We’ve been to most of the local Fourth of July parades since we came here, and have ridden in some. We have an 8-year-old, so we like to bring him to an old-fashioned parade in our town. This year we went to Lake Tahoe instead.
According to Russ Steele’s blog, “There were five Tea Party Patriot vehicles, one ATV, one 18 wheeler and three classic cars” at this year’s parade, held in Nevada City. I dare say it was the only 18 wheeler in the parade.
Russ added that “100s” of Tea Party bumper stickers were handed out, too, along the parade route.
If you go to the Tea Party website it reads: “Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, will be leading the parade again. We’d like you to join us this year and help us make our presence known to all. You don’t have to be a member to join us in the parade. Just show up with friends and family in a red shirt.”
If the group is nonpartisan, why doesn’t it just hand out candy, not bumper stickers? Why does it have to make a statement?
Meanwhile, over on his blog, vocal Tea Party member Barry Pruett makes a snide comment about the recent survey by Congressman Tom McClintock that showed a right-leaning bias. “Build the Auburn dam,” people who responded to the survey said. (For full disclosure, Barry’s wife is one of Tom’s staffers).
“That may be all well and good…but the district is turning ‘purple.’ My tongue is firmly in cheek,” Barry writes.
No, Barry the county is going “purple,” not the district. It voted for Obama, Brown and your opponent, Greg Diaz. (McClintock, if you recall, referred to Greg as the “left wing” clerk-recorder at a Tea Party rally).
Nobody is commenting on Barry’s blog — a statement in itself.
Up here in Tahoe, the air is much clearer. Nobody cares about partisan politics on the Fourth of July. It is very refreshing!