Bag trick in the Urban Dictionary!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Movement.

dont taze me bro on February 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Based on those videos I’ve got to conclude that the Tea Party movement has the attractive bright women. The coffee grounds gals- not so much.

highhopes on February 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Maybe the disgruntled Berkley libs should start a medical mary jane party. the heck with coffee!

jbh45 on February 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

capejasmine, how about…you’re an a**hole for posting garbage like that?

Hard Right on February 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

What a bunch of dweebs.

It’s just a political drum circle. Nice logo. Will go nowhere.

PattyJ on February 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

If this means thousands of unbathed tree huggers singing Kumbaya at the same time, I believe it will bring on the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Where else can it go?

adamsmith on February 26, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann should like the Coffee Baggin’ Party.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

My G-d! No one has said it yet? Okay, I’ll take the low-hanging fruit that has been passed by:

The Kool-Aid Party

neurosculptor on February 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Darn. I gotta read more posts before I pick that low-hanging stuff.

Gang-of-One on February 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Mentioned this in headlines, but the CPUSA initials are instructive.

cs89 on February 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

See for yourself, before they deep-six it.

Grassroots indeed.

IllTemperedCur on February 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I knew it!!!!

Gee I sure hope they are not violent… I sure hate to see a grown Speaker cry….

To IllTemperedCur – I have a black mouth cur and he is the sweetest dog I ever had!!

kringeesmom on February 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Somebody probably already said it, but … LATTE PARTY.

Tony737 on February 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Cappucino commies

macncheez on February 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

“If only everybody agreed with me, wouldn’t that be, like, great!”

*Sip*

profitsbeard on February 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I think it’s “Slurp.”

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

WOW They seem more like the hoodwinked disilusioned buyers remorse party. Wandering in the wilderness party. The third world brown peoples party!

sonnyspats1 on February 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

LMAO….the Tea Party movement is comprised of democrats, republicans, libertarians and INDEPENDENTS who want LESS government. This Chock Full ‘O Nuts Club is a bunch of libtards and 60′s retreads who want to validate their whining by forming a club because they can’t believe that the Tea Party Movement is making a difference.

Again, I LMAO

ihasurnominashun on February 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I think it’s “Slurp.”

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Yea; Like a bulldog drinking out of his dish.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Tony737 on February 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Actually, I think they are indeed a little Latte to the party!

ihasurnominashun on February 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I sure hate to see a grown Speaker cry….

Heck no, not me. When the tears start, I’m breaking out the popcorn and pudding. :)

IllTemperedCur on February 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Tea Party people have a far simpler statement … Fidelity to the U.S. Constitution, and stand for your values and principles, truth, your word and your scared honor.

Start with Beck’s 9/12 if you don’t know what constitutional values and principles were … Beck’s list is about as close as you can get.

tarpon on February 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann should like the Coffee Baggin’ Party.

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I think I’ll go with dont taze me bro @ 7:06: Coffee Baggin’ Movement.

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

From their statement of principles:

At the national level, we’ll make recommendations for direct action on legislation.

So, there is some form of leadership here; this is not a grassroots movement, but rather a concerted effort to effect legislation.

It will be interesting to follow the money, and find the guiding hand here, over time.

Also from their statement of principles:

We demand cooperation

Fabulous.

massrighty on February 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

1) open and respectful dialogue
2) thoughtful and informed deliberation
3) competent and decisive execution.

The process Obama is so broken suck, we can’t get past step 1 right now even though until recently we had a super majority.

They need to drop the “Movement,” sit together in a big circle, hold hands, and someone explain to them what SUPER MAJORITY means.

29Victor on February 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Mocha Marxist

upinak on February 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

the “Khadaffi Party?” Really? Well, that’s what I heard one of them call it, so that’s what I’m calling it from now on (ha, ha, ha…aren’t I funny).

29Victor on February 26, 2010 at 7:21 PM

davidk on February 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I’ll drink to that! But not coffee!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 7:23 PM

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