In case you were wondering how that Tea Party Convention was going in Nashville, here are some highlights:
Former Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has told an enraptured crowd that because “we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country, people who could not even spell the word ‘vote,’ or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
Some of the Partiers were talking about getting TP candidates on the ballot, though convention spokespeople tell the Daily Caller they prefer to work with the two-party system, by which they mean the Republican Party.
The convention provides reporters with plenty of colorful people to interview. “My usual inclination when I’m frustrated is to pull a pistol out and end everything,” former Secret Service employee William Temple tells Time while dressed as Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett. “Sarah’s a woman I hope to kiss one day.” He promised to come the next day dressed as a British Redcoat.
There are reportedly around 600 paid attendees and “more than 150 reporters” at the event. Conventioneers were charged $549, but $349 seats are said to be available for Sarah Palin’s keynote address during a big surf-and-turf dinner on Saturday.