Questions for Rick Perry and the Tea Party GOP

The Party of Tea is as crazy as ever.

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My post last week about the party formerly known as the GOP was such a hit that I decided to quickly follow it up with my latest observations on the Party of Tea (POT, for short). To be honest, the post wasn't a hit but a lot of readers did want to hit me. So here is this week's Party of Tea Hit Parade courtesy of Casey Kasem.

[See a collection of political cartoons on the Tea Party.]

Number one for the second straight week is Gov. Rick Perry with his rendition of the golden oldie "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." The epicenter of the earthquake felt in Washington yesterday originated in Springfield, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln was spinning around in his grave after a secessionist Gov. Rick Perry entered the race to lead the 16th president's party. Lincoln died for the Union and the Father of Texas, Sam Houston sacrificed his political career to unsuccessfully keep the Lone Star State in the United States. Now Rick Perry flirts with secessionists.

Inquiring minds want to know whether Rick Perry plans to release a list of other traitors who were appointed to federal government posts by former President George W. Bush. Last week, Governor Perry questioned the patriotism of the second President Bush's appointment to chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Ben Bernanke. Is Bush 43's Secretary of Treasury, Henry Paulson next on Perry's No Fly the American Flag List? Paulson engineered the federal bailout of Wall Street to the tune of $770 billion dollars. That was treason to many free market conservative ideologues. Rick Perry questioned President Obama's patriotism. Does the governor think the former President George W. Bush was a traitor?

Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, is new to the countdown at number two with a bullet. He sings the great Beatles classic "When I'm 64 (I'll be Out of Luck)." Ryan may not run for president but he is running from his constituents. Instead of having town meetings open to the public during summer vacation, POT Rep. Paul Ryan and other Tea Party types are charging admission. Can't blame them for only speaking to tame audiences after voting to kill Medicare. So much for open government. [See a collection of political cartoons on the budget and deficit.]

Number three on our hit parade is former Gov. Mitt Romney with his version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Fortunate Son." Mitt Romney said corporations are people too. The only difference between a corporation and a person is that people pay taxes. By the way, Romney said he's unemployed but he must be getting great jobless benefits because he plans to quadruple the size of his beachside mansion in California. Does the former liberal governor of Massachusetts and conservative 2008 presidential candidate know that unemployment benefits for 3.5 million jobless Americans will run out at the end of the year if Congress doesn't act? Probably not, so let's tell him before he hires a contractor.

With her own rendition of Green Day's "She's a Rebel," Sarah Palin is back on the hit parade this week after an absence of only one week. The conservative pundit, Karl Rove who was the "brains" behind former President George W. Bush says former half-Gov. Sarah Palin will enter the presidential race. My prediction is she will get in the race and then drop out halfway between the Iowa caucuses and the Party of Tea convention in Tampa when she gets a better offer. [See photos of Sarah Palin and her family.]

Alaskans haven't forgiven Palin for leaving them in the lurch. The Alaska-based Republican polling firm Dittman Research just released a statewide survey that showed there are nearly twice as many Alaska residents who dislike Palin than there are who like her. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But when things got tough for Palin; she quit.

Be sure to tune in for next week's Party of Tea countdown, when our featured artist is Michele Bachmann singing Patsy Cline's classic country hit "Crazy."

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