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Anderson Cooper had David Gergen, the director of the Center for Public Leadership, on his show last night to talk about the President's recent economic speech and what kind of response they could expect from Republicans. At the end of some serious policy talk they had this exchange:
Gergen: "They still haven't found their voice, Anderson. This happens to a minority party after it's lost a couple of bad elections, but they're searching for their voice."
Cooper: "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging."
He was, of course, referring both to the conservative anti-tax tea bagging protests and to the sex act. Cooper is the latest in a long line of cable news hosts to mock the tea baggers for their choice of terminology. Rachel Maddow had blogger Ana Marie Cox on her show last week and the pair spent an entire segment exploring the double entendres made possible by these protesters. Then David Shuster got in on the action by cracking jokes about "going nuts" and needing a "Dick Armey". Of course, not everyone finds this hilarious.