December 9, 2014 8:00 am -

[su_right_ad]Always the epitome of class, Tea Party congressional members plan to show up with t-shirts reading “I’m with stupid” when they rake MIT Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber over the coals.

The T-shirts, which were produced by Tea Party Patriots, are another symbol of how controversial Mr. Gruber has become as he prepares to face the House oversight committee.

“With all that’s going on in the Capitol, we didn’t want Mr. Gruber’s curtain call to go unnoticed,” said Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots co-founder. “We commemorated his appearance, and in the spirit of the Season, we’d like to offer the Obamacare architect a dozen. He can use them as stocking stuffers for the economically unsophisticated.”[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

42 responses to Tea Party To Wear ‘I’m With Stupid’ T-Shirts While Questioning Gruber

  1. rg9rts December 9th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Fine with me as long as they sit next to one another…

  2. OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Is one or both wearing it?

    It technically applies to both.

  3. Wayout December 9th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Good heavens, this man lied and schemed with the Democrats to portray the health care law as something it wasn’t and Tea Party people get taken to task? Give me a break!

    • tracey marie December 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

      oh please, stop being such a willfully ignorant whiny loser

    • allison1050 December 9th, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Pumpkin, I have ACA and it’s working for me.

    • William December 9th, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Still butthurt huh Skippy? You might want to do a little research and actually learn something about the ACA, but that would involve……uh…never mind.

    • Carla Akins December 9th, 2014 at 8:41 am

      No one is defending Gruber, but an elected official should act like a professional – and an adult.

    • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 8:50 am

      No he didn’t.
      The tea party has no idea what he said, or what it means.

      • Jimmy Smith December 9th, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Correct – that would require intelligence and reason and the Tea Party seems to lack of both of these qualities

    • crc3 December 9th, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Run for your lives!! The death panels are coming…the death panels are coming!!! LOL

    • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 10:34 am

      When deception’s all you’ve got to sell a product…

      • arc99 December 9th, 2014 at 10:41 am

        Death panels, euthanising the elderly, jack-booted IRS agents kicking down your door.

        You are quite right, deception was all the opponents had.

    • highpckts December 9th, 2014 at 10:38 am

      The fact remains that it is working! You just can’t accept that. We don’t want to start counting lies do we? The GOP is the record winner!

    • arc99 December 9th, 2014 at 10:51 am

      It was you right wingers who were lying and scheming, ranting about death panels.

      Educate yourself. The ACA is working. I know that most of you folks on the right are allergic to facts and objective analysis,but take the time to review this study done by the McKinsey and Co. They are not a liberal advocacy group. They are business advocates and consultants.

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  4. William December 9th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    This should don something more useful.

  5. tracey marie December 9th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The teabaggs allways behave as ignorant petty little bullies. Grow the hell up

    • allison1050 December 9th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      They’ll just be confirming what some of us already recognize.

      • tracey marie December 9th, 2014 at 8:37 am

        How childish do they have to be before people stand up and say enough?

        • allison1050 December 9th, 2014 at 9:19 am

          They just never cease to amaze me tracey.

  6. Carla Akins December 9th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I guess they won’t be holding this questioning in the Montana statehouse.

  7. thinkingwomanmillstone December 9th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Of course what they don’t understand is that the world will think they are identifying their fellow T-party members not Gruber. You are with your fellow party members…you are against Gruber. I’m surprised they chose such accurate Tshirts.

  8. Hirightnow December 9th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    All those members of some other country’s parliament fighting each other?
    All those parliament members in other countries insulting each other?
    Yeah,Tea Party…even those people are laughing at you.
    Thanks for perpetuating the stereotype of the ignorant, vulgar American.

  9. crc3 December 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    You know what they say…”birds of a feather flock together” and when it comes to stupid baggers are the leaders of the flock….

  10. searambler December 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    They’ll be wearing “I’m With Stupid” tee shirts. With the arrow pointing straight up, at their head…

  11. R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    So they’re with the American voter, and they want Gruber to understand that? They might not want to be so clever with their ideas. Some bloggers might not get it.

    • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 10:41 am

      So they’re with the American voter, and they want Gruber to understand that?


      In what way?

      They don’t know what the American voter knows about the law, and they don’t what what Gruber even said.

      • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 10:50 am

        Everybody knows what Gruber said, and said multiple times.

        • arc99 December 9th, 2014 at 10:52 am

          and I would wager that those people who know what Gruber said, and also have health insurance for their families for the first time, could care less, as do I and I have had health insurance for decades.

          • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 10:57 am

            As long as you don’t mind being considered “stupid,” I’m okay with that. (That’s Gruber saying it, not me, mind you.)

          • arc99 December 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

            when the choices are

            a. being called stupid and having health insurance

            b. being called smart and going bankrupt if I get sick

            I will take (a) every single time..

            I suspect most sane people will too.

          • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

            When people show the doctor, something “wonderful” from their insurance company that states, In compliance with the PPACA, and ask if that “Obamacare” will screw it up?

            Or people in Kentucky LOVE their Obamacare, as long as they can call it KyNect, and deny that it IS Obamacare, are THEY stupid, or are they ill-informed and the politicians who prey on them assume they are stupid?

        • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am

          No they don’t.
          They have no idea what he said. (except the stupid voter part)

          • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

            Why do they have no idea what he said. Do you have an idea what he said?

          • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

            Because it seem that the right thinks (or wants to think) that he said they hid the “tax”, when Gruber never believed that it was a tax, as a tax is meant to generate revenue and if they ACA works correctly, there will be no penalties.

          • R.J. Carter December 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

            But enough about the right. What about “they” — the American citizens, who were the subject. Do “they” know what Gruber said? What the law was about? Because you know what they said, and you know what they meant, so I’m just trying to establish the exact echelon, the pigeonhole in the intellectual pecking order, where you see yourself residing.

          • OldLefty December 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

            No they don’t, and that has nothing to do with Gruber.

            Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.” These positive evaluations are generally similar to the reviews that all insured Americans give to their health insurance.


            Survey: Most Republicans Who Bought Obamacare Coverage Like Their Plans

            From Kaiser;

            Fewer than four in ten Americans (37 percent) are aware that people who got new health insurance under the
            ACA had a choice between private health plans, while about a quarter (26 percent) think the newly insured were enrolled in a single government plan and about four in ten (38 percent) say they don’t know enough to answer the question.

            53 percent who say they saw any political ads about the law in the past month, more than twice as many say the ads they saw were mostly in opposition to the law rather than mostly in support of it (19 percent versus 7

            And….”To date, most Americans
            have been personally unaffected by the new health care law,” said CNN
            Polling Director Keating Holland.From Kaiser; most Americans continue to
            report no personal experience with the law to date.
Add that
            to; Most people get info from least trusted sources.


            It has nothing to do with any “intellectual pecking order”.

            It has to do with working in healthcare, following it since Nixon’s HMOs and getting my info from healthcare experts and reporters and not from political reporters.

  12. arc99 December 9th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This is hilarious, sad and oh so typical all at once. Remember ladies and gents, this is the political party that gave us a war for weapons that did not exist. Anybody who questioned that war was called a “traitor”. There were no weapons. Through either incompetence or dishonesty or both, the most senior members of the Bush administration were conned into a war based on lies from a Baghdad taxi driver.

    Now this same crew has their panties in a bunch because some hired bureaucrat hurt their feelings in the process of implementing a program that is helping millions of Americans, while nobody gets killed?

    Right wingers, shove it….

  13. Dwendt44 December 9th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    What??!! Congressmen are supposed to wear a suit and tie and look important. Preferably a $1000 suit and a $100 tie. They’d be out of ‘uniform’.
    If Gruber said something wrong, it was using everyday language instead of PHD level verbiage to describe the low effort thinkers that would be using the ACA.

    • ChrisVosburg December 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Despite the misleading lines in Alan’s writing above, Dwendt, congressional members will not be wearing “I’m With Stupid” tee-shirts while questioning detainees.

      Although that would certainly be entertaining, alas; it is merely the case that a “Tea Party Patriots” group plans to attend the hearings (whether on the steps or in the gallery is not clear), and would like to make Gruber a gift of a dozen or so of the shirts, haw haw yuk yuk, how clever.

      I look forward to Gruber’s appearance, and if he is as smart as I think he is, he’ll make monkeys out of this bunch of pontificating legislators pretending to be offended by what he said or did, and perhaps he’ll come armed with some helpful examples of each and every one of them sponsoring bills with names like “Sunshine Patriot Freedom Butterflies, Kittens and Rainbows Act” which in actuality do something truly awful– like gut Social Security benefits.

  14. Obewon December 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    If the shoe phone fits. Self-proclaimed Teabaggers ordered to wear ‘I’m With Stupid’ in Congress.

  15. Bunya December 9th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    If this is true, then there should be a hand pointing to the right. If Mitch McConnell sits to the right of the Boner, then I have no problem with this kind of truth in advertising.

  16. Ronald Woolever December 10th, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I can only assume that if they are wearing “I’m with stupid” Tee shirts that they are referring to themselves.