Republican teabaggers, what’s old is new again

As we bask in the mind-blowing paranoia of the rightwing 9/12 protesters

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… it’s important to keep in mind …

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… that these crazy people aren’t a new phenomenon …

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… they merely were in hiding during the Bush administration …

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… but the craziness is at least as old as the Clinton presidency:

In 1994, Jesse Helms, then-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, claimed that “just about every military man” believes Clinton is unqualified to be Commander-in-Chief and then warned/threatened him not to venture onto military bases in the South: “Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He better have a bodyguard.” The Wall St. Journal called for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the possible “murder” of Vince Foster. Clinton was relentlessly accused by leading right-wing voices of being a murderer, a serial rapist, and a drug trafficker. Tens of millions of dollars and barrels of media ink were expended investigating “Whitewater,” a “scandal” which, to this day, virtually nobody can even define. When Clinton tried to kill Osama bin Laden, they accused him of “wagging the dog” — trying to distract the country from the truly important matters at hand (his sex scandal). And, of course, the GOP ultimately impeached him over that sex scandal — in the process issuing a lengthy legal brief with footnotes detailing his sex acts (cigars and sex talk), publicly speculating about (and demanding examinations of) the unique “distinguishing” spots on his penis, and using leading right-wing organs to disseminate innuendo that he had an abandoned, out-of-wedlock child.

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Pictures via ThinkProgress, HuffPo, and Oliver Willis.

Update
Here’s a video of the teabag nuttery:

(h/t John Cole)

5 Comments

  1. Clint

    There’s something curiously upsetting about armed Right-leaning fanatics who are misinformed and believe they’re getting life version 2 after they die.

  2. Chris

    Maybe that’s why they aren’t worried about access to health care?

  3. Daimao

    Misinformed or not, I don’t really think it’s fair to dismiss all of these teabaggers as crazy or nutjobs. I think that many of them are actually legitimately concerned about the direction the country may be taking. I personally would prefer to see this kind of mobilized dissent over something more restrained. I think it’s healthier for society if you can’t ignore where a portion of its citizens stands on something.

  4. Ian

    Whoopy. Right-wing protesters are as influencial and effective as Left-wing protesters. Nut-jobs all around.

  5. Chris

    Daimao,
    They aren’t all crazy or all nutjobs and there are reasons to be legitimately afraid of the direction of the country.

    However! These protests don’t have a coherent message that speaks to the problems of our time. Obama is not a communist/terrorist/Muslim alien and health care reform is not the first step on the road to Nazi style fascism.

    Any of the problems we’re dealing with now are nothing new: our military adventures abroad, corporate control of Washington, rising national debt. All of those things were happening — accelerating — under George W. Bush, but these protesters were no where to be found.