In Washington, they are reenacting a famous magazine cover, the National Lampoon of January 1973 with a gun pointed at a dog’s head and the caption, “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.”
The dog is the American economy, and Sarah Palin is urging her Tea Party friends to pull the trigger, with a Facebook post to “remember us ‘little people’ who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes. This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this.”
With Palin on the scene, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman et al should be donating their salaries to lower the deficit. These days Tea Party parody practically writes itself.
Take freshman Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois jumping on John McCain for criticizing his House brethren: "Folks like him...have no clue as to the troubles Americans are going through right now. They don't understand this crisis anymore."
He may have a point. McCain, who has been in Congress 28 years, has a wife who owns eight houses while Walsh, with six months in Washington, was elected to the House after his home was foreclosed, and the Chicago Sun-Times reports that he owes over $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife.
Now, after reducing the Illinois unemployment rate by one, Walsh is all over cable TV, telling Americans how to manage their money and bad-mouthing McCain for trying to talk sense about a balanced budget amendment.
As John Boehner goes into overtime to strong-arm his Tea Party cadre to pass a bill that will be immediately shelved in the Senate, the Alice-in-Wonderland scene keeps get zanier by the hour and no one knows what the final punch line will be. However it turns out, there won't be much laughing.