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Tea Party Member Breaks Ranks and Votes for Self-interest

Tea Party Member Breaks Ranks and Votes for Self-interest

In a surprising move, Tea Party member Wright Wing admitted that he decided to break ranks and vote for Barack Obama for president.

“Believe me, I had no intention of voting for Obama,” said Mr. Wing. “But when I sat down and actually read the campaign literature from both sides, I realized that voting Democratic was in my best interests.”

Like most Tea Partiers, Wing had previously relied on his gut instinct and advice from supposedly reliable sources like Rush Limbaugh and the Koch Brothers.

“They told me Obama was a socialist and a danger to the country,” said Wing. “And I took them at their word but I didn’t realize until reading the party platforms that Obama was going to lower my taxes and make the rich pay. That sounds pretty reasonable to me.”

Mr. Wing also discovered that Obamacare was not some evil communistic plot but a reasonable plan to provide all Americans with health care coverage.

“Jeesh, I thought it was some crazy plan with exorbitant costs and death panels,” said Wing. “Nobody told me that it was a straightforward health plan that would cover me even if I had a pre-existing condition like willful blindness or terminal ignorance.”

Sadly for Mr. Wright, his revelation and conversion did not come without a cost. His fellow Tea Partiers have tarred and feathered him and run him out of town. Worse yet, they branded his chest with a large “L” for liberal.

“We can’t have people thinking for themselves,” said Tea Party member Noel Brainer. “After all, that would mean the end of our party.”


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3 Responses to “Tea Party Member Breaks Ranks and Votes for Self-interest”

  1. Brian White says:

    I think Tea Partiers only, exclusively, vote in their own self-interest. The difference is in this case one of them actually realized who was better for them.

  2. Dave Martin says:

    Sadly, I think they are duped by the plutocrats like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

  3. Barb Weir says:

    Fortunately, Mr. Wing seems to have had the good sense to recognize that self-interest begins with the corporations, which Obama rewarded generously in his health plan. If we had a single-payer health care plan, as advocated by the Greens, our health care would cost half as much, but be placed in the unreliable hands of doctors and patients rather than the tender care of HMOs and pharmaceuticals.


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