Libertarians Freaking out over the Republicans stealing their tea bags.


As conservatives coalesce in nationwide protests against rising taxes, government spending and what they call the “bailout mentality” of President Barack Obama’s Administration, the ship appears to have sprung a leak.

Speaking on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show Tuesday evening, Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) media coordinator Steve Gordon decried what he characterized as an attempt by mainstream conservative Republicans to hijack a long-cherished libertarian cause. Paul was a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination last year.

Gordon brought Maddow a gift of Southern tea bags — using them as a metaphor for what he said was a Southern version of conservatism, sweetened by taxes and deficit spending.

Gordon singled out former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Georgia native, and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

“Newt Gingrich is a good example,” Gordon said. “He could be one of these two tea bags because he likes his tea bags sweetened with TARP [Troubled Asset Relief Program] funding. This other one could be Mike Huckabee, ‘Tax Hike Mike’ because he likes his tea bag sweetened with tax increases. So you see we’ve got a bunch of republican, senior Republican officials in the deep south who can’t tell if their tea bags are swinging from the left or the right.”


Filed under Political Reform, Republicans, The Economy

7 responses to “Libertarians Freaking out over the Republicans stealing their tea bags.

  1. Did someone once say something along the lines of, “divided they fall”?

    Maybe they can find common ground in their hate.

  2. Or maybe the definition at Urban Dictionary 6167 shared will be how they find common ground.

  3. The libertarians feel as if they are being co-opted with these “tea parties”, and rightfully so, IMHO. What did they expect?

    True libertarians, of course, are about as far away from the social conservatives who are trying to run the GOP as the social conservatives are from the “evil liberals”. While I do not subscribe to their ideals, I find it admirable that the libertarians can remain consistent in their beliefs; a consistency that is only obtainable by a small group.

  4. lilacluvr

    I saw the Rachel Maddow show last night and found this guest to be quite enlightening. He is correct about the Deep South Republicans. These people don’t want to pay taxes but yet they rant and rave when their welfare checks are a day late, the road is torn up from their pickup trucks, or the local schools are falling down.

    I suspect there is alot of inbreeding involved.

  5. lilacluvr

    6176 – I have never seen the Libertarians be so mean spirited, judgmental and just downright hate-filled like the Social Conservative Republicans.

  6. lilac, exactly. A true libertarian is more or less a “live and let live” type, not interested in the government being involved in their lives, against taxes as a general principle, but recognizing that there are some necessary functions which must be undertaken by government such as national defense.

    Back in the day when the fiscal conservatives were in charge, so to speak, the GOP was a bit closer to the libertarians on many issues than it finds itself in the present.

  7. wicked


    Shame on you!