Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

March 23, 2010

Tea Party R.I.P., Part 2–Thank You for Helping to Pass Health Care

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 3:48 pm

I’m glad to se that others are coming to the realization that the Tea Party has become a national disgrace. I’ve been saying it all along, judging from the commenters to my Tea Party posts. Yes this collection of ignorant, thuggish buffoons is the true face of the Tea Party

But now the whole nation has seen it on display last weekend and the reactions are becoming more widespread.

In fact I think it’s fair to say that with your spitting, slurring, mob behavior that weekend, you probably are as much responsible for swinging undecided votes toward a yes on health care than has been acknowledged. With so slim a margin I would imagine at least four undecided Democrats decided to vote yes after realizing that whatever they thought of the health care bill, being associated with the bullying bigots of the Tea Party would sicken their soul

As the New York Timescolumnist Bob Herbert puts it in the column linked above:

“It is 2010, which means it is way past time for decent Americans to rise up against this kind of garbage, to fight it aggressively wherever it appears. And it is time for every American of good will to hold the Republican Party accountable for its role in tolerating, shielding and encouraging foul, mean-spirited and bigoted behavior in its ranks and among its strongest supporters.” (That’s you, TPers)

He cites in particular what I think may have been the turning point, the Tea Party’s most emblematic moment. Or it’s defining viral video. I’ve written about it, linked to it: the despicable harassing and humiliation of a guy with Parkinson’s Disease.

By the way how many of you Tea Partiers have followed my suggestion and, for consistency in your principles, volunteered to refuse Medicare and Obamacare and all other government care that you consider part of a communist/fascist plot? (I know you’re confused about these terms, being largely ignorant of any “history” not on Glenn Beck).

Remember when, God forbid, you should get Parkinson’s or some other horrible disease, you’ll have your fellow TPers you can count on to throw dollar bills at you and mock you. By the way health care has passed. Are we in a tyranny yet?

Who would want to be associated with the type of people who identify themselves as Tea Partiers in the streets of the capital and in the Tea Partier comments on this blog. I savor these comments because they give me the kind of direct access to the TP brain that few liberals have, and I have had great fun laughing at your ignorance and writing about it too. But I won’t laugh at you if you get a disease, count on it. I’ll help sign you up for Obama care.

And thank you for being such a disgrace that you helped pass health care. with your repellant language and behavior.



  1. “volunteered to refuse Medicare and Obamacare and all other government care that you consider part of a communist/fascist plot?”

    I find it funny how if you refuse obamacare you’ll goto jail…

    I refuse medicare I also refuse unemployement money….I have lost jobs 2 times and yet neither time have a filed for unemployment even though i was “entitled”… I could have made between them well over 5,000 dollars in unemployment yet chose not to…

    It is always to see racism and ignorance of your Calue displayed in public…

    When ppl ask me about modern day propaganda based on hate, racism and fake science I need only point them to your pieces… and they quickly understand how hitler and others like you managed to gain power.

    Comment by robotech master — March 23, 2010 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  2. “I savor these comments because they give me the kind of direct access to the TP brain that few liberals have, and I have had great fun laughing at your ignorance and writing about it too. But I won’t laugh at you if you get a disease, count on it. I’ll help sign you up for Obama care.”
    Why do you have to slum with the commentators? Why not simply ask your PJM coworkers? If you want a Tea Party Brain they’ve got it. How can Roger L. Simon enable the Tea Party? Why don’t you ask him?
    Also how come you’re allowed ad hominem attacks while that’s a violation of commenting rule #3?
    Most worryingly, in the immediately preceding post you accused the Tea Party of being an accessory towards a potential assassination attempt on the President.
    ” Or will you accept your share of responsibility when some idiot you’ve jacked up with your vile hysteria actuallly tries it?” [The typo on actually is yours.]
    And now the Tea Party is a laughing matter? Is the Tea Party an ineffective joke or a serious domestic terrorist threat?
    Also Ron, it would be a crime to pull out of Obamacare; the whole individual mandate. Much like how it is a crime to not pay into Medicare. Are you demanding that Tea Partiers break the law?
    Strong words from a man who will only repudiate anonymous Tea Party commentators and not the massive Tea Party enabling New Media empire he himself works for.
    You don’t even address specific comments or say one word about what was written. We really only have your word that you’ve even read them.
    But it’s pointless to talk to you about it.
    Roger L. Simon on the other hand.
    All other readers before you comment please address your complaints to and “Roger Simon” ,

    Comment by Jack — March 23, 2010 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  3. Apologies for the poor formatting.

    Here’s the relevant email.

    Be polite and civil.

    Personally, this is is all that needs to be sent.

    “Who would want to be associated with the type of people who identify themselves as Tea Partiers in the streets of the capital and in the Tea Partier comments on this blog. I savor these comments because they give me the kind of direct access to the TP brain that few liberals have, and I have had great fun laughing at your ignorance and writing about it too.”

    Comment by Jack — March 23, 2010 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  4. Ron Rosenbaum: Same rant different day. Does he get paid for these things?

    Once again he repeats the lies about the Washington D.C. rally dispite the fact that video exists that proves Mr. Lewis claim to be a lie. The Capitol Hill Police have already confirmed that no such incident was report or is under investigation. So much for Mr. Lewis’ claim that the man who spit on him was arrested. Whatever he was in the 1960s, he is a liar now.

    Comment by Kipling — March 23, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  5. “By the way how many of you Tea Partiers have followed my suggestion and, for consistency in your principles, volunteered to refuse Medicare and Obamacare and all other government care that you consider part of a communist/fascist plot?”

    take your gov’t handouts and stick up your tranzis anus

    Comment by newrouter — March 23, 2010 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  6. no let this idiot spead
    i’m becoming a christian scientist so obamacare doesn’t apply to me

    Comment by newrouter — March 23, 2010 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  7. An interesting admission is the outright insularity. For all that Ron mocks his opponents for ignorance, he acts as if an internet forum is a unique and prime place to understand the “Tea Party brain”.

    And he goes on as if this is a special privilege that “few liberals have”. These comments are all public, anyone can see them. So is Ron admitting to a massive willful ignorance on the part of liberals?

    Also, it shows a dramatic insularity that this forum is his special insight. And this assumes. Ron actually reads the comments. Can anyone remember him actually replying to a comment or quoting one from this site?

    Ron does not go out a Tea Party event and watching what they do, nor does he go to one of PJM’s sites and reading reports or watching the videos, for his critical information. No, but these comments are Ron’s special insight.

    Comment by Jack — March 23, 2010 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  8. Once again, this loser provides nothing of value. Just sneering nonsense and malevolent spew.

    Strike 3. I’ve tried 3 times to see if the leftist on the PJM list had anything of value to add. He does not. Just like the entire editorial board at the NYT, I feel safe in ignoring this clown also.

    Comment by DaveT — March 23, 2010 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  9. Yes, The Obamacare legislation passed and The leader rushed to sign it so he could claim a great victory.
    So now we all obey the government and everything will be rosy. Sorry Ron, not even in your deluded fevered brain is such a reality likely. This piece of treachery is not going to be a walk in the park.
    A majority of Americans have been duped and as Mr Lincoln noted ,” you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. ”
    The consequences of trifling with the voters can get nasty sometimes and this looks like one of those times.

    Comment by WRJonas — March 23, 2010 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  10. I assume Ron lives in New York City, and he has never been outside of its environs. More, he has never really met anyone new since before he went to university.

    What has astonished me about Ron’s reaction (and that of the entire American political class) to the Tea Party people is that… those people are respectable taxpayers who WILL VOTE IN 2010.

    Ron should get out of his house more. Really. Meet new people. Do a road trip to, oh Minneapolis. Stay in a roadside motel. Get some sleep. Do some prozac. Really.

    Comment by heathermc — March 23, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  11. Here is a tally of comments for the last 3 columns by RR and VDH:

    First, our dear pal Ron: 10, 28, 24 & 12

    Now, for the esteemed Professor Hanson:
    327, 168, 326 & 85.

    Poor Ron. His teabagging has failed to arouse the attention he craves so much.
    However, I believe you have reached a new milestone! A whopping 8% of the attention that respectable commentators get. Keep digging! 9% is within your grasp!

    Comment by Robert F — March 23, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  12. Ron just publicly acknowledged how bad 0bamacare will be for the nation by attempting to blame the Tea Party for it. I guess that’s one way to try and make 0-care ‘bipartisan’ so the Leftist don’t have to take all the blame when it crushes us.

    -And, here I thought 0-care got passed because of a whimpy blue-dog ‘pro-lifer’ who caved.


    ¡spıʞ ɹoɟ ǝɹɐ sʞɔıɹʇ ‘ɯnɐquǝsoɹ uoɹ ʎzɐɹɔ

    Comment by Delia — March 23, 2010 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  13. Instead of demonizing people within your borders, Rosenbaum, why not demonize people outside the borders of the US.

    Ann Coulter, like Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, had a speaking engagement at a Canadian post secondary institute. Guess what? It got cancelled.

    Keep in mind, eco-crazies around the globe, who have a hostility unparalleled towards humankind, they are funded via American foundations. Is accountability a verboten word in your vocabulary?

    Comment by David W. Lincoln — March 23, 2010 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  14. I think the picture on the upper right hand corner indicates the mental status of this individual.

    Comment by Pedro — March 24, 2010 @ 12:46 am | Reply

  15. Wrong again, Ron. The Tea Party is on and the socialist totalitarian utopia is going nowhere.

    Comment by Gary Ogletree — March 24, 2010 @ 4:59 am | Reply

  16. Ron – You are welcome. We made it take 14 months and exposed the corruption of the DNC in the process.

    At this rate, there will be Republican majorities in both houses of Congress long before any more damage can be done. Then roll-back and repeal can get underway.

    Comment by Old Soldier — March 24, 2010 @ 5:47 am | Reply

  17. #14 Pedro:
    “I think the picture on the upper right hand corner indicates the mental status of this individual.”

    I don’t know how you can glean that from his portrait, but you can get a glimpse of his weltanschuung from his writings:

    “I savor these comments because they give me the kind of direct access to the TP brain that few liberals have, and I have had great fun laughing at your ignorance and writing about it too.”

    Mr. Rosenbaum apparently imgaines himself as the “undercover Jew” who disguised himself in a brown shirt and has surreptitiously spent a few evenings in some Munich beer hall with the boys from the Stormtroopers.

    It’s a rather common affliction among Jews, to see “Nazis” even where no Nazis really exist.

    Rosenbaum, this isn’t Gernmany of the 1930’s, and largely only a very few people on the right really GAS that you’re Jewish.
    (In fact, I’d be more worried about those kinds of volk from the moonbat sweat-lodge, were I you).

    You can’t undo what was done, so give it a rest and get current.

    What you can do is help fight the institution of one component of National Socialism.

    Because it occurs that when the Man pays your medical bills,he will have full and unfettered access to your billing records…and then he might decide that someone like yourself, who say, has had the Feds pay for a few drug and alcohol treatment programs as well as venereal disease treatments, shoudn’t be so “Politically Active”.

    And if you think that that kind of thing doesn’t happen, then you don;t know much about the Alleged Hawaiian’s campaign history…or the Clinton Administration before it.

    Comment by Bilgeman — March 24, 2010 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  18. I get it. The loud clown hanging over the dunk tank at the PJM fair? Only here, it is free for us to toss the balls. Kind of the Geraldo Rivera of PJM News?

    Though no member of any tea party, perhaps I should join if you’re the opponent.

    Look weakling, smart people understand how you play the game. See if you can identify one loon and smear the entire movement on account – a rank propagandist who learned Goebbels well during his studies. Congratulations.

    Only this time, you can’t document proof of one epithet, so you make dream something up. I’m sure during the Tawana Brawley scandal you were cheer leading against the evil white men, during the Duke “rape case”, you joined up with the faculty to declare guilt of the fraternity brothers, were probably branding the guns owners little Timothy McVeighs after the Murrah Building in OKC, blah blah blah.

    I called you a coward with a pen yesterday. I should have prefaced coward with pretentious, one seeking to cause strife.

    You’re not even worthy to be called journalist. You’re a hack of preconceived notions and confirmation bias, not interested in truth.

    Comment by Tex Taylor — March 24, 2010 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  19. So, to prove that the thinking about the Tea Parties is getting widespread, Ron goes to Bob Herbert, uber-lib extraordinaire race hustler, to justify his preconceived notion. How dare you Tea Parties participate in democracy! We will not argue your merits because you have no merit! Look! All of you are racists and homophobes because one person was not lambasted for saying such comments (which was proven to be false)!

    You are a sorry sack of skin and one wonders if Roger Simon et al. only keeps you around so that we are reminded of the sorry state of liberalism.

    Comment by Chris Bolts Sr. — March 24, 2010 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  20. Nothing encountered on the blogs has so disturbed me as Ron Rosenbaum’s reaction to the Tea Party crowd. It is so far from my own reaction that it leaves me discombobulated. I have purchased and read several of Ron’s books finding them a wonderful read.
    I suspect we see the price paid for a political party and it’s trumpet the MSP. The slander directed at middle class Americans, largely white has stuck like poison. The lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.

    Comment by Fred J Harris — March 24, 2010 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  21. Freedom of speech is under threat. Is Rosenbaum going to offer help to find out how much of this is attributable to the US?

    Ann Coulter was treated most shabbily at the University of Ottawa. The threat of violence silenced her. So, will Rosenbaum lift a finger to find out how much of the money to pay for this intimidation comes from the US?

    I will not hold my breath, because it is easier, yet more culturally expensive, to employ a double standard, rather than put in the effort to adhere to one standard for all. For it is one thing to use ridicule, or satire, it is something else to limit freedom of speech.

    The thought also came to mind, light tends to attract bugs. I consider this to be true
    on both sides of the political arena.

    It is one thing to allow people to speak, but
    it is something else to turn a deaf ear, or a
    blind eye, to what they communicate, lest they contaminate themselves with what goes against their interests at that given time.

    Comment by David W. Lincoln — March 24, 2010 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  22. (‘Nuff said)

    Comment by ConservativeWanderer — March 24, 2010 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  23. PJM’s Zombie looks into the protest movement that is spiraling into obscurity as a mass of paranoid, anti-government, hateful kooks drive off any sane potential sympathizers.

    Oh wait, Zombie is a pseudonym. Nevermind. We all know what Ron thinks of people like that.

    Comment by Jack — March 24, 2010 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  24. Considering that there is absolutely no proof, corroborating evidence or eyewitness testimony to any of what allegedly happened to Barney Frank and the other congressman (CBC and NAACP, forgot his name) your column is, as usual a vapid exercise in ennui.

    Now, shall we contrast the Tea Party protests with those of the left against any of the WTO conferences, or what the Earth Liberation Front or what PETA does? Protests that always involve violent confrontation, vandalism and worse?

    Nope. Can’t do that, can we?

    Comment by J.J. Sefton — March 24, 2010 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  25. #17 Bilgeman: I worked with people with mental disorders. If that photo was approved by the writer of this blog then I rest my case.

    Comment by Pedro — March 25, 2010 @ 3:34 am | Reply


    Ron Rosenbaum approves the following actions.

    “3:40 p.m. The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism agsinst the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., where Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, has a campagn office.

    Police said a first floor window was struck by a bullet at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The building was not occupied, police said. A preliminary investigation determined that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window at a downward direction, landing about a foot from the window. The bullet had enough force to break the windowpane but not penetrate the window blinds, according to a news release.

    There are no suspects, Gene Lepley, a spokesman for the department, said.

    (This has been a breaking news update. Earlier stories are posted below.)

    Rep. Eric Cantor says this afternoon that a gunshot was fired through a window of his downtown Richmond campaign office building either last night or two nights ago.

    There were no injuries or other details immediately reported. Cantor, in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, said he doesn’t know whether the shot was random or aimed at the building.

    He said he doesn’t know if anyone was in the building when the shot was fired. Richmond police are investigating, he said.

    In Washington, Cantor said at a news conference that he has also received threatening e-mail, The Associated Press reported.

    Cantor, in Washington, attributed the actions to his being in the House GOP leadership and being Jewish.

    The office of Republican Jean Schmidt of Ohio also released a profanity-laced phone message in which the caller accused the GOP of being racist and, referring to an accident two years ago when Schmidt was hit by a car while jogging, said “you should have broke your back, b… .“”

    To quote Ron Rosenbaum

    “Clearly the evil tea parities must be stopped…. even if that means assassination… the tea party must be stopped and anyone who votes against health care must die.”

    Well at least old Ron Rosenbaum is now being honest in his support to the killing of anyone who opposes obama or his socialist plans. “Silence equals complicity.”

    Comment by robotech master — March 25, 2010 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  27. Mr. Rosenbaum, How do you feel about the shooting of Rep. Cantor’s office by a leftist? Will you repudiate it? Remember, silence equals approval.

    Comment by Kipling — March 25, 2010 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  28. The Roberts Court should find the individual mandate provision unconstitutional, as the Feds do not have the right to fine a citizen for not buying a product on the market. Did anyone notice that this legislation (mush of which I support) was an amendment to the IRS code, not a legislative triumph duly titled like The Voting Rights Act? Proves the TPeers’ point that this is a massive redistribution of wealth and expansion of the taxing power. While the violence of the TPeers is reprehensible, the left is only getting back the mirror image on its demonization of President Bush. The right, however, cannot object to the legislative machinations over the Senate Bill: they did the same during the Clinton impeachment by advancing the articles passed by a lame duck Congress. Ron is very courageous to raise his vorpal blade against the TPeers; he is also myopic in not acknowledging that they are justified in their populist anger. Look at your phone bill, Ron, or any mortgage statement: the power to tax and withold credit is the power to destroy. Fortunately, the Obamites are finally getting around to some genuine populist reform: it would behoove the right wing nuts to support these moves, which are in their best interest, just as it would hve suited the humam rights left to support Bush’s wars. Hooray for the drones the military tribunals, single payer, mortgage relief, anti-trust action against Goldman Sachs, support of Israeli settlements, taking out Teheran’s nukes, seizing the Saudi oil fields and putting the screws to China until its Communist Party is overthrown. Between the TPeers and the stupid left, who are secret shares on the wrong side of every issue, none of this will get done.

    Comment by charlie finch — March 26, 2010 @ 10:39 am | Reply

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