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Teabagging Party Query Confuses Innocent Supermarket Customer

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

These Tea Parties are really fun to cover and to blog about, but once you get so far inside the machinery of media and politics, it's easy to forget how isolated and insulating it can be, and that sometimes, just because there's a thing that's filling the newshole like gangbusters, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a massively important cultural event. For what it's worth, Tea Party day remains a faddish phenomenon enjoyed by a tiny hyper-involved portion of the public. I imagine that most people out there in America, if they are experiencing the Teabaggasm in any way, are having the sort of day that The Bloggess is having, in what is probably the most hilarious and trenchant Teabagging post of the year:

Then when I was checking out the bagger asked me if I was "going to any teabagging parties today". Like, WTF? And the cashier was just looking at me waiting for my response and I was all "Uh...no" because I was too shocked to say anything else and then I got home and thought maybe teabagging means something else now but no, I googled it and it still totally means the same thing.

Yes. One truth will remain after Fox closes up shop on Tea Party Day: ask a person if they're going to come to a teabagging party, and that person will think you are a pervert.

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