"Teatanic” or “TEAtanic” (tea party + Titanic) is a term used by those who believe that the tea party’s politics is a disaster (like the sinking of the RMS Titanic). The term “Teatanic” has been cited in print since at least January 31, 2011, but was popularized by liberal filmmaker/author Michael Moore in interviews and lectures in September 2011.
RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, and sank on 15 April 1912, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The largest passenger steamship in the world at the time, the Olympic-class RMS Titanic was owned by the White Star Line and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, UK. After setting sail for New York City on 10 April 1912 with 2,223 people on board, she hit the iceberg four days into the crossing, at 11:40 pm on 14 April 1912, and sank at 2:20 am the following morning. The high casualty rate resulting from the sinking was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people. A disproportionate number of men died due to the “women and children first” protocol that was enforced by the ship’s crew.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Hysterical Raisins: The Teatanic
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has devoted two segments since Tuesday to criticism of CNN’s decision to air Michele Bachmann‘s Tea Party response to the State of the Union: ...
Ramming the TEAtanic into the Shutdown Iceberg
April 07, 2011 03:45 PM EDT
Sep 15 ‘11
Michael Moore and Elisabeth Hasselbeck get into it on The View
At some points during his stint on The View, their resident conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed with Moore, particularly when he said that Republicans should pick a more moderate candidate like Utah governor Jon Huntsman. He half joked that “Republicans are so committed to the Tea Party that they’re on the Teatanic.”
Michael Moore: “Teatanic” Tea Party Sinking GOP, GOP Should Nominate Huntsman
September 16th, 2011
Posted By Pat Dollard
Michael Moore Tells College Students ‘It Will Require A Rumble’ To Fix America
by Tommy Christopher | 4:58 pm, September 19th, 2011
Elsewhere in his Q&A, Moore drew a laugh from the audience when he said that Republicans “are Americans, too,” and re-dubbed the Tea Party the “Tea-tanic.”
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