Start your weekend right with this small example of how Bob Ellis is flat wrong. He responds to a commenter on his "Dakota" Voice blog with this comment about Tea Bags:
I've been monitoring the Tea Party movement since the very first day it started, and have been deeply involved with the Tea Party movement for almost that long, and I have yet to hear or read of a single Tea Party person referring to themselves as a "teabagger." I have only heard "mainstream" media members and other liberals use this obscene term, usually because they have no meaningful or legitimate counter to the charges of financial irresponsibility leveled by the Tea Party movement [Bob Ellis, comment, "Dakota" Voice, 2010.04.07].
If Mr. Ellis spent less time listening to the sound of his own Voice, he might have noticed this:
He’s the main tea party man hereabouts.
And he’s just fine with “teabagger.”
“I will stand up proudly and say I’m a teabagger,” Republican state Sen. Gordon Howie said today.
...Howie doesn’t think the use of “teabagger” in describing those involved in the Tea Party movement is the least bit effective at that.
Nor is he offended by it.
“I will stand up proudly and say, ‘I’m a teabagger,’” he said.
All I can say to that is: Hear-hear, senator, hear-hear [Kevin Woster, "Standing up proudly for the true meaning of the term," Mount Blogmore, 2009.12.29].
Woster's article was cited in this blog post about Gordon Howie, to which Mr. Ellis has submitted over a dozen comments, at least five of them before his comment about not one "single Tea Party person" adopting the term in question. (Ah, but Mr. Howie is a married Tea Party person.)
Ellis can ignore us libs all he wants. But Ellis is shouting his platitudes so loudly, he can't even hear the comments of his own guy, the most prominent Tea Bag actually running for office in South Dakota.
Let's throw a few more pebbles at Mr. Ellis's Cone of Isolation:
- Tea Party protesters used the term "teabag" in its sexual context at the earliest Tea Party events. The movement gave liberals the idea.
- This right-wing blogger advocated co-opting the term à la early Christians back in August.
- Apparent conservatives debate co-opting the term at ResistNet.com.
- Google "I'm a teabagger" and "proud"... those results are all just liberals perpetrating a vast hoax, right?
- I assume the wearers of these items would embrace the verb and noun forms.
- "There are even signs at Tea Party movement events that proclaim 'I'm proud to be a teabagger.'"