TLP: For Starters, They Won't Have to Put Up With "Teabagging" Jokes
Leaving politics completely out of it, The Lazy Paperboy goes for coffee over tea. Not that you could tell that he's ever had a cup of either. Laziness has benefits beyond the obvious.
This all seems a little too fucking precious, but that's what can happen with a Facebook account.
Kate Zernike foams the latte hard in the NYT:
Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.
Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.” ...
The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares that the federal government is “not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans.”
Local chapters are planning meetings in cities from Washington to San Antonio to Los Angeles (where there have been four in the last month.) The party (coffeepartyusa.org) is planning nationwide coffee houses for March 13, where people can gather to decide which issues they want to take on and even which candidates they want to support.
The Times cited a membership of 40,000 on Monday. The group had added another 28,000 "fans" on Facebook by today. Founder Annabel Park says she can't keep up with requests to start new chapters. Talk about being over-caffeinated.
More from the NYT:
“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.” ...
Still, she said, “we’ve got to send a message to people in Washington that you have to learn how to work together, you have to learn how to talk about these issues without acting like you’re in an ultimate fighting session.”
Sounds like PoliSci taught in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, when what we really might need is a Rockstar Party.