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Tea Party Debate Gets Weird as Audience Cheers Idea of Uninsured Man Dying (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 13th 2011 10:25AM

When CNN decided to name its second Republican Party debate the Tea Party Debate, you just knew things were bound to get weird. But in an evening that featured ten minutes worth of heated discussion about the HPV vaccine as the vultures circled newly-crowned frontrunner Rick Perry, one unsettling incident stood out out as the signature moment of the evening. Televised debates rarely veer into such dramatic -- and unsettling -- territory.

CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question about health care to libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul: say a 30-year-old man gets struck with a catastrophic illness, but has made the choice to not buy healthcare. Who should pay for his care, if he's, say, in a coma?

Harking back to his campaign's themes of personal responsibility and minimal government, Paul started to answer that the man had made a choice to go without healthcare, and it wasn't society's responsibility to foot the bill. "That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody" is the basis of a "welfare state," he said, drawing big applause from the crowd.

"But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?" asked Blitzer.

And that's when a significantly smaller portion of the audience started clapping and yelling, "Yeah!" It was hard to tell if it was just a few, very loud people who were rooting for this hypothetical man to die, or a wider portion of the audience, but it was a strange, chilling moment nonetheless. Paul went on to say no, the man should not be left to die, expressing confidence that he would be saved by some combination of volunteerism, churches contributing to the man's care and hospitals treating people for free. But the optics, and audio, of the moment overrode anything else he said.

Check out the video after the jump, and tell us what you think the moment means.

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Jon Stewart Asks Why the Tea Party Is Still Angry After Debt Ceiling Agreement (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 4:46AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'The debt-limit bill is working its way through the system and it looks like a big win for the Republicans and the Tea Party in particular. The debt ceiling is lifted, which means no default or lowering of our credit standing for the US, and it was done so with no revenue increases. So why aren't they happy, wonders Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central)?

After showing a reel of various Tea Party members in both houses of Congress saying it was "inadequate," and "not something I can support" because "we haven't gotten what we need," Stewart was dumbfounded.

"What are you still angry about," he wondered. "Yes, government still exists. We still have traffic lights. We're sorry." And while the bill's passage will mean an end to the current crisis, we're pretty sure there will still be plenty for politicians to gripe over as we move toward the next one.

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Stephen Colbert Can't Convince Tea Party Chair Amy Kremer to Raise Taxes (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 5:18AM
Amy Kremer, 'The Colbert Report'Stephen Colbert tried his hardest to push Amy Kremer, Chair of the Tea Party political movement, into conceiving a scenario when taxes might need to be raised, on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). The U.S. reaching our debt ceiling wasn't it, as she just kept insisting on reduced government spending.

So, he tried a more radical approach. "Nuclear bomb somewhere in New York," he said. "The only way we can ... save 8 million people is to raise the tax rate on the top 2 percent of Americans. Do we do it?"

When he finally gave Kremer a chance to answer, she instead suggested the Defense Department "stop creating the second engine for the F-35 and save $3 billion dollars, and then the nuclear bomb won't go off."

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Tina Fey Returns as 'Sarah Palin' on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 3:25AM
Tina Fey Returns as 'Sarah Palin' on 'Late Show'Tina Fey hasn't been paying attention to politics lately. In fact, David Letterman had to tell her about the 2010 election, and what the Republicans have been up to: "Last night, they sent America 'a message,'" he said with a rueful grin.

Ms. Fey is so out of the political "loop" that she can't recall how to do her famous "Sarah Palin" impression. But she gave it a shot on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). At Dave's request, she did her version of Sarah Palin -- after pointing out that Palin is going to be hard to live with, following the recent Republican success.

Here is Tina doing "Sarah" -- and commenting on the 2010 GOP comeback, partially led by Palin's "mama grizzly" Tea Party candidates: "All her 'mama grizzlies' are winnin' and they're ... goin' ta Washington, and they're gonna flip your pic-a-nik table, Dave! ... You're gonna hafta tie your food to a tree!"

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The Best Moments From Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 1st 2010 7:40AM
The Best Moments From Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity'This weekend, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' (Sat., 12PM ET on Comedy Central). The rally was a counterpart to Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' march, held a few months back.

The goal was to share political views in an inoffensive manner. Moderation was the ideal; Stewart showed video clips of media figures (such as Mr. Beck) who supposedly used polarizing speech.

Since the event was hosted by comedians, the whole thing was a joke -- or was it? A bunch of celebs attended, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow. But Stewart stopped the music and jokes to deliver this message: "I thought we might have a moment ... for some sincerity. ... I can't control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions."

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Bill Maher -- I "Created and Destroyed" Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:45AM
Bill Maher -- I 'Created and Destroyed' Tea Partier Christine O'DonnellComic and pundit Bill Maher showed up on the new 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). Bill and host George Lopez had a freewheeling discussion about the state of American politics. Bill also claimed that he had "created" a polarizing figure -- current Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Lopez wasn't a fan of Ms. O'Donnell, calling her a "anti-masturbation witch." At this point, Maher raised his hand in the air -- and took the credit (or the blame) for Christine. "Well, I'm responsible for [her,]" he said. O'Donnell first gained national prominence on 'Politically Incorrect,' Maher's old show.

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Tea Party Leader on 'Colbert' Says Group Is Centrist (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 13th 2010 5:20AM
Tea Party's Brendan Steinhauser on 'Colbert Report'Brendan Steinhauser is a leader in the Tea Party movement. He helped organize the Take America Back tour and serves as director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks.

Appearing on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM), he said, "We are actually in the dead center of American politics -- our message of limited government." The studio audience gasped and laughed. "The national debt is 14 trillion dollars. The American people are saying, 'President Obama, you have to come back to the center like President Clinton did.'"

Stephen Colbert countered the argument that the Tea Party is a homogeneous organization. "It seems like a pretty big tent, you know -- with, like, a circus inside."

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Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's "Spectacularly Stupid" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 11th 2010 1:15AM
Bill Maher Gets an Expert Opinion on Christine O'Donnell -- She's 'Spectacularly Stupid'Bill Maher's feud with Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell has generated national headlines. On the new episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), the host added more fuel to the fire.

Christine believes in creationism -- she thinks the earth was made about six thousand years ago. As a result, O'Donnell also believes that evolution is a "myth." On Maher's previous show, 'Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,' she posed a fairly head-scratching question to the host. If evolution is real, she asked, then "why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?" Hmm. That's a good one.

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Did 'CSI' Use Justin Bieber to Slander the Tea Party? (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 28th 2010 6:15PM
On last week's episode of 'CSI,' singing sensation Justin Bieber guest starred as a domestic terrorist bomber, and some Fox News pundits are suggesting the character was written as a Tea Party sympathizer (although the Tea Party movement was never mentioned by name in the episode).

On 'America Live' (weekdays, 1PM ET on Fox News), Megyn Kelly raised the question of whether CBS and 'CSI' were using Bieber to take an "ugly swing at the Tea Party."

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Stephen Colbert to Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell: "Come on My Show!" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 2:46AM
Stephen Colbert to Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell: 'Come on My Show!'Well, it's time for Round Two of Stephen Colbert vs. Christine O'Donnell. Previously, as you may remember, Stephen unleashed the 'CHRISTINE O'DONNELL CLIP PREDICTOR 3000,' as part of an effort to determine what would be the next bizarre story involving the Republican candidate from Delaware.

He also threatened to keep on predicting weird stories about Ms. O'Donnell -- unless she gave up and made an appearance on his show. (This, by the way, was a parody of host Bill Maher, who has said he will keep showing video clips of Christine until she returns to his show 'Politically Incorrect.')

But sadly, Stephen's last ploy failed ... and failed badly, because O'Donnell wants nothing to do with him. So on the latest 'Colbert Report,' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), he resorts to a different tactic.

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Laura Bush Says The Tea Party Looks Like "Next Door Neighbors" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 23rd 2010 7:25PM
Getting Laura Bush to comment on anything remotely controversial is like trying to extract water from a rock. This trait makes her a fine former First Lady, but a fairly bland talk-show guest.

So Kudus to Greta Van Susteren, who was able to get Bush to talk about the Tea Party during an interview she conducted with Mrs. Bush on 'On the Record With Greta Van Susteren' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on Fox News.)

"I think people are worried about spending, I think that's really the whole thing behind it," was how Bush explained the Tea Party movement.

Then Van Susteren started to present a point about how Tea Partiers are different from how Baby Boomers envision anti-government protesters:

"I sort of have my concept of what a typical protester is, having grown up in the sixties and early seventies," Greta explained. "And (the Tea Party) don't look like ... they sort of look like ..."

"Next door neighbors," Bush interjected, completing Van Susteren's thought. Though she neglected to mention if they look like the kind of next door neighbors you'd want to borrow a cup of sugar from, or the kind of next door neighbors who might motivate you to build a fence in your backyard.

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Sarah Palin Will Run For President as Tea Party Candidate, Predicts to 'Morning Joe' Panel (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 22nd 2010 3:02PM
After viewing a television ad from SarahPac, Sarah Palin's Political Action Committee, the gang on 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) was unanimous in their opinion that the former Alaska governor will be running for president in 2012.

Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Harold Ford Jr. all agreed that Palin will take a shot at the White House. Norah O'Donnell then added a twist:

"She will run as part of the Tea Party, not as a part of the Republican Party," O'Donnell predicted.

However, it might be wise to take such predictions with a grain of salt. Since the media -- especially the cable news talkers -- would be the greatest beneficiaries of the madness that would surround a Palin candidacy, talking heads could be engaging in a bit of wishful thinking when they suggest Palin will run.

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Glenn Beck: I'm Not Leading Tea Party and Obama Isn't Leader of the Country (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 20th 2010 2:59PM
Glenn Beck went on 'The O'Reilly Factor,' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) to discuss what Bill O'Reilly wrote about him in his new book 'Pinheads and Patriots.'

Beck read aloud, and took issue with the following passge: "Led by Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, the so-called Tea Party movement blasted into the national consciousness."

"I'm not leading it," was Beck's blunt assessment of O'Reilly's thesis.

"You're not leading it as far as you signed up, but in the hearts and minds, you're one of the leaders along with Sarah Palin," O'Reilly explained.

"I don't think so," Beck shot back.

O'Reilly then tried to use examples of Beck's impact on Tea Parties to get Beck to own up to his leadership.

It didn't work. In fact, it just encouraged Beck to present a theory that Barack Obama isn't the really the "leader" of the United States, which caused O'Reilly to throw his hands in the air and declare himself too "simple" for the complicated way Beck was twisting the definition of the word "leader."

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Actor Jon Hamm: The Tea Party Is "Racist" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 3:14AM
Actor Jon Hamm -- the Tea Party Is The latest episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO) dealt with the important topic of the Tea Party. And host Bill Maher started off with this question: "Anybody think this Tea Party is racist?" Guest Jon Hamm agreed that he thinks the party is a racist movement.

Jon, Bill, and the rest of the guests discussed the most recent provocation from Newt Gingrich. Apparently, Gingrich said that President Barack Obama was a person who was "outside our comprehension." Newt also said this:

"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president."

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Glenn Beck: Tea Party Needs 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 16th 2010 10:40AM
After several of their candidates won in Tuesday's Republican primaries, the Tea Party is now faced with the challenge of trying to become a more mainstream movement. On the 'Glenn Beck Program' (Weekdays, 5 PM ET on Fox News), Beck warned Tea Partiers that they won't be able to gain full legitimacy until they undergo an "extreme makeover."

"Maybe it's time to lose ... the Statute of Liberty costume. Maybe no more dressing up like Abe Lincoln, or putting the foam finger on your head ... or the 'Obama is a Socialist' T-shirt," Beck recommended.

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