Skip to main content

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o was catfished by a 22-year-old man who masquaraded online as a cancer-stricken California woman of around the same age by the name of Lennay Kakua.

While the concept of the catfish -- someone who creates a Facebook or Twitter so they can sucker a man or woman into falling for them -- is relatively new, how the U.S. was catfished by the Tea Party isn't.

The Tea Party introduced itself to America about four years ago as an entity that loves its country and would fight tooth and nail to make its people prosperous again.

Millions of Americans were very enamored by the Tea Party's supposed platform of less or no taxes and personal freedom so much it reflected at the polls during the 2010 midterm elections.

But as time wore on, the Tea Party was shown not to be the defender and advocate of Main Street and its residents.

Instead, it was a mouthpiece of the corporate vampires who drained nearly all the blood out of once was a robust American economy.

Just like Te'o after he learned that "the love of his life" didn't exist, America found itself the butt of a cruel joke.

The Tea Party is no Eddie Murphy.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site