There has been a lot of talk in the White House today about these Tax Day Tea Parties around the country. They apparently started when a CNBC reporter called for taxpayers to revolt against Big Guy’s economic stimulus package, which gave every American a tax cut in every paycheck. My tax cut is about 13 cents every two weeks. Some of our staffers in the media are pretty upset about this perceived attack on the Big O; here is just a sampling of text messaging mong some of our unpaid volunteer aides, whose names are changed to protect their privacy:
David Schuster: What’s up with all these right wing nuts doing the tea party thing? Did our leader do something with tea?
Keith Olbermann: I’m looking at a picture of President Barack Hussein Obama right now, my gawd, he is magnificent.
Schuster: I agree wholeheartedly, but what about the tea?
Olbermann: Oh, that guy Santelli on the other NBC cable channel started this, he’s a fascist.
Schuster: I hate that guy. But I don’t understand what tea has to do with taxes.
Olbermann: When I was Cornell, the Ivy League school I graduated from, I learned that it had something to do with the British crown refusing to give away tea, or charging Americans for tea or something like that back in the 1700s. It was a big deal back then. All these right wing zealots live in the past.
Schuster: Did you see the memo from Rahm telling us we should do jokes about tea-bagging on TV today, as long as we weren't perceived to be belitting one of the gay communities' cherished cultural touchstones?
John Stewart: Did someone mention tea-bagging? My teleprompter has a good joke about that for tonight's show. I think.
Olbermann: Great, now we have a threesome, which reminds me guys, remember that weekend in Turkey when we ...