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The ‘Crash’ That Burned

The failure of the "Crash the Tea Party" initiative was obvious at today's Tax Day tea party rallies. (Click here for PJTV's Tax Day Tea Party coverage.)

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Bob Owens

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April 15, 2010 - 3:55 pm
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Our tipsy medical administrative assistant in Chicago aside, it appears that tea party crashers simply aren’t showing up in the numbers that Democrats hoped for … or for that matter, showing up as anything resembling competent crashers at all.

The self-conscious and smug hipsters profiled earlier and their erratic, pimply allies in the “pea party” movement (singing, with tedious predictability, “give peas a chance”) hung around the fringes of yesterday’s gathering in Boston, but were by no means infiltrators. If anything, Boston has provided us with something of a poster child for the failure of the “Crash the Tea Party” initiative, a man PJTV tipster Rick Lippencott captured cavorting around in an Uncle Sam costume with a red ball rubber nose, holding up a toy gun, and mocking the Second Amendment.

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Instead of creating images of bigotry, they showed themselves to be clowns.

It wasn’t this pathetic everywhere, of course, and there was action outside of Boston and Chicago. Take Salt Lake City, for example.

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Jenni Dansie found this group of “No Tea, No Party” protesters off by themselves, apparently the victims of an overzealous black tee shirt salesman. Note the group’s body language as it focuses on a man in a blue button-down shirt who came over to talk to them, like gazelles frozen in front of an oxford-wearing Mormon leopard.

But the simple fact of the matter is that the “crash” never materialized in any meaningful way. The plot was a bust. The only thing approaching successful infiltration was a real tea party supporter in Lansing, MI, who posed as a member of the “Crash” movement expressly to mock them.

“LOOK MOM! EYE KRASHED DA TEE PARTIE!!” Indeed.  Other than the odd handful of LaRouche supporters comparing The One to Adolf, this, too, was the kind of respectful, hopeful tea party turnout we’ve come to expect.

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