I got your leading conservative intellectual right here

by Michael Bérubé on April 8, 2009

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Inviting one and all to the April 15 <strike>Tin Foil Hat Parades</strike> Tea Parties to protest Obama’s gay Islamic socialism and the Obama Depression it has brought upon us all.  And also to protest fraud in government, a subject about which Newt is an acknowledged expert.

Please join Newt and the “big ideas” people of the new GOP — Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and J. T. Plumber — as they issue their bold new Declaration of Independence from Economic Reality one week from today.

Also, in totally unrelated news, I have <a href=”http://www.michaelberube.com/index.php/weblog/his_dark_materials_or_pullman_pret_a_porter/”>a very long post</a> on Philip Pullman’s <i>His Dark Materials</i> and C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, if you’re interested in such things.  I kept it over there because I didn’t want to burden CT with a 4000-word treatise, which this margin is too small to contain.



Vance Maverick 04.08.09 at 9:31 pm

Yeah, what would Holbo have said if you posted something long here! Anyway, well done (say even I, who lost interest in the Dork Materials sometime in vol. 2).


Kathleen 04.08.09 at 9:34 pm

This can go as easily here as on the other thread — thanks, Michael, for posting the link to the Ellen Willis review of What’s the Matter with Kansas. It’s absolutely right on (and relevant to Tea Party politicking).


MarkUp 04.08.09 at 9:51 pm

I wonder if he’ll get to use his EMP weapon that day. Rumor has it he’s looking to Bachman to be his Palin. Time for a movement.


Michael Bérubé 04.08.09 at 10:11 pm

Vance, I think Holbo would have pinched me for encroachment. He’s done it before.

Kathleen — isn’t that essay a delight, though? We lost Ellen way too soon.

MarkUp, I think Newt is working on an even more powerful weapon that will allow him to send his thoughts directly into our brains, with devastating results.


Righteous Bubba 04.08.09 at 10:17 pm

403 on the Cronenberg…


doug 04.09.09 at 12:15 am

On behalf of tinfoil hat-wearers across the globe, I hereby take offense at your comparison!

I may believe in UFOs, but you’ve got to admit: that looks like pretty solid empirical territory compared to the ideological bird’s nest you’d have to have installed (directly into your central fucking nervous system, by the way) in order for this message to get yer blood a-boilin’. I’m a nut, Michael; it’s not the same as being mean or dumb.

…apology, please?


Antti Nannimus 04.09.09 at 1:19 am


> “conservative intellectual”

*Syntax error
*Does not compute

Have a nice day,


P O'Neill 04.09.09 at 1:20 am

It took me 2 clicks into tea party land to learn that Americans are creating their own currencies and fleeing the debased dollar. I hope that the new Wizard of Oz movie faithfully reflects the competing money parable of the original.


neill 04.09.09 at 1:54 am

it brings joy joy joy unto my heart to think that newt gringrich is the intellectual leader of the republican party. and with gospel-pie eatin’ characters like the newtster & co. — in real life — who needs that fantasy stuff?

okay, that other fantasy stuff…


Michael Bérubé 04.09.09 at 2:57 am

Is anyone else having trouble accessing the movie poster for Scanners @ 4? I keep messing up the, how do you say, hypertext protocols for images stored for use in that other blog.

Doug, I completely agree that the Roswell incident defies rational explanation, and that anyone who believes in the existence of those alien corpses in Area 51 and who receives updates on their comrades’ incipient invasion of our planet is many orders of magnitudinousness more sane than the Party of Teabaggers. To wit, I apologize.

Speaking of which, P O’Neill @ 8, the reason Americans are creating their own currencies is that Obama is planning to replace the dollar with stone tablets that will weigh over 50 kg and cannot be inserted into any ATM.


shannonr 04.09.09 at 3:43 am

>>Obama is planning to replace the dollar with stone tablets that will weigh over 50 kg and cannot be inserted into any ATM.

And they will be hand-carved in China — more US jobs overseas!!! — and feature a portrait of Marx on the obverse, and the words “E Unum Plurubis” on the reverse.


dr ngo 04.09.09 at 5:07 am

Just think how awesome it would have been if Newt Gingrich had come out with this stand against overspending and corrupt government any time in the last eight years!

(And then just think how unthinkable that thought is.)


Thers 04.09.09 at 5:28 am

Professor Berube,

That Muppet video you posted is not very good. I like the Muppets, but the Muppet in that video is scary.

In conclusion, stop showing videos of scary Muppets.


Fortuna 04.09.09 at 7:13 am

I’d rather watch a Hatter and a March Hare stuff a Dormouse into a teapot.

With any luck, maybe those will be the counter protesters.


ajay 04.09.09 at 9:17 am

“E Unum Pluribus” means exactly the same as “E Pluribus Unum”, shannonr. I think you mean “E Uno Plures”.

Obama is planning to replace the dollar with stone tablets that will weigh over 50 kg and cannot be inserted into any ATM.

High time that we abandoned the Altairian Dollar (which has recently collapsed) and made the leap to the Triganic Ningi, if you ask me.


rm 04.09.09 at 12:10 pm

Correct Latin grammar is for elitist eggheads. We know what we mean.

I got a box o’ gold bars right here — no, don’t open it — and some currency I printed up. Wanna invest in my bank?


Paul 04.09.09 at 1:29 pm

Pat Buchanan is good enough for me. Dum spiro spero!


Trevor 04.09.09 at 3:31 pm

But I thought Thomas Sowell was our greatest conservative intellectual? *#

*according to David Mamet
**Conservatives don’t read him anyway
***I’m kidding anyway and don’t care


PG 04.09.09 at 3:50 pm

If anyone goes to these protests, please explain to these folks what “tea bagging,” as a verb form, means to those of us on the other side of the cultural divide.


Michael Drake 04.09.09 at 4:16 pm

A gathering for tea? How Old Europe.


christian h. 04.09.09 at 7:50 pm

What the hell? I’m being out-radicalled by Newt? I demand an ANSWER.


Shawn Crowley 04.10.09 at 6:23 pm

Too much fraud? Government too big? So is Newt for or against financial re-regulation?

This is such old Republican hogwash the tin-foil hat should be replaced with the more established beanie with propeller.


Jaybird 04.11.09 at 3:07 am

You oppose the Iraq War? You one of those ANSWER types? You carrying giant puppets around for fun? You burning the flag? Do you support our troops when they shoot their officers? Are you puking on the Capitol steps for peace?

I just ask because you said you went to an anti-war protest.


Perezoso 04.11.09 at 2:19 pm

Patriotism, the first tactic of Gingriches. The acts of Gingrich and 90’s GOP resulted in the lending crisis, and bailout–though helped along by Billy Bob Clinton (who agreed to most de-reg legislation) . Bushco obviously followed in the Gingrich tradition–evidenced by the slashes of estate taxes, capital gains taxes.

That said, ObamaCo has not shown much interest in kicking tax rates on the ostentatiously wealthy back up to preBush levels, or in anti-trust like policies (Billy Bob C did at least attempt anti-trust on Microsoft). Increase the cap-gains rate on Silicon valley billionaires, and that bailout could be paid off in no time (perhaps unlikely given Google/Yahoo/Apple’s/etc. support of the Obama campaign. Schmidt/Page/Brin have been granted virtual immunity–their Ferraris are safe)


skippy 04.11.09 at 5:15 pm

i’d rather watch a hatter and a march hare stuff a dormouse into a teapot.

funny, that’s just what i thought


Clevelandchick 04.11.09 at 5:22 pm

God love Newt….he didn’t say jack when Bush was tripling the size of the government and spending hundreds of billions invading a country that did nothing to us based on lies. Now he wants government to control spending because ‘his’ party isn’t in power. The only taxes they give a rip about lowering are for those making over 250G’s a year. The Republicans were against Obama lowering taxes for the middle-class. But they’ve roped so many poor fools into believing lowering taxes on millionaires somehow benefits them. It would be sad if it wasn’t so damaging to those of us who know better.

As Warren Buffet is famous for saying “There is a class war going on and my side is winning”.


Not in Murkistan 04.11.09 at 5:51 pm

Silly ‘Murkins in ‘Murk-istan can’t be bothered to notice that tea is imported.


Peter G 04.11.09 at 10:24 pm

I wish they’d start making margins bigger. I had a hell of a time solving Fermat’s last conjecture and all because of small margins.


Soilid 04.12.09 at 11:15 pm

It sure is funny to hear the right talking about teabagging, but it’s also interesting in a way – I was just listening to an episode of The Joan Kenley Show (progressive Bay Area podcast) called The Media: What’s True, What’s Not that addressed how the right-wing corporate media will use catch phrases (like “socialism”) and single-line branding to manipulate the information we hear. After getting in touch with all the ways that’s worked for them, it’s kinda nice to see this entry about a way it clearly is working against them!


fred lapides 04.14.09 at 1:52 am

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