As I mentioned earlier, Left Coast Rebel (and quite a few other conservative sources) has been bringing attention to the latest liberal effort to discredit the Tea Party: a website called Crash the Tea Party, which encourages visitors to infiltrate Tea Parties and disrupt them. Left Coast Rebel was calling for intrepid bloggers to infiltrate this site and see what was going on. As it turns out, not much.
The site had been publicized by Sean Hannity and other conservatives, and by far the majority of the posts on the forum were from conservative trolls. Not really conducive to infiltrating the site to deduce their infiltration plans, but some of it was lulzworthy. Some of the early posts were useful, but the site operators are quite on to us now.
The site seems to be run by someone who calls himself Mad Hatter. (I’ll give props — that’s actually pretty creative regarding the whole Tea Party theme.) Another frequent poster calls himself enhancelogic (lolwut?). These two seem to be the most constructive organizers of the website. Their suggestions and their mindset are … interesting.
So, I have some screenshots.
Crash and Slander
Here are some of the initial comments and posts in the stated goals and purpose of the site, and how they want to achieve it.
Infiltrating the Infiltrators
Some conservatives came to the site and actually tried to reason with these people. Of course, if they were interested in substantive debate and discussion, they wouldn’t be plotting to infiltrate and discredit the Tea Party. There were also a lot of people who just came to call names, which really isn’t that great, but was on occasion hilarious.
They’re on To Us!
I think we’ve been outed.
After the trolling took off, the following button appeared on the main page:
It appears that their efforts to crash the Tea Party may not be so much about ideology than the very thing liberals stand against so often: capitalism.
So it looks like this site may have been developed to function not as a center of disruption and political action, but to sell t-shirts. So where are the people who are actually planning to infiltrate the Tea Party? Where everyone else is on the internets: Facebook.
There’s also a fan page for Crash the Tea Party. It has considerably more fans, but like the website, the vast majority of them are conservatives criticizing and rebutting he efforts to disrupt the Tea Party. The fan page has one event listed so far, to infiltrate a Tax Day Tea Party in Portland, OR. At least two of the three confirmed attendees appear to be Tea Party supporters who were misled by the title of the event into believing it to be a page for the Tea Party.
I also found a group to infiltrate and disrupt a Tax Day Tea Party in White Plains, NY. This one is more interesting because it has links to the anarchist groups planning to crash Tea Parties on the 15th. It has one whole member.
The efforts to infiltrate the Tea Parties seem to be more talk than not, although I don’t doubt some will try it. We’ll have to keep our eyes open for unruly behavior at the April 15th Tea Parties, but we can’t give in to paranoia and suspect everyone with a camera.
Props to other bloggers that have infiltrated the Crash the Tea Party site:
Right Ideas has some more screen shots and commentary.
The Wisdom of Soloman also has some shots and some comments from the site, and also discusses some people who have had comments deleted from the site.
And of course, the Left Coast Rebel, who brought this all to my attention initially.