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  •  Oh come on. (3+ / 0-)
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    chicagobleu, Dbug, the good witch

    Why pretend the Tea Party was ever a thing?  It was never anything more than a Republican publicity stunt, bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and their ilk.  Those angry white guys shouting down their representatives in 2009 turned out to be lobbyists in their weekend clothes almost every single time.

    They are the same people as the Brooks Brothers mob that stopped the recount in Florida in 2000.  They're College Republicans who never grew up.  The one thing they did well is show America that Eisenhower Republicans no longer exist - that the party today is a party of thugs and swindlers.

    We can thank them for that, at least.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:18:01 AM PST

    •  I suspect there was a grass-roots element (1+ / 0-)
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      at the beginning of the Teabagger movement. Mostly because a top-down, Potemkin-village PR stunt would have not tripped over using the name "Teabagger", & have swamped the August town halls in such a chaotic manner.

      But in any case, by the time the Teabaggers became directly relevant -- the 2010 primaries -- they were firmly under corporate control. The modern GOP abhors their rank-&-file having any input beyond voting for the proper candidates.

      The problem is that, AFAIK, there has never been an investigative study of the Teabaggers that proved or disproved there had been a grass-roots element. Or even defined what this "grass-roots" element was -- if it ever was anything more than a bunch of old white folks made paranoid by Fox & RW talk radio who responded to the election of an African-American president with a lot of nasty & hateful noise, then looked to someone to tell them what to do next. I wouldn't be surprised if this lack of information was because the PTB feared that it had been a manufactured event from the beginning, thus discouraged anyone from looking too closely at it.

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