• The Loneliest Tea Partier

    Washington state cast its 12 electoral votes for Barack Obama, as was the will of its electorate. Its voters also saw fit to legalize both gay marriage and recreational marijuana usage.

    So, as I'm sure you can imagine, a place like Seattle is pretty much a nightmarish hellscape of oppression for freedom-loving Tea Party activists

    "It's getting harder and harder for me. I was at Trader Joe's, and I was glaring at everyone around me," says Keli Carender, 33, co-organizer of the local group… "I kept thinking I was surrounded by people who are destroying freedom,"says Carender. "It's starting to make me angry, not wanting to be around these people."

    Trader Joe's? Well, that's your first problem right there. I'm pretty liberal myself, and I have almost the exact same reaction when I walk into that place. I suspect there's something in the cassava flour or buckwheat groats that infuses people with insufferability.

    I think the key to survival in a place in which you're hopelessly outnumbered is to surround yourself with like-minded people. Seattle's a big town; there's got to be a thriving community of conservative patriots…

    Carender is one of three people listed as leaders of the Seattle Tea Party Patriots, and over the weekend they got together to tell their stories of life in one of the most politically blue cities in the country. These days, the group has about 925 on its email list, and maybe 18 people show up at monthly meet-ups.

    Eighteen. That's… a number. There're bigger numbers, sure. But there're smaller ones, too. Seventeen to be exact.

    Photo by Ron Lamkey/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Drugs, LGBT, Marijuana, Marriage Equality, Tea Party, Washington


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