Dean Chambers, election conspiracy theorist and occasional Jabba the Hutt cosplay enthusiast, is now claiming the IRS "suppression" of Tea Party groups cost Romney the election. Dean, never change.
By the states, my prediction was correct on 46 of the 50 states, and it was wrong only in four states – Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and Colorado. Mitt Romney won 206 electoral votes, which is 69 electoral votes short of the 275 I predicted. Those four states named above were worth 69 electoral votes for the 2012 election. These four states, in additional to many of the others, are states where the Tea Party movement is quite active.
Three Tea Party groups have been shut down in Pennsylvania (OP note: lol) as a result of the IRS harassing and delaying or denying their applications for tax-exempt status. Tea Party activist Jenifer Stefano, of Philadelphia, organized a group called The Loyal Opposition and filed an application for tax-exempt status with the IRS. It is one of three organizations in the state to be shut down as a result of the IRS targeting of such groups.
You know, I think the IRS royally fucked up with their heightened scrutiny of Tea Party hacktivists, but since we're on the topic, let's point out the fact that the IRS was subjecting them to said scrutiny over whether they should have been fucking tax exempt as they excreted their bilious propaganda out over the airwaves. Uncle Sam wasn't showing up to their town halls, picking up ordinary citizens by their ankles and upending them so that they didn't have enough change left for the bus home (not that Tea Partyists ever use public transport, because buses were invented by Joseph Stalin DONTCHAKNOW). No, perhaps it's just because so many of these fuckers jumped on the bandwagon at the same time that the IRS decided maybe there was something fishy about so many groups with a common theme asking for tax exempt status at exactly the same time:
[...]After the tea party movement took off in 2009, thousands of people around the country rushed to join in, many of them creating small nonprofit groups in their local areas. It didn't take long for infighting to set in and for claims of financial improprieties to fly—for example, there was the story of Saint Augustine Tea Party vs. Saint Augustine Tea Party Inc. Scuffles arose around the country as aspiring tea party groups saw money disappear or rules violated.
Since 2009, the Tea Party Patriots, a large national umbrella group, has claimed no fewer than 3,500 affiliates. Many applied for nonprofit status with the IRS, a prime reason the agency was so overwhelmed with applications. The people leading these groups were often neophytes politically and organizationally—or, as Dan Backer, a lawyer for TheTeaParty.net, explained in an interview with Mother Jones this week, "they didn't understand the complexity of what's involved."
Really, I'm more mad at the IRS for giving these assholes the currency they so desperately need: half-truths and "validation" that the evil, wicked monolith of the IRS that looms over us all has focused the Eye of Sauron on poor, beleaguered conservatives who already have it so fucking hard in this grand old nation of opportunity.
Un-photoshopped photo from here:
For the sake of proof we asked Dean to provide a photo of himself, and what you see here is real. This is really him. And no, we didn’t Photoshop it except to make it fit for width.