At first some tea partiers referred to their activities as teabagging or to themselves as teabaggers, but they have since chosen to avoid these terms due to their sexual connotations.
Now one local elected official is reviving the teabag metaphor. State Senator Steven Tolman gave Senate President Therese Murray a marble plaque engraved with the inscription (alternately attributed to either former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt or actress Mae West ):
"A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water."I'm sure Senator Tolman didn't mean to connect the senate president with the tea party movement, right?
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