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Carl Paladino, tea partyers, etc.

Anybody out there suffering from Carl Paladino fatigue?

Yeah, me too.

I've got extra reason for it. Since the week before he announced, I've been compiling data and crunching numbers trying to determine the extent of Paladino's dealings with the government he is railing against in his campaign for governor. The story is scheduled to run Sunday, so save up your pennies, boys and girls, and spring for a paper.

I'm glad Carl has decided to hang on as a candidate at least through the weekend, so the story remains relevant. Not that he's got much of a campaign left. I mean, when you draw only 35 people to a rally in New York City, well, it's all over but the shouting.

Of course, with Paladino, there could still be a lot of shouting.

My advice to Carl is, well, first, return my phone calls so I can add your two cents to my Sunday story, and stop with the "elite liberal" talk. Take my word for it, it's not just the arugula eaters who are having a hard time getting past you sending those racist and pornographic e-mails, especially the one involving the woman and Mr. Ed.

Speaking of which:

Anyway, on to the news of the day.

Gov. David Paterson has had second thoughts regarding his cockamamie idea to review Paladino's leases with state agencies to determine if there's a way Albany could break them. It seems there are no morality clauses to be found.

Paterson's idea was a dumb one to begin with. If the government is going to stop doing business with offensive people, it would have to knock several noted developers off the list, starting with Bill Huntress of Acquest Development, who is doing a lot of business with the federal government, among others.

Why Huntress? Read this.

Elsewhere, the Tea Party crowd is starting to flail away at each other. Big surprise there, huh?

Why, just yesterday I was telling Donn Esmonde that the Tea Party movement could end up like the IRA -- ya know, Official Tea Party, Provisional Tea Party, Real Tea Party, etc. All shooting at each other, as well as the so-called enemy.

It seems the sniping -- verbal, that is -- has already started, according to a story Jerry Zremski has in today's paper. The warring factions are using terms like "nut case" and "gray-haired old farts" to describe each other.

They're correct, of course. On all counts.

Think not? Read the poll results published yesterday by The New York Times that shows that those with an affinity for Tea Party politics tend to be really white, really conservative and really angry.

Some of them are also kind of kooky. I mean, nine in 10 think Obama has us on the road to socialism, according to the poll.

Consider this quote from The Times story from a Florida retiree:

“I just feel he’s getting away from what America is. He’s a socialist. And to tell you the truth, I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that direction."

Translation: "I'm white and I want my president to be white, too."

The socialist tag has been used by white supremacists against African-American leaders for a century. The prime example is FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's attempts to hang the communist label on Martin Luther King.

None other than Congressman Ron Paul, a darling to much of the right, dismisses the ongoing socialist rants aimed at Obama.

Here's what he had to say at a recent gathering of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

"The question has been raised about whether or not our president is a socialist. I am sure there are some people here who believe it. But in the technical sense, in the economic definition of a what a socialist is, no, he's not a socialist."

"He's a corporatist. And unfortunately we have corporatists inside the Republican Party and that means you take care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country."

Before I leave the subject, take a look at this hilarious slide showat the New York Daily News on all the misspelled protest signs at Tea party rallies. The Daily News dubs it "teabonics."

But I digress. This blog is supposed to be about Carl Paladino. But enough about Carl Paladino. Read Sunday's story and blog post and we'll pick up the conversation after that. And then, hopefully, we can move on.


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