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I thought it was my job to be the skunk at the garden party: yesterday’s John Locke Foundation “Headliners Luncheon.” Then Mr. Herbert Hoover Rosser (yes, his real name) stood up.
I was the token Democrat on the panel. The other panelists and audience members were savoring the prospect of big Republican wins come November 2.
They reminded me of the football player who, about to score after a dazzling run, spikes the ball on the five-yard line.
It was a sleek, well-fed, well-dressed crowd. They were meeting at the sumptuous Sisters Garden of Eating in Raleigh, a setting designed for wedding receptions and fancy cocktail parties. They were in a good mood, so they took my partisan jibes in good spirits.
But the temperature in the room changed when Mr. Rosser stood to ask a question. Or, rather, make a somewhat lengthy statement.
In a room full of people in nice suits and tasteful luncheon dresses, Mr. Rosser stood out. He was wearing a short-sleeved shirt in a bold American flag pattern.
He proceeded to denounce the luncheon’s organizers for not opening the session with a prayer. Further, as a veteran born in 1932 (hence his full name) he was dismayed that they didn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance.
He then began discussing the Founding Fathers and Tea Party. It soon became too much for the crowd. “What’s the question?” called one woman across the room. Moderator Mark Rotterman prompted the man to move along.
I missed the question. But not the tension. And I sensed that I had witnessed what lies ahead post-election for the Republicans between the Tea Party crowd and the country club crowd.
No one thanked Mr. Rosser for his advice, nor apologized for the program, nor promised to right this wrong at future events.
And I regret to say that Mr. Rosser apparently left before the session ended. I wanted to tell him that I recently attended a meeting of the Wake County Democratic Men that began with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Rosser, there is always a place for you in the party that is not afraid to show its love for God and country.


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3 comments on “Tea Party Skunk

  1. Carbine says:

    Good idea Gary. Mr. Rosser’s move from the Republicans to the Democrats will raise the average IQ of both parties.

  2. dap916 says:

    Ah…here we have that B.S. about the dissention between the teaparty people and the mainstream republicans. The libos are trying to work that to the max…Gary included. They want there to be a big rift between those two entities so bad they can’t stand it and they are trying so hard to get that done. But, alas, the teaparty and the mainstream republicans are so “like-minded” on just so many things that will affect this upcoming election…the socialist-democratic party isn’t gonna have much succsss with their efforts to create dissention within, so to speak. Nice try.

    Dems…your best bet is to wish that the pundits aren’t correct about what is gonna happen in November. Cross your fingers. Best you can do at this point.

  3. checkmate says:

    Well Gary, I was sitting next to the woman who shouted out, “What’s the question?” at Mr. Rosser. What you apparently didn’t hear (or won’t report) is that this lady received admonishment (basically about the need to be respectful of others’ points of view) from several people around our table after she made her remark. In addition, the “tension” (in the room) you said you felt was due to this woman’s embarassing display. Of course, I wouldn’t expect you to have recognized this because you’re a progressive, and this sort of thing happens frequently with folks you generally hang around with – especially if the speaker is a conservative.

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