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Washington Metro News

A movement, sure, but where's it going?

With Tax Day behind us, and with it the Tea Party rallies across the country, the question is, What's next for the one-year-old Tea Party ?
 
Tea Party protesters in Washington made clear they weren't interested in establishment Republicans showing up, and no House or Senate GOP leaders were invited. The movement isn't really organized, and isn't coalescing around a substantial number of third-party candidates. Those who split off haven't done so well. Who represents the Tea Party, and what role will its supporters play in this fall's elections?

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Tea Party stupidity

I'm still trying to sort out the significance of those racist and homophobic actions by those Tea Party demonstrators at the Capitol this weekend. Or if there was any significance.

Instead of tea and biscuits, we got a serving of tea and bigots. And once they hurled their vile rants and expectorants — yes, one frenzied slug even spat on an African-American congressman — they became irrelevant to the healthcare debate.

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Our bad

"Sorry, guys.”

“We apologize."

"Sorry.” By now we're sorry we ever heard the word. From Tiger to Toyota to even D.C. City Councilman, former Mayor and nonstop delinquent Marion Barry, they're all "sorry."

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Washington's personality disorders

You haven't seen infighting until you watch psychotherapists and argue over the DSM. That's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ... call it "Psychobabble for Professionals.” With all the bickering over an updated version, these people could definitely use some counseling.

It could be called a "raging" controversy, but the experts want to change "Raging" to "Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria.” A bad temper is a disorder. Can't wait to see the pharmaceutical ads for that one.

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Snow on my mind

For obvious reasons, I have snow on my mind.

In between snow emergencies, I was walking to work yesterday down Pennsylvania Avenue, when I hit a predictably bad stretch of sidewalk. Except for one thing. This stretch of sidewalk was right in front of Chevy Chase Bank. For some reason, they didn’t bother to shovel their snow.

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Widespread panic

There's a great scene in the movie “Airplane” where the passengers, in response to a request to assume the crash position, go into complete panic mode.

That reminds me of what usually happens at the first signs of a “snow emergency” in Washington. People flock to the stores, buying food they don’t need, toilet paper they couldn’t possibly use over a weekend and a variety of others things that they probably already have in their house somewhere, which they bought during the previous snow panic.

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Palin, pandas, parties and departees

All those who are focusing on the Tea Party movement with all its fervor for rattling the Washington cage this weekend are missing the really important event that was the main focus in D.C.

Of course that would be the big "P" party. For "Panda," of course. It too was a movement and it also involved a cage. This P party, along with a second one in Atlanta, was not just a sad farewell, but one hell of a metaphor.

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Paula Nowakowski

As I drove my wife back to her office after the funeral of my good friend Jeff Becker, a bumper sticker on the car in front of me caught my attention. “What if the hokey-pokey is what it is all about?”

The thought made me laugh, which is nice, because on Friday, I will be attending the funeral of another friend who died suddenly, unexpectedly, and all too soon.

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When the president’s life is threatened

CHICAGO — It is clear that the American people have a fascination with party-crashing, as has been portrayed by pop culture in the movie “Wedding Crashers” — for these crashers, the bigger the party, the better. And no party is bigger or more difficult to get into than a Secret Service-guarded presidential state dinner.

One can only dream of the adrenaline rush experienced by the two crashers who continue to make headline news after they shamefully exposed large holes in the Secret Service that is supposed to protect our president from the nefarious schemes of those who would like to destroy our country.

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When the president’s life is threatened

CHICAGO — It is clear that the American people have a fascination with party-crashing, as has been portrayed by pop culture in the movie “Wedding Crashers” — for these crashers, the bigger the party, the better. And no party is bigger or more difficult to get into than a Secret Service-guarded presidential state dinner.

One can only dream of the adrenaline rush experienced by the two crashers who continue to make headline news after they shamefully exposed large holes in the Secret Service that is supposed to protect our president from the nefarious schemes of those who would like to destroy our country.

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