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In a campaign cycle where the competition for the most palm-to-face stupid comment by a politician would be a helluva contest, it would seem we can finally declare an undisputed winner.

Observe former Congressman Tim Walberg. Walberg is in the midst of an expensive and competitive primary in Michigan's 7th district, as he tries to reclaim the seat he lost to Democrat Mark Schauer in 2008.

Clearly, if one thing has been made clear this electoral cycle, Republican candidates are required to exercise proper fealty to the teabagger movement. So, with the GOP primary looming in a couple of weeks, Walberg is working hard to corner that market.

But even pandering and kowtowing should be constrained by some semblance of...well...sanity. Consider that in trying to endear himself to the teabagger crowd, Walberg made the following observation:

"With the 9/12 movement, the Tea Party, people are standing up really for the first time in history," Walberg declared.

Evidently, Walberg seems to have overlooked some people-powered movements that were somewhat important.

The civil rights movement, for one.

Then again, if there is anything the last few weeks have made clear, there is a pretty startling disconnect between some of those folks Walberg was extolling and the civil rights community.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 03:38 PM PDT.

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