What does this political button mean?
October 8, 2015 1:06 PM   Subscribe

I recently spotted a lapel pin that just read "129." The man wearing it also had on an anti-Hillary Clinton pin, some I'm guessing it likely involves conservative politics somehow, but Google isn't turning up anything useful at all - anyone know what "129" might be referring to? The guy was a lawyer and a New Yorker, if that helps.
posted by naoko to Grab Bag (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Constitution Party of the US has access to 129 electoral college votes. maybe that?
posted by jessamyn at 1:14 PM on October 8, 2015

Not seeing much but maybe one of these:

In 2010 129 tea party republicans ran for the house.

H.J.Res.129 - Appointing the day for the convening of the first session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.

The IRS official that they tea party doesn't like made $129k in bonuses over a period of years and they are somehow making it a political issue in article.

and lastly many articles saying that Glen Beck sells $129 jeans. 8-)
posted by bottlebrushtree at 1:15 PM on October 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm guessing it could be a reference to psalm 129, which states (in one version) that "May all who hate Zion
be turned back in shame." There's other versions with different wording, but basically it's about the destruction of any enemies of Israel.
posted by barchan at 1:16 PM on October 8, 2015 [4 favorites]

Concur with bottlebrushtree. Electoral history of the Tea Party movement: "In the 2010 midterm elections, The New York Times identified 138 candidates for Congress with significant Tea Party support, and reported that all of them were running as Republicans—of whom 129 were running for the House and 9 for the Senate."
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:16 PM on October 8, 2015

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