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April 16, 2009

‘Bama Tea: How Big Is Huge?

How big was the crowd in Hoover, Alabama, for Wednesday’s Tea Party event? Huge. Massive. Ginormous.

I spoke at 5:15 Tuscaloosa — Roll, Tide! — and afterward was briefly interviewed by Kelly Munts, a student journalist for the Crimson and White:

Robert Stacy McCain was among those speakers. McCain mentioned his own transition to being conservative after being raised ‘a yellow dog Democrat.’ He advised audience members to get organized in order to be as effective as possible in their reaching their goals. After the speech, McCain mentioned the perspective that he took in addressing the group.
“It was a huge crowd, they got quiet at one point and I think they might’ve been taking me a little too seriously,” McCain said. “I was trying to be upbeat, positive and humorous because you get the most done when you’re having a good time.”

That interview was conducted while walking across the Quad to Stephen Gordon’s Jeep, because I was due at the Hoover event at 6:30 p.m. The statute of limitations hasn’t expired, so I’m not going to say how fast Gordo drove via I-20, I-459 and I-59, but we were a red blur until we got off the exit at Hoover.

A total traffic jam locked up Valleydale Road.. I kept telling Gordo that this was the crowd for the rally, and he kept doubting me. “Nah, it must be an accident up ahead.” But as usual, I was right. Several of the cars we passed — and I’m not going to say that we drove illegally in a left-turn-only lane — had people with American flags and Tea Party protest signs.

When we finally arrived at the event (via a shortcut) the parking lot was full, and as I raced toward the stage, throngs of people were still streaming into the rally, which had already been going for 45 minutes. Famous Alabama radio personalities Rick and Bubba were doing a live TV remote with Sean Hannity. Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James spoke; leading Republican observers in the state say he’s the man to watch for 2010.

Next up was Birmingham talk-radio host Lee Davis, who did a James Brown hardest-working-man-in-show-business performance. By this time, I’d found my Samoan lawyer buddy Bert, who lives in Birmingham and joined me backstage. The lady came to tell me I was next up after Davis — a tough act to follow.

But hey, I’m Mack the Knife. I killed. I told ’em how my buddy Stephen Gordon broke the story about the DHS report about “right-wing extremists,” and then:

Since I work in Washington, I contacted my source at the Department of Homeland Security and asked him what I should be on the lookout for. And I’ve got my notes from that interview with me. You might be a right-wing extremist if . . .
. . . you refuse to bow to Saudi royalty.
. . . you think the only good pirate is a dead pirate.
. . . you don’t think it’s a good idea for politicians in Washington to borrow another trillion dollars you grandchildren will have to repay.
. . . you think you know how to run your life better than a bunch of ‘experts’ in Washington.
. . . you believe in God, but don’t think that Obama is the Messiah.
. . . you believe the only reason you have First Amendment Rights is because of your Second Amendment rights.

That may not seem too funny just reading it on a blog, but the magic was in the delivery. It went over very well with a big fired-up crowd. Alabama people are the finest people on the planet.

After the rally, went to the Five Points Grill for a celebratory dinner with friends, where various right-wing conspiracies political plans were discussed. Between Gordo and his buddies, I’m pretty sure they’ve got the whole dang state locked up for the foreseeable future.

April 15, 2009

Stephen Gordon on Rachel Maddow Show

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Right now, I’m staying at Gordo’s house in Hartselle, Alabama. Will be speaking today at 5 p.m. in Tuscaloosa at the University Quad, then hot-wheeling over to Hoover for the 6:30 p.m. event at Veteran’s Park.

UPDATE: BTW, where are those “right-wing billionaires” when you need them? Instead of flying in on a private jet, I drove 700 miles to get here. Then, because Gordo had fallen asleep and didn’t hear his phone ringing, I slept in my car for a couple of hours.

To update a little more of what’s gone online while I was offline for 18 hours:

Tons of more stuff at Memeorandum, including a few examples of today’s JournoList-approved Meme O’ Th’ Day: “Oh, those silly right-wingers.” Matt Taibbi mocks:

This new Holy Trinity of right-wing basket cases has been pushing all sorts of crazy hallucinations of late. . . . It’s like a Farrelly Brothers version of right-wing political agitation.

Marc Cooper at the L.A. Times:

Go to a hobby store. Buy a scale model of a U.N. One-World-Government Black Helicopter and a tube of glue. Toss the model kit. Sniff the entire tube of glue. You’re all set for the party.

And of course, that sober empiricist Sully:

[T]hey deserve to be dismissed as performance artists in a desperate search for coherence in an age that has left them bewilderingly behind.

Leave your behind out of this, Andrew.

UPDATE: For anyone tempted to discouragement by such elitist snark, let me share a comment I made at Hot Air’s Green Room:

It’s important to understand the insight that someone shared with me last year: “The Ron Paul movement wasn’t about Ron Paul. It was about a movement.”
Could anyone reasonably claim that John McCain represented a movement?
Conservatives need to re-learn the idea of building a movement, instead of sitting around passively waiting for the Next Ronald Reagan to just magically appear.

People tend to get the kind of leadership they deserve. During the Bush years, the conservative grassroots developed a sort of inert passivity, waiting around for GOP HQ to tell them what the important issues were and what the appropriate messages were. This top-down, hierarchical model of organization was somewhat successful, so long as the Democrats were willing to play by the same rules.

What happened, however, was that after the Kerry debacle in 2004 people like Markos Moulitsas told the activist base of the Democratic Party that they should stop sitting around waiting for Bob Shrum to figure out a winning strategy. Instead, they started organizing at the grassroots level and just plain raising hell, and pretty soon the Democrats in Washington said, “Hey, who are those guys?”

Next thing you knew, Hillary, Edwards, Pelosi and everybody else was kowtowing to the grassroots, Joe Lieberman was walking the plank and — lo and behold! — the Democrats took back Congress in 2006, maintained the momentum and won the White House in 2008.

So if you’re a conservative out there in Ohio or Florida or Colorado who’s waiting for RNC HQ to save the GOP, you’re part of the problem. If you want to be part of the solution, you’ve got to become an activist. You’ve got to organize.

Create a movement, and don’t worry about who the leader of the movement is. Be your own leader.


UPDATE 1:30 p.m. CDT: One of Stephen’s friends who is a student at the University of Alabama has invited us to visit him before the Tuscaloosa event. So I’ll soon be on a campus abloom with beautiful ‘Bama belles. A tough job, but somebody’s got to do it . . .

UPDATE 1:50 p.m. CDT: Small world: I sent an e-mail to some old Delta House buddies from Jacksonville (Ala.) State, and got a reply from Robin Nee of Tullahoma, Tenn., whose husband Larry founded the Deltas:

Larry & I are a couple of right wing fools who plan tospeak up for what we believe in today at 4:30 p.m.(CT) South Jackson St. Tullahoma at our local Tea Party.
My sign says: “You can’t fix Stupid, but you can VOTE IT OUT!
Larry’s says: “Way To Go FORD…for not taking the Bailout…too many strings!”

Larry loves him some Fords. You ought to see him at Talladega. No, wait: You ought to see Robin at Talladega.

UPDATE 2 p.m. CDT:When fascism comes to America, it will look like Tea Party crashers.” Godwin’s Law or fair historical analogy? Disrupting opponent’s meetings was a specialty of Ernst Roehm’s SA Brownshirts. And disruptive tactics aren’t the only thing the contemporary Left of Weimar America has in common with Roehm’s goon squads.

April 14, 2009

Alabama, here I come!

All right, folks, this will be my last post here for a while, because I’m about to pack up the laptop and drive 700 miles to attend Wednesday’s Alabama Tea Party. Of course, just like the folks on JournoList, I’m strictly a neutral, objective observer, and I’ve got a neutral, objective post over at the new Hot Air Green Room you might want to check out.

While I’m on the road, all you bloggers should e-mail your Rule 1/Rule 2 requests to Smitty. Everybody else, please hit the tip jar, because if this thing is being funded by “right-wing billionaires,” they sure are a bunch of cheapskate billionaires.

Important news: Just in case you missed it, the DHS “terrorist” smear against conservatives — we reported it at 3:14 a.m. Mondayhas been confirmed by Michelle Malkin. My buddy Stephen Gordon shares credit with Radio America’s Roger Hedgecock for breaking that story. My old buddy Audrey Hudson got the scoop, and look how the JournoListers are pushing back at Memeorandum. (Heh! Blame that subversive Constitution!) Trust me, there will be more shoes dropping over the next few days, as we learn who was behind the DHS smear.

WOLVERINES! HIT THE TIP JAR! And now, boys, let’s hit that theme song:

April 13, 2009

Sully and the Tea Party Truthers

My buddy Stephen Gordon just called to say he’d been linked by Sully, who has put aside Trig Trutherism in an effort to get the Real Story behind national Tax Day Tea Party.

Apparently, we’re Right Wing Corporate Neocon Pirates who’ve hijacked a grassroots movement.

I might update if I can stop laughing. Arrrgh!

UPDATE: “Bluebeard” Gordon tries to help Sully get his facts straight. And where’s my wenches? They told me if I showed up wearing an eyepatch with a parrot on my shoulder, there’d be free wenches and grog.

UPDATE II: “Still haven’t seen any of that sweet, sweet Right-wing shill money since this morning, ya, you betcha. Maybe they sent it to my old address?”

Which reminds me: Hit the tip jar!