Lebanon Reporter

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July 24, 2010

Pence jumps into the harbor

Lebanon — Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, who some believe is interested in a run at the presidency in 2012, has drunk the tea.

Pence, a conservative’s conservative, announced Thursday he was delighted to join Rep. Michelle “Moon pie” Bachmann as a member of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress.

Pence’s revelation came in a story by Brandi Watters of the Anderson Herald Bulletin.

Now, most anything Bachmann says is, while often disconcerting, can generally be ignored. Bachmann is a buffoon in the grand tradition of congressional lunacy, a politician elected merely because the laws of probability demand that insanity happens. So long as she’s circling her own wagons against a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, she’s mostly harmless.

Watters wrote that Bachmann said her intent to form the TPC was merely so that teapers would have a “listening ear” in Congress.

As opposed to a deaf ear?

Bachmann is not the tea party’s “mouthpiece,” Watters wrote.

That role has been assumed by Sarah “Mama Grizzly” Palin, and while Bachmann’s grasp of reality is shaky, I’m certain she knows that any attempt to wrest control of the Tea Party — henceforth to be called the Teap — from Palin would fail.

Although I’d pay good money to see those two fight for the title in a steel cage match.

Pence said, according to Watters, that, “I’ve been to tea party rallies, and I know that the concerns of people that are involved in the tea party movement and people that attend my town hall meetings are born of a deep love for this country.”

The teaper rallies I’ve seen include folks holding signs that insist the federal government leave their Medicare alone. This is physically and fiscally impossible, since Medicare is a federal government program.

Other teapers have touted signs warning that, “next time, we’ll bring our guns.”

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