Protesting the protestors

by Karen Topakian


The Tea Party folks. The ones whose core values include, Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. The folks who protest health care reform and oppose government bailouts of the auto and banking industries. Will be protesting in February…at their own convention.

That’s right. And for the same reasons.

The ticket price for the two-day convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville costs $550. But hey, it includes a steak and lobster dinner and a chance to hear keynote speaker Sarah Palin (who will be well compensated for her appearance to the tune of $100,000 which she said she will donate to campaigns, candidates and issues).

Apparently not everyone thinks it’s worth it. Though it is sold out.

Local tea party leaders from Tennessee will be attending a counter-convention elsewhere in Nashville this Saturday. Some activists are discussing protesting at the February convention itself.

A for-profit corporation, Tea Party Nation, is running the event with the initial expectation that it would be a moneymaker for conservative 527 groups. Instead, the whole event could end up costing Judson Phillips, the Tennessee lawyer who controls Tea Party Nation.

Some sponsors have withdrawn their support because of infighting and unusual finances.

How heartwarming to know that the right wing isn’t nearly as well organized and savvy as we might have thought. And that infighting can occur on both sides of the aisle.

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