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  •  Contrast the two. (5+ / 0-)

    The various Occupy movements:
    -- no big money donors to speak of
    -- grassroots origins
    -- leaders from within, not without
    As a result, while the Occupy organizations are not flying their leaders around in Learjets and putting suspiciously well-funded candidates up for office, they are solid movements with the potential to continue shaping the dialogue in this country for another decade.

    The various Tea Party organizations:
    -- most are entirely dependent on big-money corporate and lobbyist donors
    -- what grassroots origins the various organizations once had (see Keli Carender for one example) were almost immediately swamped in mass-marketed, orchestrated initiatives by corporate lobbying firms such as AFP and Freedomworks
    -- for many of the larger organizations, leaders were imposed on the organizations by the lobbyist groups controlling the organizations
    As a result, the tea parties became, with few exceptions, examples of hollowed-out, mass-marketed puppet "movements" that had little real connection with the ordinary Americans that made up their ranks. They were doomed to fail from the outset; the only question was, how many candidates could they get elected in their timeframe, and more importantly, how much money could they gin up from their members and sponsors?

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