“The TEA Party’s very acronym stands for ‘Taxed Enough Already.‘” Those were the words penned in a Breitbart editorial today by the Ghostwriter Formerly Known as Sarah Palin (who used the word “Orwellian” in the first paragraph) in response to the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed earlier this week, which she bemoans “will undoubtedly raise taxes and increase spending.”
According to Palin, this compromise runs completely counter to the Republican ideal of smaller government, as she says “show me one Republican that got elected on that platform.” Indeed, Sarah, you are correct — most TEApublicans get elected on a platform of voter suppression and obstruction of government. But we digress.
Palin goes on at some length about simply wanting to rein in spending, and wanting Congress to live within its means (which are considerably higher than those not making six figures a year to show up and do nothing). She also invokes ye olde persecution complex, stating “We’re going to get clobbered by the media no matter what.”
In a sense, it’s somewhat stunning that Palin doesn’t realize that “getting clobbered by the media” isn’t exactly exclusive from “getting clobbered by reality” — with 51% of Americans now holding an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, and with about 4% more people directly opposing them than supporting them, the “persecution” Palin whines about these days is a sign that America has begun to turn the corner away from Taxed Enough Already and toward Make It Work Already.
And that’s a dangerous position for this half-term governor to find herself in.
With the “nuclear option” of filibuster-proof appointments passed, John Boehner and others publicly denouncing them, and now a budget plan that removes the threat of effective blackmail for another two years, and every card in the Koch Brothers’ hand having been played during the last shutdown — well, the writing is officially on the wall for Sarah and her friends. And now Sarah’s down to lending her name to a whine and cheese column on Breitbart.
So close, Sarah. So close.