In response to complaints in comments, here's an original thought (and a great read):
And now....the helpless despair sets in
But before you click on that link (and do click, it's worthy), I think this is as good a summation as any ... Giant Puppets:
All fun aside, there's obviously nothing wrong with the right attempting to engage in protest politics. The problem is that it was never clear what they were protesting. So far Obama has cut taxes for most of the population and... well, that's it. The protests of "The Left" have long been mocked for lacking message discipline. That criticism has often been fair. The difference is that our side's protests generally have a single point ("don't do this stupid fucking war in Iraq") which gets hijacked by a bunch of other causes when the speakers hit the stage. But the teabaggers... honestly, I still have no idea what it was about. I mean, I know it was about tribal allegiance against Barack Mumia Saddam Obama III. But it wasn't actually about anything else.But, then again, I would agree with Atrios, wouldn't I?
Pay special attention to that last frame, wingers. Whine and stomp your feet all you want, but elections still matter in this country.