It strikes me…
…that these “Tea Parties” are nothing more than GOP leftover rallies from a population still deeply absorbed in its own denialism over the loss of the Presidency to a Democrat.
And no, Republicans these days are not the same pedigree they were after the loss of Bush Sr. to the upstart Bill Clinton – and as Mark has noted, it’s the inclusion of the modern conservative movement into the Tea Party movement that has rendered it so dishonest. The last eight years have been deeply destructive to the Republican Party and to conservatism in general. The country has been Roved and Becked and Malkined into a nation of partisan hooligans. Charles Johnson had this clip of a tea party wherein a woman chants “Burn the books!” The problem with these rallies is, like the Palin rallies that preceded them, they are attempting to create a mob mentality, or as Chuck Norris said “a raging forest fire!”
People don’t burn books, mobs burn books.