Tea Party Convention Off to a Raucous Start

The officially unofficial Tea Party National Convention kicked off last night in Nasville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center with former five-term Colorado GOP Congressman Tommy "the Tamale" Tancredo delivering the opening salvos. Not surprisingly, Tancredo bemoaned that the country voted to ""put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House ... Barack Hussein Obama." He added that the reason Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country." I'm somewhat shocked he didn't advocate for a poll tax or property requirement.

More surprisingly, Tancredo was thankful that John McCain had lost the 2008 Presidential election. "Thank God John McCain lost the election," he said before going on to rip McCain suggesting that “we would have had a replay of Bush One and Bush Two.” Tancredo suggested that McCain would have presided over big budget deficits and lacked a tough stand against immigration.

If McCain had won “there wouldn’t have been a big fight,” he offered by way of an explanation. “There would have been no Tea Party, no 912ers, no rally for America on the National Mall, and we would not be here. The race for America is on. The president and his left-wing allies in Congress are going to look for every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it.” In short, Tancredo feels that the 2008 election has galvanized the right awakening it from a stupor. 

He deplored a "cult of multiculturalism" and suggested the American culture was superior to all others. “How many of you have ever known, read about, heard of, been acquainted with anybody who had to flee from America for a better life? When you raise the gates all over the world, people run one way, and it isn’t because the cultures are all the same. No, they’re not. Some are better. Ours is best."

He concluded by exhorting to the less than capacity audience that "this is our country, let's take it back."

If this is the appetizer, I can hardly wait for the main course. It should be an interesting weekend.

There's more on this story at ABC News while Qatar's Al Jazeera files the report below.


Tags: Tea Party Nation, National Tea Party Convention, Tommy Tancredo (all tags)



in Iowa we're going to see if the Tea Party movement is real

Candidates backed by the Tea Party types are competing in the GOP primaries in IA-03 (Leonard Boswell's district in central Iowa) and IA-02 (Dave Loebsack's district in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids and SE Iowa). In IA-03 Dave Funk has hired the Iowa Tea Party chairman as his political director:


He also hired someone who's active in the "SOAR" group (that's Save Our American Republican, related to Glenn Beck's 9/12 movement, I think).

In the second district, Chris Reed, best known as Tom Harkin's lame Republican opponent in 2008, has locked down endorsements from former presidential candidates Tancredo and Duncan Hunter, as well as a bunch of fringe types: Minutement, 9/12ers, etc:


But Funk and Reed have a lot less money than other Republicans with establishment support:


Reed raised less than $3,000 last year. When you're most famous for calling Tom Harkin "the Tokyo Rose of Al-Qaeda," people don't take you seriously.

by desmoinesdem 2010-02-05 06:46AM | 0 recs
Tancredo has been living off of antiHispanic bigotry his entire career.

Only he calls it immigration reform, and it is primarily the Kennedy-McCain Immigration Act passed by the Senate during the Bush administration that underlies his hate of McCain, IMO.

We really have to blame the people in his district who keep sending this one issue Republican back to Congress every two years. If there is any redeeming quality in Tancredo it is that he is helping to get out the Hispanic vote.

by MainStreet 2010-02-05 09:03AM | 0 recs
RE: Tancredo has been living off of antiHispanic bigotry his entire career.

Tom Tancredo is no longer in Congress.

by Steve M 2010-02-05 10:38PM | 1 recs
Tea Party--It's already been hijacked by GOP Big Bidness

Have you seen how much these clowns are charging to go to their so-called convention?  Well, it $550 door cover charge. That should keep out the rif-raff middle class unwashed masses....Tea Party is a joke....my wifes best friend is a school teacher (you all know how much money they make) -- she and her hubby joined the TeaParty last year--I get great fun telling her how these Bozo's will cut her pay if they get in power......BTW---They PAID SARA PALIN $100,000 show up money to say a few words to the crazies who are rich enough to pay the $550.00 plus travel and hotel etc. to go to this RICHMAN"S  tax break kick off meeting.....

by hddun2008 2010-02-05 11:33AM | 0 recs
Dear Mr. Tancredo

Hey, dickwad, it's not "your" country any longer, if it ever was, and you're not "taking it back."

Sorry about that.  Now go away.

by mjshep 2010-02-05 02:46PM | 0 recs


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