Lots of discussion today on Lars' NW Show about the Crash the Tea Party fool. Turns out he's a PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER in Beaverton, which is about 1.5 hours or so north of me. Hey, here's the deal: if you spew epithets against minorities for personal or political gain, YOU ARE A RACIST. Pretending to be someone else while doing so does not mitigate YOUR RACISM. Hey teacher, would it be acceptable to you if your students LIED, CHEATED, or MISREPRESENTED themselves in your classroom?
Anyway, I think this crasher thing is destined to fail. For one, these people tend towards cowardice except when they have numerical advantage. Secondly, their hope is to be noticed by the fMSM which has considerably less reach than it used to. Does anybody really care if Katie Couric or Anderson Cooper thinks poorly of the antics of some ersatz Tea Partier? Thirdly, there are LOTS of people connected directly or indirectly to the movement - too many people know the truth about the movement.
So Lars was pretty miffed about this. He thinks it'll be an effective way of tainting the movement. I disagree. One caller said basically that he'd beat up anybody who was clearly a lefty interloper, but Lars said doing nothing looks like tacit approval, but beating the dork up reinforces the image that we're a violet mob. Lose/Lose. So it comes down to: should a lefty idiot show up, cause trouble and get away with it, or should a lefty idiot show up, cause trouble and go home with a limp? I know which will do the most to discourage further outbursts of lefty stupidity, and I know what I'll do if one of them acts up in my midst.