Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank makes 100 puns about Tea Parties

The Washington Post's newest opinion columnist is of the opinion that rhymes are hilarious


Alex Pareene
September 16, 2010 12:30AM (UTC)

Making fun of the whiteness of the Tea Parties -- and their sad attempts to change said whiteness -- is incredibly easy pickins. And that is why it is the subject of today's Op-Ed column by newly minted Washington Post opinion columnist Dana Milbank. And Milbank's opinion is that puns are really, really funny.

DiverseTea? Sounds like a politically correct beverage along the lines of Tazo Tea and Honest Tea (which makes President Obama's favorite, Black Forest Berry). Will the Tea Party movement, through its DiverseTea subsidiary, start brewing Hispanic Hibiscus and Jewish Jasmine? Same-sex Tea Party couples could sip Earl Gay.

Look, it is illuminating and amusing that Matt Kibbe and Dick Armey have launched a website that asks the question, "Are you a Diverse Tea Partier?" in order to collect photographs of black people to prove they're not racists. It is also funny that they only got five responses.

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But ugh:

DiverseTea, evidently, takes a long time to steep. Still, its launch is an acknowledgment that movement leaders are sensitive to the impression that the Tea Party is largely a coalition of angry, white, Protestant men. White tea may be loaded with antioxidants, but it's too weak a brew to sustain the movement.

I guess ol' Howie Kurtz wasn't having a laugh when he promised that new liberal Op-Ed columnist Milbank wouldn't be "putting his funny side ... in a blind trust."

The column, based on a Christian Science Monitor-hosted breakfast that was already written up in the news side, concludes by saying that Republicans, and the Tea Parties, are demographically doomed, because they are old and white, and also the Tea Parties are racist.

It ends with another pun based on a the name of an herbal tea that doubles as a gay joke.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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