Here I thought being sexist assholes objectifying women was mean. I didn't think I'd have to write about a Tea Party Douchecanoe assaulting a woman at a Rand Paul rally who thinks he is owed and apology.
I really want to be more eloquent and write a well thought-out post about this, but I'm just too angry and terrified. I think the anger is obvious, but the terror may not be. On the one hand, the Tea Party is a joke. Christine O'Donnell, anyone?
This Matt Taibbi article from Rolling Stone really kind of lays it out there -- essentially, these people are full of shit. They are Tea Partiers, but they seem to subscribe to the IOKIYAR (It's OK If You're A Republican) philosophy. "Welfare is bad, but don't you dare take away my Medicare!"
The terror comes from the idea that these fuckers could end up in Congress or governorships, or really any sort of position of potential power. That this attitude is okay -- the incredibly thinly-veiled racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, proud ignorance ... What. The. Fuck? It's 2010. It's almost 2011, for Christ's sake. Why does it feel like we're moving backward?
If I wasn't so tired and overworked and so completely flabbergasted and frustrated, I'd write something eloquent and coherent. Or, I hope I would. As it is, I'm trying my best to educate and enlighten. And I'm sure as fuck voting on Tuesday. I can't despair. Not yet.