Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Down a Keg of Millstream and Freebase Wheat:

Now the saddest part of this billboard in Mason City, Iowa, paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party, is not the idiotic comparison of President Barack Obama to Hitler and Lenin. Oh, no. It's not the absolutely disingenuous response from the group, which was, "The pictures overwhelmed the message. The message is socialism." That's like saying the real issue in the Roman Polanski case is our extradition treaties.

No, the saddest part is not the moron's understanding of the vast, vast differences between the Nazi's "socialism" and the Soviet Union's. Or that a legally elected President and Congress spending money in the way they said they'd spend money when they campaigned during that election does not equal socialism. When one goes to Beck U, one can't get all those nuances in a 90-minute online lecture. If you're letting a man with no hands fuck you in the ass, you can't expect to get a reacharound.

And, no, the saddest parts are not the unwittingly ironic statements on the billboard. To "Live free or die," one might say, "Umm, didn't you just get to put up a big ass sign that says the President is Hitler? That seems pretty goddamn free, motherfucker." To "Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive," one might say, "Truer words, man, truer words."

The saddest, most pathetic, most "Tell me about the rabbits, George" part of the thing is this: "Democrat Socialism." Why? Because the use of the word "Democrat" as an adjective. It's a trick that Republican cockmongers toss around, as a way of denigrating the Democratic Party by emphasizing "rat" at the end. It's sort of like looking at Newt Gingrich's big ass and saying, "Now that's a Republi-can." Except not as funny. The GOP's language game goes back, at least, to Joe McCarthy. And it's been used by Republicans since in order to tarnish the name of the opposition.

What's sad is that, by using it, the North Iowa Tea Party is taking on the vocabulary of the elite and powerful on the right. It's as if they're insisting to Mommy and Daddy that they can wear big boy pants now. It's like they're just pleased as punch that they get to be Sarah Palin's and Jim DeMint's lackeys or Frank Luntz's whores. God, how pleased the ultraconservative Republicans must be; how they must laugh. They've got the yokels suckered now, so much so that the yahoos think they can act like they have any power at all or plans more than destroying Obama for the sake of destroying Obama.

Bonus points: The North Iowa Tea Party website features this line about a reading group it's put together: "The aim is to study the Constitution of the United States and focus people's attention on the abominations being perpetrated on us by the 'entitlement people' and the politicians that benefit from their votes." Ya gotta admire the phrase "entitlement people." It's the newest way to say, "Niggers."