Tea Party members have my sympathy

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To the Editor:

I have been chastised in this publication for a perceived harsh tone in my comments regarding the loser of the last big election —you know, the one who was going to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

So, in an effort to soothe delicate sensibilities, I must say that I harbor some sympathy for Republicans in general and the Tea Party wing in particular. How can one not feel sorry for the poor souls who must start their day listening to Glimbarson (Beck/Limbagh/Larson) and go to bed with Faux News—no wonder they’re grumpy. And how would you like it if billionaire anarchists co-opted your movement.  And you’re associated with Donald Trump and those smarty pants scientists who tell you your Hummer is a crime against humanity. It’s enough to make you burn your concealed carry permit in protest.

If you think it’s easy being a Tea Partisan, just try defending Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert to your rational friends.   And now, to make things even worse, French tourists are blaming you for the yellow tape around the Smithsonian. Yes indeed, Tea Party-animals, you have my sympathy. No need to thank me, I’m happy just to contribute to the civil discourse.

Martin Doerfler
Keizer

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