Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dana Loesch's Phony Outrage

Ready the fainting couch: Dana Loesch has got the vapors. She's just so offended that Jeff Roorda used the term "teabaggers" when he was speaking on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.

However, as pointed out here: Loesch makes "teabagger" jokes frequently, and doesn't seem to be offended by herself:

Oh yeah, and the term was originally used by right-wing activists.

Nobody does completely disingenuous outrage like the Right.


  1. Haha! I was dearly hoping you'd post something about this.

  2. It is really, truly pathetic that someone who stands so proudly on having our elected public officials spend their time working for the people would waste so much time and effort on something so ridiculous and mundane. It is not to be compared to Joe Wilson yelling "Liar" as it is not the same thing and not in the same context.

    Dana needs to get a fucking life and stop crying over spilled milk. Everyone knows the teabaggers are against the healthcare movement which is exactely what Roorda said.

    From wikipedia:
    The label "teabagging" has been applied to Tea Party protests in general,[57] and to the specific protest gesture of mailing a tea bag to the White House.[58][59] The label has prompted puns based on pre-existing use of the word to denote oral–scrotal contact as a sex act or prank. This labeling has been deplored by Tea Party activists as insulting, dismissive, and elitist.[57] An article in by Alex Koppelman traced the controversy to a photograph by David Weigel posted on The Washington Independent website on 27 February,[60] showing a protester holding a sign that read "Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You!!"[61] Weigel's report was referenced by bloggers, including Wonkette, who used "teabagging" or "teabagger" in their headline.[60] In a 14 March report on Fox News, Griff Jenkins said, " has a headline, 'Teabag the fools in DC on Tax Day.' They want you ... to take a tea bag, put it an envelope, and mail it to the White House."[59] Koppelman speculates that Jenkins was more likely than to have been aware of the double entendre; he summarizes, "for the most part conservatives haven't actually been using the words in such a way as to lend themselves to double entendre. With one or two exceptions, almost all of it has actually been coming from the left."[60] Cartoonist Mark Fiore, who produced a satirical piece for NPR ridiculing the Tea Party Movement, claims to have received death threats because of the piece.

  3. I look Loesch's suggestion and wrote my local representative. Here is what I said:

    I saw the clamor Dana Loesch and her followers are making over Roorda's "teabagger" comment. I feel our elected officials have more important things to do to make our state a better place than deal with the tea party's dramatized overraction to what may have been a poor choice of words. As a constituent, I would much rather see the Missouri House focus on those issues that truly matter and impact all of Missouri's residents. Please do not let Dana Loesch and her ilk fool you in to thinking anyone really cares about Roorda's comment, because we don't.