I know that this or that individual have taken credit for the formation of the Tea Party Movement, but it was Ace of Spades Blog that started the Moron Meetups that actually created the infrastructure that culminated in the Tea Party phenomenon.
I’ll warn you that Ace of Spades Blog is an adult blog, full of bad language and questionable subject matter, but it’s one of the best conservative blogs out there. And it’s damned funny, too boot.
Ace affectionately refers to his readers as ‘Ace of Spades Morons’ and his politcal allies as the ‘Moronosphere’.
Ace used to gather with his Moronosphere in NYC, but not everybody could make the journey, so a commenter proposed regional ‘Moron Meetups’.
Commenter Blankminde created the ability for these Moron Meetups to be registered on a national map and soon they blossomed in every city in the country.
This was in November of 2008. Months before the first Tea Parties in February of 2009.
I hosted the first Richmond, VA area Moron Meetup and attended the DC MM the next night. It was over the weekend following the election of Barack Obama and the mood was somewhat dour, but a kinship of strangers was developed and we knew that we were not defeated, simply suffering a setback, and that we would eventually blossom into something of a force to be reckoned with.
The funny part was that these were held in public houses (aka Bars) and identifying one another was a bit dodgy. You can’t just walk up to someone in a bar and ask, ‘Are you a Moron?’ But in all cases we found one another without incident.
The bottom line is, once Rick Santelli had his rant, it was a call to arms and a dog whistle to the Ace of Spades Morons. I know that 3 AOS Morons were heavily involved in the creation of the Richmond Tea Party. I suspect that other Morons were key players in their own Tea Parties across the country.
Thanks, Ace. Your blog has created life long friends and no, it wasn’t Ron Paul or Michelle Bachmann or even Freedom Works who created the Tea Party Movement. Sure. They all helped.
But it was AOS Morons who started their movements, city by city, block by block.
It was Ace of Spades Morons.