in a Tea Blog
among political activists erupts into a very public, and graphic,
airing of differences
Valerie Doane had finally had it. One of the regular contributors
to the Times Unions citizen-written Tea Party blog,
Doane said that she had become permanently frustrated by what
she called the sanitized and co-opted version of the Tea Party
that dominates the TU blog. The TU has been actively cultivating
a milquetoast Tea Party image, she said, one that waves the
Gadsden and praises the Jesus, but lacks the strict revolutionary
zeal that she said is critical in a political movement. She
decided to take action.
invited the anonymous Voice of Liberty to write a post in
her stead. Voice of Liberty was, apparently, called in to
challenge these supposed Tea Party crashers, to set the proverbial
bomb that would blow the blog to smithereens. And he certainly
Well, the Times Union likes the Tea Party blog when
it generates tens-of-thousands of page views and drives the
click-ad revenue through the roof. But they only like it when
it is the sanitized and familiar view of the Tea party. .
. .when it gets too edgy, or ruffles some feathers, they start
to cringe and censor.
his point, the anonymous author of the post pulled an image
from the website Public Intelligence, and placed it full-size
at the top of the post. The image was a close-up photo of
a man who was apparently killed in a battle between Mexican
drug cartels. He was shot in such a way that the top of his
skull had broken apart, and hung in sections from flesh, the
inside of the mans cranium emptyand in clear view
of the camera.
of Liberty drew the comparison between this terribly graphic
image, which he wrote captures the stark reality of
what is happening along and just south of our border,
and the sanitized version of the drug wars being
fought in Mexico that you are likely to see in the mainstream
press to the two factions of political activists fighting
for the soul of the Tea Party movement.
of Liberty, and Doane, among others, complain that operatives
for the Republican Party have taken over the movement. Voice
of Liberty linked to one of the blogs contributors
mind-numbingly repetitive series of Republican candidate-centric
articles. The author he was referring to, Bill Claydon,
has written a number of posts supporting Republican Chris
Gibson, who is running for Congress in New Yorks 20th
pulled all of his posts down from the TU blog after Voice
of Libertys post, stating that he didnt want to
be associated with such a disgusting tactic.
own feelings were that I was really shocked that [Doane] would
do something like that, said Claydon. He hasnt
decided whether or not he will continue to write on the TU
blog. He said that Doane was speaking just for herself, and
she doesnt represent me or anyone else.
told Metroland that she agreed with Voice of Liberty, that
Claydons campaigning for Gibsona candidate she
supportswas shameless, and not appreciated on the Tea
Party blog. She pointed out that political opportunists have
tried to harness the Tea Party energy to elect Republican
the Tea Party? Voice of Liberty asked Metroland. Theres
an element that says, Fuck compromise. Its
not about putting more Rs in office in two months. Thats
not going to solve anything. What are they going to do, roll
us back to the salad days of 2006, or 1994? Some of us have
really caught on to what is bullshit.
that while liberal ideological opposition is understandable,
its the infiltration from the right that he cannot take.
bottom line is, said Doane, that there are many
more of us in here than people realize, referring to
herself and Voice of Liberty. We are not going to compromise
our principles. We arent going to do it.
loose ends this week-