Adorable 85 Year-Old Congressman Politely Informed “Teabagger” Has Alternate Meaning

Among the many revelations in Robert Draper’s new book,  Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, about the wave of GOP freshman elected to the House in 2010, is this little gem:

Being a liberal Democrat, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan was no fan of all the new Tea Party members hanging around Congress — or “teabaggers,” as he referred to them.  However, being 85 years old, Rep. John Dingell was completely unaware that the term “teabagger” had another meaning.  And his staffers just let him go on like this, talking about teabagging wherever he went like an embarrassing uncle, until Dingell was booked on The Daily Show.  That’s when his chief of staff decided it was time to step in and finally have that awkward conversation with him about how kids these days are using the term to describe something other than hysterical conservatism.  But it’s Dingell’s reaction upon learning the other meaning of “teabagging” that earns him the new title, John Dingell (D – Awesomeland):

[T]he Congressman went through three different stages of reaction. At first, he said “hah,” then said “that’s disgusting,” and finally the octogenarian congressman reached the plain of acceptance and said, “It’s funny and I’m going to keep using it.”

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1,035 Responses to Adorable 85 Year-Old Congressman Politely Informed “Teabagger” Has Alternate Meaning

  1. John M


    I'm moving to Michigan just so I can vote for this guy.

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  2. Colby


    My hero!!!!!!!!!!

  3. RailroadMike


    I bet you 10 grand he can remember who the people were that was involved in the attempted take over of the US Government in 1933 ie: the "Business Plot". The same familys that fund the Tea Baggers.

    • aar33178


      I'm a Rodriguez and I fund the Tea Party. My family had nothing to do with any takeover. What a waste of a vote you are!

  4. danielpauldavis


    Typical of the "liberal Democrat"–finds out he's accidentally insulting people and thinks, "Good!"

    • tom rogers


      Yeah, why can't he be more civil, like the right-wing does?

      • crystal hall


        Because who wants up tight conservatives look at the polls specially now since young ppl have started to take an intrest yunz talk shit about this guy finding teabagging funny (which it was cuz he had no clue sweet old man effect), but i didnt see yunz callin bush a dumbass when he wanted OBGYN s performing their love on women. Maybe if people would just loosen up and laugh about things they'd have more people who listen to them.

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt


        Yeah, I think both parties are guilty of talking trash. That's not what I found notable about this anecdote. I just love Dingell's preternatural ability to not be embarrassed at all by what happened. I can only hope I will develop the same kind of moxy some day. Who knew a story about teabagging could be so adorable?

        • Barjack


          Uhhh . . . you already have it. If you don't know that, well . . .

          This blog has 'moxie' written all over it.

          • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

            Linda the Dolt


            Aww, thx!

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    • robthomaseyes


      Yeah, why can't he be civil like republicans and call all democrats baby killers, thugs, welfare queens, commies, etc.??

  5. jacquie


    Way to go Sir! Don't back down

  6. aar33178


    You libs ain't nothin' but class.

    • ramko


      Call the wambulance. You right wingers can dish it out (Rush, Beck, Faux Noos, Palin, Bachmann, etc) but you sure can't take it.

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  7. Denise Chesna


    Gotta love this guy! Gotta have a sense of a humor when dealing with Teabaggers in Congress. LOL! Tea Party has been funded by the Koch Brothers who have no intent of small government because they want to control government. Now that's funny!

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    • Barjack


      Sense of humor? I think a hatchet would work better . . .

  8. UhhHUH


    For what its worth:

    Teabaggers were the ones that started calling themselves that.

    • Mary Contrary


      No, it was not conservatives that started calling the Tea Party tea baggers. It was Anderson Cooper.

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