It’s All About the Spending

9 Mar

Head over to DailyKos to read this story about the how Carl Paladino’s former campaign manager, Michael Caputo became a pariah in the tea party movement in New York. You’ll recall Caputo called on New York’s tea party groups to support Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, arguing that

…if you don’t support the conservative policies of a Democratic governor, you have no credibility to criticize the liberal things he does…

Naturally, this means that the mouth-breathing wing of the tea party is accusing Caputo of being a Cuomo agent while working his ass off all spring, summer, and fall to elect Paladino. Well, probably lots of Paladino’s campaign workers and vendors were Cuomo agents, right?  Maybe that’s why a lot of them haven’t yet been paid by a campaign that ended 4 months ago.  Caputo says,

For every 50 to 100 Tea Party folks who are there for Constitutional principles, one is there simply because we elected a black President. There are wonderful, incredible people in the movement. But when we were at a Tea Party event in Broome County, a leader of that local Tea Party got close in the bar and, to me, quietly made a threat to the President.

(Re: some tea partiers’ charge that Cuomo is paying him) The charge is atrocious. But conspiracy theories are common in the Tea Party. I’m just happy to have one named after me.

Seems like a trend among the fiscally conservative, as the diner where the tea partiers held their confab asked them never to come back.  The reason?

It was the Tea Party, because they stiffed the waiters.

They left a less-than-10 percent tip and the manager went over and said, “We would appreciate it if you don’t come back.” I saw the waitresses. They were visibly upset, because they had been working like crazy, and the Tea Party folks stiffed them.

In any event, get your popcorn out and enjoy the never-ending tea party drama. Hey guys, tell me again about Obama’s birth certificate!

21 Responses to “It’s All About the Spending”

  1. mark March 9, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    now caputo has instant credibility?

    • Alan Bedenko March 9, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Not instant credibility, but a different outlook on a hilarious situation.

  2. Bbill March 9, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Why is it not surprising that teabaggers would stiff waitresses? Once a lowlife, always a lowlife.

  3. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Posting racially divisive crap intended to discredit a large group of people seems to be a popular theme here lately. By your standards, all Democrats must be scumbags because John Edwards is one.

  4. rastamick March 9, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Is AB really posting racially divisive crap here or is he commenting on the racially divisive crap that anyone with 2 eyes and anything more than a brainstem understands is one of the main draws of the group and main (unspoken) platforms of teapartiers ? Ahh the rhetorical interrogative, another divisive liberal ploy…

  5. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    2 wrongs don’t make a “right”.

  6. mark March 9, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    among other transgressions caputo is still trying to rip off the Roycroft Campus in east aurora by naming his impending tea shoppe after their brand. I seriously question anything he says and if he felt a waitress getting “stiffed” on a gratuity is such an issue he shouldv’e kicked in to make up the difference. no puppies got kicked at this event?

  7. Jaquandor March 9, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Frankly, the idea that the Tea Party comprises a 100:1 ratio of “honest people concerned about the Constitution versus dumb racists” is pretty laughable in itself. Where were the Tea Partiers during the Bush Administration? They sure weren’t in the streets or standing up bravely for Constitutional principles.

  8. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Au contraire, I was out in the cold, rain and wind protesting when Cheney came to the Park Lane for a fundraiser.

  9. peteherr March 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Sometimes I wish I had the energy to just create one of these whacko personas like Palin or the lady Alan linked to, and run around the country getting on TV and writing books so I could get rich and then retire as a sensible human being. It’s all so silly.

  10. Fat Tony March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Ah the Tea Party is racist, evil, etc. Reminds me of how the right got blamed for all the nasty talks after the Giffords shooting only. Yes, a few liberals say mean things but nothing like the right and the Tea Party. And then Wisconsin happened with the public sector unions invoking Hitler, Murbarak and calling essentially for hanging the Governor and all that talk about civility died a quick death.

  11. Bbill March 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Where would right wing rhetoric be without straw men and false equivalence?

  12. Jaquandor March 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I suspect that any protests Dick Cheney received weren’t quite the same, or by the same people, or for the same reasons as the Teabagger nonsense nowadays…in fact, I don’t suspect it. I know it.

  13. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Of course the protests weren’t the same. The Secret Service and Buffalo Police were out in full force to confine protestors to limited, distant areas. One person was physically assaulted by the police for stepping one foot off a curb.

    My point is that many in the Tea Party movement people opposed the war-mongering policies of the Bush administration that have been continued by the Obama administration.

  14. STEEL March 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm #


    I don’t remember any tea party decent about anything the Bush regime did. I do remember all the right wingers saying that you were unpatriotic and even a traitor if you complained about Bush war policy.

  15. Bbill March 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Bush’s war policy that didn’t even include war costs as part of the budget. Any wingers that want to defend that one step right up.

    This guy is a teabagger now.

  16. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Steel, the tea party movement coalesced as people became increasingly fed-up with spending, taxes and deficits. That is what drives the movement, not the typical right/left posturing designed to preserve the status quo by deflecting the populace from increasing government control.

  17. Mike In WNY March 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Bush’s war policy that didn’t even include war costs as part of the budget.

    The whole thing is a clusterfuck, including Congress ceding the power to declare war to Bush.

  18. Mr. F.N. Magoo March 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    The Tea Party uses most of the same slogans as did the militias in the 80’s and 90’s. They’re tools of Dick Armey and the Kochs and the Heritage Foundation but aren’t swift enough to realize it. I’m so sick of their apologists trying to paint them as something different. The reason the GOP hierarchy was so quick to embrace the teabaggers is because they created and financed them. Check out the falling numbers of ‘angry’ Americans at Pew Research. Anger is hard to sustain just for its own sake and that’s all the teabaggers have. Once their elected favorites start reneging on their promises and embrace incumbency and all its perks, they’ll fade away. They’re going to be good for splitting moderates off the Republican party in the meantime, though. Thanks to them for that.

  19. STEEL March 10, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    Mike, The tea party showed up the day Obama was elected.  The right wing was in love with Bush and all his spending until they could no longer deny that the economy was in the tank.  McCain could barely bring himself to admit that we were slipping into a deep recession during the campaign. Pretend all you want but the tea party is not about the constitution or about the deficit.  It is a made up thing by some super wealthy industrialists and bankers who are taking advantage of a bunch of poorly informed lazy minded people.

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