February 18, 2010, - 12:34 pm

CPAC Tea Party Launch Event Hosted By Anti-Semitic, Israel-Hating, Tax-Defrauding Islamic Terrorist Buddy

By Debbie Schlussel

The Tea Party activists, who claim they are anti-establishment, are actually very establishment, after all.  So establishment that they’ve embraced the same anti-Semitic, Israel-hating, Islamo-panderers that the conservative movement has embraced.  No, I’m not talking about Sarah Palin telling FOX News’ Chris Wallace that she takes the advice of Hitler-fan Pat Buchanan’s syndicated columns (she did say that).

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Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist: 1/2 of the Islamo-Sleazebag-a-Palooza Goes to Prison. The Other Half is in the Tea Party.

I’m talking about Grover Norquist,  whose Americans for Tax Reform is a major sponsor of the Tea Party launch event, Tea Party Patriots’ manifesto, at today’s start of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference).  Norquist bragged to Politico that he is behind the tea party activists’ presence at CPAC.  That’s braggadocio the tea party people would run away from if they truly abhor anti-Semitism, anti-Israel activism, and Muslim extremism.  But they aren’t running the other way.  They are embracing Norquist.  And Norquist isn’t just embraced by Tea Partiers in Washington or in town for CPAC, but by key Tea Party leaders, organizers, and activists in every state, whom he’s traveled to meet and who also embrace him and ask him for guidance.

Many in the know refer to his organization as “Arabs for Tax Reform,” for good reason.  Even Norquist’s ATR business cards are bilingual, with everything in Arabic on the flip side (or perhaps the main, with English on the flip side).

Norquist, a founder and board member of the Islamic Institute (which operated out of his offices), was on the take from Gulf state emirates and laundered money for his buddy Jack Abramoff.  At Islamic Institute (which operated out of Abramoff’s Americans for Tax Reform offices), he employed Khalid Saffuri, an admitted funder of “the martyrs”–he adopted HAMAS homicide bombers’ families and funded them.  And Norquist and Islamic Institute accepted cash from several “charities” which laundered money for the Saudi government to Al-Qaeda. Norquist got a top Bush White House job for Suhail Khan, whose father, Mahboob Khan, twice brought Al-Qaeda biggie Ayman Al-Zawahiri into the country to raise money for Al-Qaeda at the elder Khan’s mosque. The younger Khan proceeded to invite extremist Muslim clerics, such as one who described Jews as a “dirty little tribe,” to hang out with President Bush.

And then there is my own experience with the Islamic McCarthyism that is the Norquist brand:

Norquist got the spineless Heritage Foundation (and its Islamic lobbyist chief, Edwin Feulner, whom he took on a trip to meet the emir of Qatar) and the Town Hall site, which Heritage then owned, to remove my columns, because he was upset that I wrote about Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s embrace of Hezbollah, terrorist state Syria, and anti-profiling laws for Arabs and Muslims.  Norquist, a National Rifle Association board member, who got the NRA to revoke a written invitation to me to speak at its annual national convention because he was upset that I wrote about his close friend, Sami Al-Arian’s founding, involvement in, and terrorist fundraising for Islamic Jihad (a bombing he funded murdered New Jersey college student, Alisa Flatow, a friend of my sister’s).  The NRA revoked the dis-invitation only when I was about to discuss their behavior on the Howard Stern syndicated radio show.

Yes, this is the man the conservative movement embraces, and whom Karl Rove shielded from Justice Department prosecution, even though he laundered money for Jack Abramoff through Americans for Tax Reform and defrauded U.S. taxpayers who gave up the taxes on the millions Norquist laundered through his tax-deductible organization for Indian Tribes Abramoff represented and who wanted to protect their gambling fiefdom.  There is no difference between ACORN’s tax fraud and misuse of its tax deductible status and that of Norquist and his ATR. Yet conservatives continue to embrace him, and Norquist brags to Politico about how he got away with it:

Norquist said he’s worked to bring on board tea party activists and hasn’t faced any backlash from those who see him as part of the establishment or who hold against him his involvement in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Yup, Grover Norquist one of the not-so-know, same-old-establishment faces of the Tea Party movement.

The next time Tea Party activists say they aren’t the Republican Party and that they’re a grass roots movement, ask them why they embrace criminal fat-cat K Street lobbyists like Grover Norquist as one of their key people.

Many readers have asked why I haven’t promoted the Tea Party activists or their events on my site. This is one of the major reasons why. I don’t support people who support anti-Semites and Israel-haters, not to mention out-and-out criminals like Norquist, who lucked out and escaped prosecutoin. Until and unless the Tea Party movement activists strongly and publicly denounce him and sever any ties to him, I want nothing to do with them.

With their Norquist alliance, the Tea Party activists have demonstrated in spades that they are just the same old Republican establishment. A lot of smoke and mirrors.

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Just in case you’re wondering, CPAC organizer David Keene has appeared at Islamic events, opposing the war on terror, and, in fact, the only official CPAC event on Islamic terrorism at CPAC, also opposes the war on terror.

Then, there is the CPAC self-promotion-fest put on by Scamela Geller and Robert Spencer, which isn’t really about jihad.  It’s about promoting her shrieking, and his bizarre lap-dogging of her shrieking.  When it comes to jihad, she’s already displayed her true colors to us.  Gee, I wonder how much of  Geller’s and her then-hubby’s car loan fraud business (using Muslim straw buyers and resulting in the successful murder of the one informant who was talking to police–a Black car salesman) is going to pay for this event.

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80 Responses

Thank you Ms. Schlussel for being so honest.

Irene on February 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

What is this guy’s claim to fame? Why does he have any Conservative credentials or influence? I am at a total loss as to why he has a presence at any (ostensibly) Conservative function.

JLin on February 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

…I suggest doubters start here:

http://www.zimbio.com/War+on+Terrorism/articles/5Wh2PqbTKUI/Pamela+Geller+Pretty+Hate+Machine+Links+Used

Nick Fury on February 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Her my original post on Pamela Geller, there is more, much much more……

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Pamela Geller’s Pretty Hate Machine With Links to Used Car Scam and Murder at Universal Auto World in Lawrence Where Muslim Straw Buyers Like Nazeem Mohamed Were Used.

http://www.billwarnerpi.com/2010/01/pamela-gellers-pretty-hate-machine-with.html

Bill Warner on February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Grover Norquist is an outright traitor.

Arius on February 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Wow. Another one bites the dust. I never knew this about Norquist.

Skunky on February 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

So are you saying that the whole Tea party thing is worthless? It does seem like almost everybody associates with muslims that have ties to extremists. Was she overblowing the Rivka Berry thing too?

sam on February 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

If we can’t keep our own political house clean, how can we fix America?

yonason on February 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Not to change the subject, well I’m not really chaning it, becuase my comment does involve Islamic radicals and taxes, by way of America, so it sort of fits: Why does Joe Stack’s Internet trails lead back to Antalya, Turkey. For years. What’s important about Antalya Turkey wrt. Islamic fundamentalism and extremism? Why did his Turkish ISP change his FB picture a few days ago to a rather ghoulish anonymous one. Sinan Can Imamoglu.

Diamondring on February 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

PS Skunky, if you take up studying 9/11 financing trails you will know a whole lot more about the terrorist ash kissing traitor Grover Norquist. If Khalid Sheikh Mohammed goes on civil trial instead of military trial, then Norquist should stand there shoulder to shoulder with him, he’s on MY list to stand trial for 9/11. I think that Norquist should stand civil trial anyway. However, we have an Armand Hammer / Hitler Wet Dream Come True for US Pressy. So not happening I don’t think.

Diamondring on February 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Diamond, thanks for the tip. I will take your sage advice.

    Skunky on February 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Kind of heartwarming in a depraved sort of way that conservatives and neo-libs can find a common ground in their anti-Semitism, Jew-hating, thinly-veiled neo-Nazism. Finally, Jew-hating can come out of the closet via a weird alliance with muslims.

DS_ROCKS! on February 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

There was always something a little fishy about these “Tea Parties”. I could never quite put my finger on it, but my 6th sense told me that whatever their good intentions, there had to be some kooks and/or bad-guys involved somewhere. The law of averages makes that almost a certainty.

Thank you for fishing one of those bad-guys out.

I’m not exactly sure what Pam Geller and Robert Spencer have to do with this, but I don’t visit their blogs regularly. Frankly (and I’ve said this many times) I find Geller’s blog difficult to read; her stories hard to follow.

There is NO Santa Claus on February 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    TNSC – I think Debbie was referring to something called the Freedom Defense Initiative which is having an event at CPAC. I have received at least one email about this that even included a phone number to call Pam.

    I used to read both Pamela’s web site and Robert’s regularly. I don’t do so now. What Pamela did with respect to the Rifqa Barry rally by promoting the Mother who was an accomplice to the Islamic honor killing of her two daughters is disgusting. Robert defended Pamela.

    I_AM_ME on February 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm

As a Tea Party member I object to Grover Norquist and intend to send this information Debbie’s provided to Jim Hoft of Gatewaypundit.

james walleye on February 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

The problem with the majority of Americans are they’re stupid. Plain and simple. Find a movement or a cause to rally around and eventually the flock of sheep will follow without question. “We” praise Obama without bothering to find out the truth. “We” praise Palin without bothering to find out who and what she actually stands for and “they” dismiss any negative about her without question.
People will flock to the tea party movement because it’s the closest voice to air our frustrations against the current government, but noone is concerned about who is financing the movement. There is no simple solution to the many problems facing our nation but the one common fact still remains. Keep pandering to the Muslims and WE will get burned.

perception of truth on February 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I wonder how many more Anti-Semites there are helping to lead or direct this Tea Party movement. Any guesses?

Jarhead on February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I never knew that stuff about Geller, and responded earlier without having read the end of Debbie’s article – not a bright move, I admit. If DS removes any or all my previous posts, I’m fine with that. As to Spencer, an exchange I had with him once showed him to be as irrational as any Lefty, so I guess I should have realized that if Geller couldn’t spot him as an idiot, I should have put more distance between myself and her work.

Apologies to Debbie for my carelessness, and appreciation for her attention to detail.

yonason on February 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    (In the above, “you” was yonason.)

    skzion on February 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Debbie, I will NO LONGER visit Atlas Shrugs!

Bob Porrazzo on February 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Norquist is everything DS says about him and more. Open borders. Civil trials for terrorists. A paid lobbyist for the Saidis. In spite of what he says, he does not represent the tea partyers.

P: So long as the Tea Party organizers and activists (in every state) continue to meet with and consult him and have him as a co-sponsor of their events, he, in fact, DOES represent the Tea Partiers. Until they speak out loudly against him and cut ties with him, he continues to be a part of the Tea Party movement. Period. No excuses. DS

pat on February 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm

There is no doubt that the Republican Party hacks are trying to co-opt the Tea Party, and have been meeting with a lot of success.

I have no doubt that few if any Tea Party activists have challenged their ‘leaders” association with Norquist, etc., which is not a good sign.

Leaderless movements are always at risk for being co-opted by better-organized opportunists.

That being said, the Tea Party movement is extremely decentralized, and much of the rank and file doesn’t have the political sophistication to be aware of the issues of co-option, the caving in to Muslims, and so on.

I think it is worth keeping an eye on the local organizations, trying to influence them in a positive direction where possible, and watching for positive trends. My guess is that in a decentralized organization such as this, there will be some positive developments in the future, along with the negative ones you describe, although the positive developments, to the extent they occur, will be on a local level. I certainly hope so, and I will be disappointed if this doesn’t happen.

As an example, suppose J.D. Hayworth wins the primary in Arizona against McCain. He certainly won’t be influenced very much by Palin, as she is supporting his opponent. He is unlikely to be sympathetic to Norquist either, as Norquist, too, is supporting his opponent John McCain. Hayworth has certainly been vocal in advocating stricter border controls against Muslims, and I suspect he would want much stricter vigilance and enforcement against them.

I’m not saying this what will happen, but it is possible, and shows the range of possibilities that can happen. Right now the opportunists have the ball, and things might stay that way, but I don’t think the issues have been decisively settled as of yet.

LA: Actually, Norquist hates McCain because he investigated Norquist’s illegal money-laundering scams with Jack Abramoff. Of note is the fact that Norquist pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked about his activities by McCain and his Senate committee. DS

Little Al on February 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

And for the record, I have tremendous respect for Caroline Glick, but I do think she has a tendency to overreact when she addresses US politics, e.g. her recent column praising Palin. Palin’s support for Israel is general, and she hasn’t to my knowledge, addressed specific issues such as the US making available equipment to combat the Russian upgrades Iran will soon get; I’m also not aware of any solutions she has posed to the Iranian threat that go beyond the hackneyed calls for (ineffective) sanctions.

LA: Caroline Glick was a cheerleader of the Hezbollah-supporting, Jew-hating Iranian protesters and on the negotiating team of the horrible Oslo agreement that, for all intents and purposes, cut Israel up and amputated it beyond acceptability (including giving up sovereignty rights and property lines to the US, Russia, France, Great Britain, and other parts of Europe), and from which Israel may never recover. Palin said in the interview Glick cites that anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Hitler Pat Buchanan is her mentor and she cited a column of his.

Palin also told Barbara Walters that Jews have a right to Israeli settlements, not because it’s Jewish land (which it is), but because the Jewish population is expanding and it needs a place to live. That’s BS, along with Palin’s incorrect acknowledgement that the West Bank is Arab land. It isn’t, but she hasn’t a clue. The Jewish population of Israel is NOT expanding and that’s NOT why Jews should be allowed to live there. It’s Jewish land and Jews can live wherever they want, even if it were not. Palin didn’t know this because Palin is a complete ignoramus and knows nothing on the issue, other than what she’s instructed to parrot (which Bush did when he ran and he was smarter than she is–he was even more pro-Israel when he ran and look how he turned out, so dumb that anti-Israel Powell and Rice ran the show).

Caroline Glick also conveniently skips Sarah Palin’s open endorsement and donation to the campaign of complete nut, 9/11 truther, anti-Gitmo, pro-Iran bizarro Rand Paul, against a real conservative. With this, as with many other recent columns, Glick has shown herself to be of little value with zero insight, and just a gushing echo chamber of conventional wisdom. She used to do great work. But something changed. Could be all the money she’s taking as a “scholar in residence” from certain conservative groups who embrace frauds like Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser. Regardless of the reason, she’s no longer reliable or a source of any important observation. DS

Little Al on February 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Debbie – You are correct that Caroline Glick does not add much value when discussing a lot of things. This includes her analysis of the American (and other non Israeli) political situation as it relates to Israel.

    The above having been said, she will be the first to tell you that Oslo was a horrible mistake. In fact much of what she writes now is based on what she learned from that (She might not admit to that, but I can see it in how she writes).

    She is a very good source for analyzing the mistakes being made by the current Israeli government on what needs to be done militarily (but not diplomatically or PR wise) to confront the physical threats faced by Israel.

    Of course I am slightly biased since I went to the same grade school as she and her family (her oldest brother was only 2 years behing me in a very samll school – my 8th grade class had a total of 7 students).

    CG: She may once have been a good source for this stuff, but that time is long past. These days, she is a paid hack for Frank Gaffney and echoes his idiocy about everything from the Iranian protesters to Sarah Palin. Oh, and she claims “The Hurt Locker,” one of the only pro-soldier movies to come out in a decade, is “liberal” and “anti-war.” The woman is clueless. Stick a fork in it. She’s done. Oh, and as for military expertise, I’ll consult an Israeli general, not a slobbering fan of the Hezbollah Iranian “democracy” protesters. As for physical threats to Israel, she made enough of ‘em with Oslo, and she won’t be the first to tell that she was at fault by even participating in it. DS

    I_AM_ME on February 19, 2010 at 8:45 am

I don’t think Sarah Palin is a friend of the Jews and I am a Jewish male. Debbie mentioned how she is supporting Raul Paul the son of Ron Paul who is a vicious anti-semite and supports Iran. She certainly doesn’t respect the bible or the torah with her and her husbands gender bending. She has never even been to Israel. One pin doesn’t change the fact she is supporting people that support Iran and antisemites. Check this article here on the site.

And her husband by the way was a member of the independence party that wanted Alaska to seperate from the United States and it’s leader Joe Vogler wanted Iran to help this seperate from the United and use Iran as a platform for this.

I don’t think she loves the Jewish people Sarah Palin or Israel. She may like some Jewish organizations and some Rabbinic organizations that support feminism (as all so called Rabbinic organizations do except in their own profession) but that doesn’t mean she likes the Jewish people and I see little evidence that she cares about the Jewish people unless they can be used for her selfish agenda’s.

adam on February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I don’t trust Palin as her actions speak louder then a pin. In fact doing it at a speech doesn’t show sincerity at all.

In fact it scares me that Palin is such a faker.

Jimmmy Carter supported Israel before he ran as well.

adam on February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Here is Sarah Palin the “friend” of Israel a big supporting of Raul Paul.

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/16457/meet-sarah-palins-preferred-candidate-the-nutty-rand-paul/

adam on February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I did want to see though about the tea party any movement that becomes somewhat successful is gong to try to be co-oped by the establishment types as I have heard on the Savage Nation talking to Dana Loesch about this not that I don’t know much about her. Love her or hate her Sarah Palin at this point is part of the establishment since she is on Fox News and just ran as VP.

And sad to say many of the affirmative action types will fall for Sarah Palin and they are smart enough (and some of us are too silly to see that they are using her) to use her to Co-op the tea party movement for the Republican Party which we had 8 years of them and they are part of the reason we are where we are now. Right after Sarah Palin we are now getting all these corrupt Republicans. Says a lot.

adam on February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Oh, I don’t doubt that Palin, in her nitwit way, loves the Jewish people. The problem is that she is, well, a nitwit. At the risk of getting a thumping from Debbie, I have told several people already that Palin is Reagan without any brains.

What we need is a conservative with some intellectual firepower, who will not be hoodwinked so easily. Palin simply lacks such firepower.

skzion on February 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I agree that Palin lacks brain power and is not well informed. She will be used to raise funds and might be a senator but never president. I think that Debbie raises some good points when linking certain people to extremist mulims but that doesn’t always mean they hate Jews. They may not know of the person’s past statements or actions or might be speaking for a fee or trying to get votes.
    I think the biggest threat to the world right now is radical Islam but that doesn’t mean that everyone who disagrees about Israel or has Muslim associations is anti Jew. Some might be and should be exposed with facts. I disagree strongly with American Jew’s anti Chrisian social agenda/progressive politics (90% vote Democrat)but I support Israel and hate radical Islam. Does that make me a Jew hater? I don’t think so. I’ve heard of Norquist and am now informed but who the hell are these other people?

    Samoyed on February 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

Every time I turn around this guy Norquist is worming through the Republican Party. Is he the Publicans Soros, or something?

He’s like a viral dermatology disease. The classic lament “won’t someone … and troublesome priest … comes to mind when I think of Bend’em Over Grover.

michael on February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Thank you, Debbie, for enlightening me on Sarah Palin’s reliance on Herr Pat Buchanan’s columns for advice. Since I no longer watch the Three Stooges of Faux Conservativism (Blecchh, O’Really, and Sean “Plagiarist” Vannity) on the Fox Channel, I missed that admission.

Now, I won’t even consider a possible candidate who takes advice from an anti-Semite who thinks Churchill caused World War II, Hitler was a reasonable fellow, chums around with Joe Sobran, and stated diesel fumes could not be used to kill victims in German concentration camps. (To paraphrase something said by Molly Ivins in 1992 about Buchanan, Palin should read his columns in the original German translation.)

As for Norquist, it is hard to defend the Tea Partygoers’ association with a smooth criminal and an Islamic appeaser. Maybe they will get smart about him sooner or later. Or, maybe in a couple of months, Pajamas TV will do an “exclusive” expose on the diabolical connection with Michelle Fraudkin and “Mr. Ed.” (Naaah!)

Thank for your integrity in stating your conservative principles in the media and practicing them in the courtroom. It is unfortunate Salem Communications did not have the smarts to invest its money in a real conservative site such as your own.

Justin McCann on February 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Any person or group that hangs around Grover Norquist should be suspect. His marriage to an Islamist and his affiliations with such organizations should be a red flag to anyone who does not wish to remain blind. The Tea Party Movement, if it does not wish to become marginalized, really needs to step back from such associations. Unfortunately, the desire for positions, power, and funding seems to ascendant among the group’s organizer’s and leadership.

sorrow01 on February 19, 2010 at 1:06 am

On the most part about all these incestuous relationships is that all these people just want to belong. Human nature is that people want to belong to something for acceptance. I think all these people put their so called principles aside to be accepted by the greater majority to belong. Belonging to Tea Party events, the GOP or other organizations. Liberals do the same thing. Standing for principles will ultimately make you loose friends and relationships. So all these people will overlook hypocritical traits of their cohorts in order to gain acceptance. There really are a few who will stay determined for the truth while others want some title or notoriety at the expense of seeking the truth.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 19, 2010 at 2:13 am

You are correct. The Tea Party Movement seems to be getting encrusted with some
pretty nasty influences, including Grover “Jihad” Norquist, the Oath Keepers, as well as the Paul/Palin crowd. Of course, this movement is filling a vacuum created by the implosion of the Republican Party. Unfortunately, the Tea Party Movement is not a sign of strength, but of fragmentation and decline in the conservative movement. Splits, foreign influences(Islamist and other), bizarrely mixed messages(libertarian versus social conservatives),and out sized egos have killed off or severely weakened political movements in the past, with the New Left(1962-1990) coming to mind as an example from the other side. Conservatives will remain after all of the smoke clears, but they will become voiceless and atomized people without any institutional support or prospects of influencing society.

A good book on seeing how this happened to the other side is , Max Elbaum, Revolution in the Air: 60′s Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che. Verso, 2006.

The movement Ideology of the New Left was obviously radically different from the conservative movement, but the group and institutional dynamics of this movement over time seemed eerily familiar, if not a mirror image of the conservative movement. It went through its euphoric triumphs, fads, ideological fights, personal and group splits, rock stars(their Palins, Becks, Pauls,etc),and finally into long-term decay and decline. In the end, it really was all for naught, aside from creating the ground work for the future, which we now see in Obama’s rise to power. There are lessons to be gained even from one’s opponents.

Worry01 on February 19, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for the book suggestion, Worry.

    skzion on February 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

BTW, you are absolutely right about Grover Norquist—-an arabist and enemy of the genuine right for 20+ years.

I have been following Grover since the 1980′s, and when it comes to muslime causes, GROVER SLEEPS OVER (that is why he loves to wear that muslim dirty nightshirt).

The Tea Party people, and the REAL Republican conservatives MUST shun Grover. Let him work for CAIR—where he belongs.

IMHO, he is toxic, and an agent for the muslim enemy.

Hymie Zoltsveis on February 19, 2010 at 2:33 am

It is happening to the Conservative Party in the U.K. as well: http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4319

This infiltration is not confined to the United States.

sorrow01 on February 19, 2010 at 4:32 am

I should have been more precise when I said Palin’s support of Israel was general. What I meant was that it didn’t go beyond cliches. I consider such support to be meaningless; just like Obama’s support is ‘general’ i.e. cliches which do not stop him from undercutting Israel at every opportunity. General support is, at best, meaningless.

Little Al on February 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

It is easy to confuse the Grassroots Tea Party Movement with dozens of recently formed Tea Party organizations.

The movement is barely a year old and it claims to not have any recognized single leader. It claims to be leaderless. Several persons are trying to act as official leaders when in fact they may be leading only fractions of it.

Norquist is attempting to co-opt the generic name of the Tea Party. He has sponsored and promoted certain affiliate Tea Party orgs over the past year. He is a key sponsor of CPAC (that Sarah Palin conspicuously does not attend) and has breakout sessions cementing his position. This is worse than a RINO infection.

Judson Phillips forms the for-profit Tea Party Nation, has a small convention in an otherwise irrelevant city, pays to bring in the big gun Sarah Palin to add credibility and makes himself a sweet profit for himself.

The RNC’s Michael Steele had their own Tea Party web site until this week when that was taken down after a meeting of unnamed Tea Party leaders met with him in DC.

Persons in Nevada formerly incorporate an official state political party called The Tea Party of Nevada to sponsor candidates in that States election with an impressive board of directors and appropriate legal paperwork submitted to the State. Inevitably this will serve to re-elect Harry Reid.

The Tea Party concept is filled with mostly persons whom never were active in politics outside of simply voting, these people do not necessarily vet (screen for ulterior motives) any of their leaders, promoters or sponsors and are motivated by the cause created by an out of control majority party and an inexperienced POTUS.

This is a critical election year with many political power players who are attempting to manipulate this movement for their own political empowerment. There is a big risk of neutralizing any impact this may have by the Nov elections.

Scott D on February 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

Sadly, rank and foul opportunists of the likes of retreads such as Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, and such,you know the actual Architects of America’s demise, have now inserted their filthy, sleazy, hands into a very real grassroots movement/resistance that is based on strong principles, in an attempt to hijack and co-opt the Tea Party movement.
Anyone who knows anything about the true grassroots activists, knows that Tea Partiers want nothing to do with these rank operatives of the Republican party. Mitt Romney, who has said the American automobile manufactures suffered from “innovation atrophy” and the washed-up, has been, Newt Gingrich are now mouth pieces for constitutionalists? I don’t think so? One thing is for certain is that the folks in New Jersy, Virginia and Massachusetts didn’t need anyone to hold their hands or spoon feed them advice when the went into the voting booth and made History…

RoadsScholar on February 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

“Don’t Retread on Me” !! Lol…

RoadsScholar on February 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

I have contacted the Tea Party and have informed them that I will no longer be a part of them as long as Grover is associated in any way shape or form with the TPM. Most of us did not know about this and I am more than sure someone will be held accountable for this idiocy.
Thank You Debbie The last thing I want is to prove people like Racheal Maddow and Keith Olbermann right and having Grover assocaited with the TPM does just that

martin fee on February 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

Unfortunately Ms. Schussel you have fallen into the trap set by the liberal media and tea party co-opters.

There is no national tea party “leaders” or “spokesperson”

The real tea party movement is comprised of millions of Americans belonging to thousand of local autonomous tea parties around the nation.

We are just as dismayed by the liberal media and co-opters attempts to appoint our leaders as I am sure that many African-American were when the liberal media was appointing the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as the “leaders” and “spokespersons” for the black community.

So please don’t paint the whole tea party movement with the broad brush that the liberal media and co-opters are orchestrating, your to smart for that, right?

Call them out for what they are, co-opters, rank opportunist’s attempting to speak for those who do not want them!

A: Sorry, but I’ve “fallen” for nothing. Norquist has been heavily involved with Tea Party protest organizers around the country. Wake Up. As soon as you Tea Party people loudly denounce him and disassociate with him, I will be happy. Your movement has been co-opted very successfully. DS

apackof2 on February 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

    There are no traps. Also, the people who actually matter in a movement are the ones who are organized. The people who have appeared at designated Tea Party events have in quite a few cases been questionable. Finally, you really do need to understand that the Tea Party was put together by Freedom Works and other organizations. These groups set up the mail and email lists, etc. That bus tour that you saw last year did not come out of thin air. A genuine grassroots movement without outside support takes years to come together, and that has not been the case with the Tea Party Movement. Finally, the organizing of it is not the objectionable part, but some of the contents and people associated with it. The Tea Party Movement is conservative community organizing, which is fine.

    sorrow01 on February 19, 2010 at 10:25 am

If the Tea Party movement find and got a well-oiled financing machine player who has no ties to any Islamist organization or person with ties to the Islamic terrorist groups or the Saudis, then the movement can ditch Grover Norquist for good.

So…. who has the deep pockets?

Bobby's Brain on February 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

And just how much Saudi money made off selling gas to captive Americans has gone to Keith Olberfuhrer, Rosie O’Nutbar, Jeannine Garafalo, Michael Moore, etc. to spew their crap?

Jim on February 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Well, that screed’s a bit over the top, Debbie, but the information, itself, is important.

Norquist, Hatch, Rubio, Gringrich, Palin, Carville, Armey, the Clinton’s, all of these and more are either trying to subvert the movement into ineffectiveness or are trying to take control of it in some fashion or another. Many of those in leadership positions in the TEA Party movement are being ‘shocked and awed’ by the money, power and influence now available to them, and are becoming the very things which they claim to hate and to be working against.

When the previously naive and grassroots membership of the movement figure out what is happening, the results won’t be pretty.

Outgoing question:

What happens when the TEA Partiers who support the RNC this fall are disappointed by those same Republican politicians in 2011? (ala, 2004 and 2006?)

Warren Bonesteel on February 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Warren, I hardly think this piece Debbie wrote is in “Screed”, I know from the language of Screed, I wrote for many years in “Screed. One can present facts, and when thr truth is so hard to take it hurts, American ppl react in two ways: 1. “OMG this can’t be true, what shall we do”, or 2. “OMG this is so bad, it must be Screed, let’s shoot the messenger”. For facts presented in true Screed, you ought to read some of my chapters, and then you will be sure to appreciate Debbie. Don’t know how she manages to come across so civil, with what all she does know. I couldn’t do it. As for Norquist, you couldn’t possibly handle the whole truth about that terrorist scum, the whole truth has not been presented here, there aren’t enough Chero… O darn, there’ goes my Screed again.

DiamondRing on February 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Well, Mr or Mz anonymous, you might be surprised at what I can handle.

In fact, it is surprising what most people can’t handle when I share information with them.

What is tiresome is the vitriol people spread about, couched in sophistry and overblown rhetoric and thought of as reasonable and polite conversation.

What is tiresome is sorting the facts from that vitriol.

Passion has its place and opinions about those facts have a place, but the facts are important, all by themselves. The facts don’t care about passion or opinion. When passion, vitriol and opinion have expended their fire and fury, the facts remain.

When enough facts are gathered together, they often tell quite a different story about our culture and history than anything we’ve ever heard from any of our traditional institutions.

…including the fact that America is nothing resembling a free society and hasn’t been for a very long time.

…in societies that lack reason, corruption runs rampant.

The only real surprise about Norquist and his connections to Muslim militants, as well as to TEA Party activism, is that people are surprised and outraged, when a look at any of their own favorite politicians and social and cultural leaders reveals much the same phenomenon. iow, when the other guy is corrupt, it is an outrage, but our own corruption is quite excusable and even rational.

Warren Bonesteel on February 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

anti-semite Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC

Jim on February 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Not to mention Ron Paul, now CPAC Tea Party poster child and his Confederacy pushing veiled and not-so-veiled Judeophobic militia wannabe buddies–look an anti-Semitic Party is struggling to be born in this country–from Buchanan, Norquist, Paul on the “right” through to Cockburn on the left and LaRouche in points between–a solid chunk of citizens in the USA love an idealized White Christian Johnny Trumain America and hate and fear huge swaths of actual citizens, gays, blacks, the jooz and on and on, to the degree that they are enthusiastically able to explain away, justify, and embrace actual Islamic terrorist attacks on American citizens as patriotic freedom fighters rightfully enraged by Zionist imperialism.

So it goes as we totter on the edge of major economic dislocation.

Paul Freedman on February 21, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hello Debbie and others,

I wanted to inform you on what is being alleged about Darrell Issa and the Indian Gaming – at http://originalpechanga.blogspot.com/ the disenrolled tribe members are saying that Darrell Issa have received lots of campaign cash from the casino. Also it is alleging that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former political assist/aide is now on the payroll of the casino.

I am not a tea party participant or supporter. However, I think that there are supporters believing a lot of the lies, such as no taxes. However, I feel they are following this group based on fear, emotions. People fail to remember that Paul said he wanted to get rid of the school board (education), the irs, and possibly the fed reserve. Now there’s a politician from South Carolina talking about banning the currency in his state. People are forgetting that Paul is also back by extremist groups see http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2007/12/23/ron-paul-don-black-photo/ Don Black allegedly owns the site stormfront. http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-04-13/ron-paul-income-tax-involuntary-servitude/ isn’t this what joe stack said, he felt like a non-citizen slave. And last, 5-21-2007 a Paul video saying “forget no new taxes how about no IRS 2min 33 sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyT3BiTbpc

I think people are running with the tea party crowd thinking their life situation will get better. However, they don’t realize that if public education is cut, we will be paying for education much like Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan…..the school kids in these countries have to pay for uniforms as well as pencils…just look at how Americans have been paying for schools in Africa to purchase notebook computers…..

skinnyminny on February 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

Warren, Hmmm, you sound as though you wish to excuse or explain or exemplar Mr. Norquist and that alone tells me who you are. IMO You can either step up to what it means to really be an American in these times, or slide under what Mr. Norquist represents.

DiamondRing on February 22, 2010 at 12:51 am

I know of one local tea party group that agreed to pass on a GOP affiliated Norquist event, and then distanced themselves once they were told about the Norquist jihad connection. The word is getting out.

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