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  •  According to the Bagger narrative (7+ / 0-)

    The Tea Party was "spontaneously" ignited in early 2009 by CNBC's Rick Santelli lambasting the federal government on TV in opposition to the stimulus package.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:16:23 PM PST

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    •  And that's why the buses showed up! (12+ / 0-)

      because "Spontaneous!"

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:54:53 PM PST

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    •  Of course (13+ / 0-)

      And of course to individual Tea Partiers that's exactly what it felt like. little would they know or recognize the stagecraft going on behind the scenes.

      On the same day as Santelli’s rant, February 19, another site called went live. This site was registered to Eric Odom, who turned out to be a veteran Republican new media operative specializing in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns.
      Up until last month, Odom was officially listed as the “new media coordinator” for the Sam Adams Alliance, a well-funded libertarian activist organization based in Chicago that was set up only recently. Samuel Adams the historical figure was famous for inspiring and leading the Boston Tea Party—so when the PR people from the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance abruptly leave in order to run Santelli’s “Chicago Tea Party,” you know it wasn’t spontaneous.
      But it’s the Alliance’s scrubbing of their link to Koch that is most telling. A cached page, erased on February 16, just three days before Santelli’s rant, shows that the Alliance also wanted to cover up its ties to the Koch family. The missing link was an announcement that students interested in applying for internships to the Sam Adams Alliance could also apply through the “Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program” through the Institute for Humane Studies, a Koch-funded rightwing institute designed to scout and nurture future leaders of corporate libertarian ideology.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:55:11 PM PST

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