National Review contributing editor Jim Geraghty is livid after Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy correctly characterized the lie rag for which he works as “a right-wing tea bag organization” following the Review’s “rating” of Malloy as “the worst governor in the United States of America.”
Fellow candidate Tom Foley reminded Malloy of the untrustworthy source’s laughable “rating,” asking, “When are you going to take some responsibility for the fact that your policies have not worked?” adding that “We have the lowest growth rate of any state in the country, and as I said you were recently rated the worst governor in the United States of America.”
“Tom, the publication you’re talking about is a right-wing tea bag organization,” Malloy responded. “You know it. I let you repeat the same story twice. Why don’t you tell the whole story when you tell stories?”
Geraghty lashed out at the governor on Twitter, ignoring that the term “Teabagger” was coined by the Tea Party itself. In addition, he pretended that “a bunch of staff living in Connecticut” somehow matters. Geraghty asked the Governor if he may now call him a “Left-tard” after the Governor used a term that was chosen and used by the Tea Party to identify the group of extremist right-wingers.
The term “Teabagger” first appeared in February of 2009 at a “New American Tea Party” rally in Washington, DC when a protester carried a sign that read, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems before they Tea Bag You!!” In March, Americans for Prosperity suggested sending tea bags to elected officials to protest the stimulus. By April, numerous right-wing sites suggested that readers “Tea bag the fools in Washington, DC.”
Even the National Review, which now objects to the term, admitted “Conservatives started [using the term]… but others ran and ran with it.”
What, then, is the issue, National Review?
YOU built that.