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  •  Sitting Senators ought not to be campaigning (2+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, JaxDem

    for or against colleagues or challengers. Doing so is part of the whole extortionist gig they perpetrate against the citizenry.
    The Tea Party people actually have a legitimate gripe. They just haven't figured out yet that the extortion originates on Capitol Hill and that incumbents manipulate spending to keep themselves in office.

    •  "Misconception: That the 'tea-party' is populist.. (3+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor, hannah, Smoh

      Tea Party Radicalism is Misunderstood:  Meet the "Newest Right"

      The first misconception that is widespread in the commentariat is that the Newest Right can be thought of as being simply a group of “extremists”...

      The second misconception is that the Newest Right or Tea Party Right is populist. The data, however, show that Tea Party activists and leaders on average are more affluent than the average American...

      For all its Jacksonian populist rhetoric, the Newest Right is no more a rebellion of the white working class than was the original faux-populist Jacksonian movement...

      ...The Tea Party right is not only disproportionately Southern but also disproportionately upscale. Its social base consists of what, in other countries, are called the “local notables”—provincial elites whose power and privileges are threatened from above by a stronger central government they do not control and from below by the local poor and the local working class...

      The Koch dynasty...notwithstanding, those who make up the backbone of the Newest Right are more likely to be millionaires than billionaires, more likely to run low-wage construction or auto supply businesses than multinational corporations. They are second-tier people on a national level but first-tier people in their states and counties and cities...

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