Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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Will We Even Have a Tea Party in Six Years?

"Local tea party groups are less organized and politically active than previously thought—and… much of the grassroots organization that swayed primaries was coordinated and financed by large national groups led by Republican insiders."
You don't say.

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deepomega (#1,720)

American politics in nationally-organized shocker. (Seriously, is there any "grassroots" campaign that is not nationally funded and organized?)

La Cieca (#1,110)

So, if I understand your rationale correctly, it's "Yes, Mommy, I did steal a cookie from the jar, but so did Joey, so it's not fair!!"

deepomega (#1,720)

My rationale is that this is how all politics in the US work. Republicans bitch about how George Soros funds MoveOn or how unions funnel money and protestors into Democratic events. Democrats bitch about the Kochs or how business interests funnel money into Tea Party events. Both of them act like this doesn't happen on their side. Very little in politics annoys me more then Go Team Red/Go Team Blue bullshit.

Moff (#28)

Nah, it's definitely funnier/sadder than usual in this particular case.

MSP (#7,417)

How can we really consider them a Party (with a capital P) in the first place? When it comes down to it, their candidates are on the ballot as Republicans.

Secondly, I don't see how a group who runs entirely on "We're fighting the establishment!" can sustain itself if it actually becomes part of the establishment.

City_Dater (#2,500)

And "fighting the establishment" means something different to each and every one of those crazies anyway, so it's not so much a party platform as a movement.
A movement of racists who don't realize the "establishment" pays for tons of stuff they happily use every day.

deepomega (#1,720)

Good point – and there's some really great/weird/interesting schisms happening on the right over this! The Castle/O'Donnell clusterfuck has led to a lot of bad blood, with republicans blaming each other for O'Donnell's bad polling (and trying to convince themselves she can overcome a double digit gap in zero days).

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Capitalization is pretty important in that word.

Contrast:
"party"
"Party"
"ParTAY"

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes I heard the tea party was planned for a Sunday, but the invitation said Saturday. Total disaster. And Sue forgot the scones.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

She better bring a package of Pimm's Lu or GTFO.

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