In the wake of the “coffee party" now taking on the “tea party,” proposals are flowing by the gallon for other beverage-based political movements.
Not all of them are family-friendly. But here are a few possible movements brewing in the minds of would-be revolutionaries, highlighting America's fluid political landscape.
The Mead Party. Michael Holmes of Concord, N.H., another Monitor Facebook fan, writes: "Word is the Neo-Norse are waging a Mead-Party bent on expansion of plundering and pillaging rights. I'm seeing increasing coverage of horned-hat-wearing picketers in front of Denmark's Folketinget."
The Vitamin Water Party. Proposed by a Gawker commenter, who offers this handy platform: “We believe Crystalline Fructose is better than corn syrup, therefore we also believe in Clean Coal. There is no problem in this country or the world that can't be solved with a short, philosophical paragraph containing quirky wit.”
The Gatorade Party. Barnes & Noble blogger Wordsmith says the anti-obesity, healthcare focused Gatorade Party believes “there should be a winner” to every debate. “Therefore, rather than traditional filibuster rules, The Gatorade Party endorses an Eliminator round in the style of American Gladiators, to decide if a bill should reach a vote. The winner, of course, gets a Gatorade shower.” Slogan: “Less talk, more action.”
Finally, here are a couple of real political movements (not to be confused with President Obama's "beer summit" last summer).
Organizer Annabel Park lays out its rough framework in a short video: "We object to obstructionism and extreme political tactics that are, I think, are fear-based, not reality-based, and in many ways just deliberate misinformation.” Slogan: “Wake up and stand up.”
The Drinking Tea Party. A movement for rebel bloggers and activists in China, who openly blog about attempts by Communist Party operatives to gently intimidate critics by offering low-key warnings over cups of tea. Drinking Tea activists stand behind Charter 08, a bold call for political reform in China that yielded 11 years of jail time for co-author Liu Xiaobo.