Coffee Party national convention rumored to have occurred over the weekend

posted at 7:08 pm on September 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

Schadenfreudean fun on a slow Monday night thanks to P.J. Gladnick and Newsbusters, who — virtually alone among media — remembered that the left’s answer to the tea party held its big shindig yesterday. Luckily, much of the proceedings was captured on video; unluckily, some of the clips have as few as, um, 10 views. Speakers included Lawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon, and John “Wingnuts” Avlon. (Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer was invited to speak as part of a panel but had to cancel due to illness.) Why, after all the ridiculous hype earlier this year about how many Facebook followers the group had, etc, has the press suddenly bailed on them? Well, remember that the buzz about CP was cooked up around the time that ObamaCare was nearing passage, back when the meme du jour about tea partiers was that they were a violent racist zombified rabble. The CP, being “moderate” and allegedly devoted above all things to civility, was held up as a study in contrasts. But the racism smear against TPers isn’t as current as it used to be, mainly because the tea party’s spent most of the past few months battling centrist Republicans instead of the sainted left. Now the chief knock on them is that they’re a highly effective puritanically conservative machine, purging moderate GOPers like Lisa Murkowski and Mike Castle and replacing them with supposed fanatics like Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell. Suddenly, the study in contrasts doesn’t look so good for the Coffee Party. Which would you rather be part of, some sort of Facebook-driven kaffeeklatsch or a movement that’s tossing the bums out of Washington? That’s why you don’t hear about it anymore.

Anyway, two clips for you below, one from last month hyping the CP mega-meetup and the other from the convention itself that’s self-explanatory. Speaking of centrists getting organized politically, I don’t want to start any hearts fluttering but there has been talk on Twitter over the past week or so of holding the first ever … RINOcon. Imagine the roster: Frum, Brooks, Buckley, Kathleen Parker-Spitzer, Meghan McCain, and a cavalcade of moderate candy-ass bloggers. Maybe even a cameo from Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins? Dude, I think it could happen. Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?


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I thought the Coffee Party was replaced by F*ck Tea? It’s hard to keep track these days…

joejm65 on September 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Coffee Party national convention rumored to have occurred over the weekend

I think it did. My internet connection was slow around that time.

Electrongod on September 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Speakers included Lawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon, and John “Wingnuts” Avlon.

Oh, they guy who left the moderate McCain campaign in deference to the liberal Obama campaign, later to complain about moderates being underrepresented in today’s political environment?

That guy? We’re still taking him seriously?

Patrick Ishmael on September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Astroturf is a terrible thing to waste.

FlameWarrior on September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I’m glad the Mike Dukakis fan club is still able to get together every once in a while.

stldave on September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Love the title of the thread.

CWforFreedom on September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

That’s some awful bitter coffee.

portlandon on September 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

OMG!!!! You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you you pur your right hand in and you shake it all about, you do the hokie pokie and you turn yourself around.

WTF: Teaching older people to chant? Did someone forget the arts and crafts box?

milwife88 on September 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Kathleen Parker-Spitzer

heh

agmartin on September 27, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Coffee Party national convention rumored to have occurred over the weekend

Good one, Ap. All time winnah headline.

Also…

Coffee Party national convention turns out decaffeinated

petefrt on September 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Huh? What? Hello?

Hey…..did you hear about the Segway Guy?

Opposite Day on September 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM

The Coffee Party struck me as a bunch of jealous copycats who thought they could one-up the Tea Party and thus marginalize them. It didn’t work out so well, and in fact, only made themselves look pretty foolish and irrelevant.

scalleywag on September 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Ah the Coffee Party, on par with Air America and Green TV, all bad ideas that never took off.

Cookies Mom on September 27, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Darn!!!

Missed it again…

patch on September 27, 2010 at 7:18 PM

…and a cavalcade of moderate candy-ass bloggers.

Ooh, would you be there? I’d pay to see you on a panel.

I’m imagining you wearing a paper bag over your head, a la The Unknown Comic.

JeffWeimer on September 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Decaf.

garry on September 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

OMG I’ve seen tea party rallies more diverse than this! //

canditaylor68 on September 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Holy Moly….was crrrr3.5 live blogging that rockin’ event??

Pathetic.

BigWyo on September 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

whoops … sorry petefrt.

petefrt on September 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

garry on September 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Coffee what?

Good Lt on September 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

Yes.

spmat on September 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Are you sure that’s coffee they’re drinking?

As for RINOcon you can call it the Progressive Moderates Party: more than just Moderately Progressive!

ajacksonian on September 27, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Should have been a blockbuster, she is SO dynamic.

FOWG1 on September 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Coffee Party national convention rumored to have occurred over the weekend

Must have been one rockin’ place, huh?

amerpundit on September 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Bitter Dregs.

vinceautmorire on September 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

The Coffee Party as a political anything is so far buried under a mountain of irrelevance I forgot it existed. Seriously, if I had seen something touting a Coffee Party Convention in my city, I would have shown up to sample the Sumatra and check out this year’s espresso machine models.

ace tomato on September 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Mark McKinnon?

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I notice they haven’t updated their website since the eve of the ‘Big Event’….

Probably brainstorming ways to make ‘Wow, can you believe how bad that sucked’ look exciting.

BigWyo on September 27, 2010 at 7:26 PM

[really good material self-censored]… if you can say something nice, don’t say anything… (hope Ace posts on this later)

phreshone on September 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM

RINOcon. Imagine the roster: Frum, Brooks, Buckley, Kathleen Parker-Spitzer, Meghan McCain, and a cavalcade of moderate candy-ass bloggers

Like…ALLAH. He should be right at home with that bunch.

Dan Pet on September 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM

The coffee enemy, so to speak.

Dhuka on September 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Must have been decaf coffee. ‘Cause that is a snoozer.

Scrappy on September 27, 2010 at 7:29 PM

That guy? We’re still taking him seriously?

Patrick Ishmael on September 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

No. No, we’re not, Patrick.

McKinnon is a pathetic douchebag, giving himself whiplash as a careens around the political rubber room, unable to figure out … anything.

Jaibones on September 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Why, after all the ridiculous hype earlier this year about how many Facebook followers the group had, etc, has the press suddenly bailed on them?

It takes about 30 seconds to go to a page and click the “Like” button.

It requires actual effort to become engaged in the political process beyond pulling a lever every 2 years.

ButterflyDragon on September 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM

You can’t stop a bowel movement.

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Yeah, Annabel. Your life is soooo important. Obama couldn’ta got elected without your genius.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Bwahahahahahahahaha.

Apparently, they should have been chanting: “We can’t start, a movement. We can’t start, a movement. We can’t start, a movement, a movement, a movement.”

Aquateen Hungerforce on September 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Meh…

Seven Percent Solution on September 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I had a bigger movement on the bowl this morning.

JammieWearingFool on September 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Can we just play that incredibly weak video of “Johnny 5″ rapping as national campaign commercial?

It’s effing hilarious.

tetriskid on September 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

IF I were one of them ‘coffee party’ member, I would show up with a paper bag over my head.

Sir Napsalot on September 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Schadenfreudean fun on a slow Monday night thanks to P.J. Gladnick and Newsbusters, who — virtually alone among media — remembered that the left’s answer to the tea party held its big shindig yesterday.

That’s good for them that at least someone noticed them.

One philosophical outlook on science is that things which cannot be measured or detected in any way do not exist by definition.

The coffee party seems to have narrowly avoided getting destroyed by pure scientific logic.

RINO in Name Only on September 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

They are still harboring the idea, along with the MSM, that the tea party was orchestrated. They just don’t freaking get it.

WitchDoctor on September 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Crashing from that caffeine high is hard!

Rndguy on September 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I blame cell phones for the lack of notice. Since the advent of cellphones, the number of available phone booths has greatly diminished, removing the most appropriate venues for this event.

flyoverland on September 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

They are still harboring the idea, along with the MSM, that the tea party was orchestrated. They just don’t freaking get it.

WitchDoctor on September 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM

MSDNC seems to be desperately pushing this Koch Brothers narrative. To be honest, I’d never even heard of these guys until maybe a month ago. And I still don’t know for certain who they are. I’ve attended 3 Tea Parties in the last year and a half and I’ve never heard anyone mention them. And no, no one has paid me to show up at these rallies(although I’ll gladly accept donations).

Doughboy on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

ROFLMAO.

They also held a Mock Constitutional Convention. Here’s a taste:

- – Include a requirement that Congressman swear an oath to honesty.
- – There was not a consensus on a proposal to increase the size of the House to 6,000 Representatives. (!1!!eleventy!1!)

- – Recognize a right for federal citizens to vote. (Hunh?)

- – provide voters more than one time and place in any election (lol)
- – provide for the secrecy of all ballots (?)
- – provide a durable record, humanly countably (!) for each vote cast
- – ensure that each vote cast be counted
- – establish a national voting day (uhmmmm…..)
- – the federal government shall protect the environment for the good of the citizens.
- – The United States shall not establish military bases outside the territory of the States or the District of Columbia unless required temporarily during a duly declared war.
- – Money is not speech.
- – Corporations have no free speech rights.

IrishEi on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Now that is a funny headline. Thank you.

rrpjr on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

350 attended?
Heck, they would have had 35,000 show up if they held
an authentic liberal coffe party.

mrt721 on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

My, we’ve come a long way from the greek columns of Denver.

nico on September 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Woodstock,60′s wannabe’s with a Rap theme.At least 1 or 2 knew how to clap with the beat.

docflash on September 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM

You Can’t Stop A Movement…The first Hip-Hop song about diarrhea???

GreenBlade on September 27, 2010 at 7:42 PM

That’s almost unwatchable.

Metro on September 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Decaf.

garry on September 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Well said! If I had any better comments, I’d Postum.

Mary in LA on September 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

Now you’re just messin’ with us!!!

abobo on September 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

The Progressive Constitutional Coffee Party
Gathering of Many Political Tribes,Seeking
to Achieve Universal Consensus of The Never
Ending Story,of How to Come up with a Bull
Sh*t Catchy Talk’n Points,that All Tribes,
Who are Currently In-Fighting,can Find Some
Common Ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck,with that!

canopfor on September 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

AP.

Why no mention of the border story of the day? Deportation?

tom0508 on September 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

You Can’t Stop A Movement, really, looks like the Coffee Party did.

fourdeucer on September 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

If you do that, you can be sure Stephen Green will show up.

JeffWeimer on September 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

- – Recognize a right for federal citizens to vote. (Hunh?)

IrishEi on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Never heard of a “federal citizen”, but I found this online (Warning! smells like white supremacism):

http://www.supremelaw.org/authors/mcdonald/vol1-1.htm

I found this site, too, but my firewall blocks it. YMMV…

http://www.originalintent.org/edu/citizenship.php

Mary in LA on September 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Why no mention of the border story of the day? Deportation?

tom0508 on September 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Got linky?

Mary in LA on September 27, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Coffee Party Anthem
===========================================

No Sugar Tonight The Guess Who 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPqT031SWT4&p=777E78390DFDB819&playnext=1&index=5

canopfor on September 27, 2010 at 7:53 PM

From the second video:

You can’t stop a movement

I need to go to the bathroom. Excuse me. LOL

simkeith on September 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

Martini Party

pedestrian on September 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

- – Recognize a right for federal citizens to vote. (Hunh?)

IrishEi on September 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Now, your eyes may be smiling, but that probably reads ‘provide for the ‘right’ for citizens to vote in a Federal election.
They probably know there is NO Constitutional ‘right to vote’ in any Federal election. You heard me correctly.
I get tired of repeating this like I get tired of repeating this ain’t no democracy to the young people.

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

Now you’re just messin’ with us!!!

abobo on September 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

abobo: One lump or two,er,ice cubes!!

canopfor on September 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

“You can’t stop a movement, a movement, a movement…”

I drank some prune juice once and was thinking the same thing.

AUINSC on September 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Wait a tick,video number# 2,is this a rehearsal,
for Liberal Part Gots Talent,or Progressives RuS
Can Dance,

“You can’t stop…..a movement”!!!

AP,should of had a Phrase Caption Contest!!

canopfor on September 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

hellz nahh. With all of those pu$$ies, there’s no cock and all “tail”.

hadta say it.

over to you petefrt.

ted c on September 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I had a bigger movement on the bowl this morning.

JammieWearingFool on September 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

good for you, son. Been gettin’ your roughage in and eatin’ your veggies, eh?

*headpat* and *goldstar* for you.

/Queen Obama

ted c on September 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM

canopfor on September 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

LOL!

abobo on September 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM

“you can’t stop a movement”

That’ll be my inspiration next time i’m constipated.

clearbluesky on September 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Couldn’t happen to a better group of losers.

Machiavelli Hobbes on September 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Dhuka on September 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Ha!

AshleyTKing on September 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I drank some prune juice once and was thinking the same thing.

AUINSC on September 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM

A warrior’s drink!

Mary in LA on September 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Lanceman on September 27, 2010 at 7:55 PM

OK, I get it now.

Not knowing what a “federal citizen” was, I assumed they were trying to get the right to vote for any person currently living in the US…and you know where that leads.

:-)

IrishEi on September 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Coffee party???

Didn’t there used to be a political movement with that name/

Oh, that’s right… there never was.

Snicker

JohnGalt23 on September 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM

You can’t stop a movement…

did someone just shart?

ted c on September 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

whoops … sorry petefrt.

petefrt on September 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

garry on September 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Ha, I think there was someone before me too. Maybe ted c, my evil :) twin.

Trouble with reading the comments before you post yours, once you read the thread, you feel there’s nothing new to say.

So I say, except for the more serious threads, full speed ahead and read the thread later. At least we’ll have fun.

petefrt on September 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

… RINOcon. Imagine the roster: Frum, Brooks, Buckley, Kathleen Parker-Spitzer, Meghan McCain, and a cavalcade of moderate candy-ass bloggers. Maybe even a cameo from Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins? Dude, I think it could happen. Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

C’mon AP. Tell us the truth. They didn’t invite you, did they? So sad.

My collie says:

Cocktail party? Hah! More like the Siesta Fiesta. Just look at the guest list. Talk about dull, boring, tedious, timid, lacking in initiative, and irrepressibly drab and awful. Sheesh!

Don’t forget vapid and elitist, collie.

CyberCipher on September 27, 2010 at 8:22 PM

um I thought the Coffee Party was an Onion parody……

wow, they were serious……..

that is too funny!!!!!!!!!!

RealMc on September 27, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Coffee Partay Stain.

esnap on September 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I just hope they served coffee there, so it`d have actual meaning.

ThePrez on September 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Hey rhymeguy, next time just try “mmm, mmm, mmm”…

The Mega Independent on September 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM

What’s up with all the seniors and the creepy church-basement looking venue? I bet if you yelled “B-7″ instead of “you can’t stop” the reply would have been “Bingo!”

msidders on September 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Sure, you can stop a Movement; it’s called Immodium. And, considering the BS coming out of there; Washing DC going tto get a big, honking dose of it November 2nd.

michaelo on September 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Long day; trying again:

Sure, you can stop a Movement; it’s called Immodium. And, considering the BS coming out of there, Washington DC is going to get a big, honking dose of it November 2nd!

michaelo on September 27, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Ace has a thread up on this now.

Mary in LA on September 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer was invited to speak as part of a panel but had to cancel due to illness.

…that’s just a coverstory…I’d heard that she, and a lot of other luminaries, failed to appear because they couldn’t find the bus station locker that the convention was being held in….

Puritan1648 on September 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Washing DC going tto get a big, honking dose of it November 2nd.

michaelo on September 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM

…I think not…DC, along with these *ss-hats, live in sensory-deprivation tanks of their own devising…in their odd little worlds, orbiting eachother in elipses, their views are both invariably correct and stunningly clear, they are all tall and suitably ascetic (think Gandhi after shopping at Old Navy), and everybody who doesn’t agree with them exactly simply need to visit their stuffy mental laundry hamper to be convicted of their sins….

…if you go through life with your head wedged and chocked up your backside, you can easily miss the obvious, even when it happens to you….

Puritan1648 on September 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

you give cocktails a bad name Allah…

:)

cmsinaz on September 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Just as an FYI, the boyz at HB (www.hillbuzz.org) have been referring to RINO’s and the entitled, entrenched Republicans as “The Cocktail Party” for while now.

Great minds, etc. : )

WaltzingMtilda on September 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Well, it is true that you can’t stop a movement. Especially when you eat too much cabbage.

Key West Reader on September 27, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Heh, the mocking is strong on Twitter tonight

http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23Jonny5MadFlow

citrus on September 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

What burg’s economy was dragged down as it hosted these lame yahoos?

ya2daup on September 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I went to one of those “Coffee Party”‘s once. It turned out it was only a coupon.

FloatingRock on September 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Did you see how old most of the audience was? Most of them probably don’t even like hip-hop, but they don’t wanna look racist in front of the black guy, or make the candy-ass white boy look embarrassed. After all, Grandma is in the crowd. Make her proud, son!

Exit question: Should we call it … the Cocktail Party?

Heh.

manwithblackhat on September 27, 2010 at 10:50 PM

heh

Onus on September 27, 2010 at 10:56 PM

What burg’s economy was dragged down as it hosted these lame yahoos?

ya2daup on September 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Louisville’s, I think. My hometown.

Missy on September 27, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Cocktail party? Are you going to drive the car out of the ditch so you an go?

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2010 at 12:01 AM

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