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  •  3 categories of Teabaggers (2+ / 0-)
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    nargel, AZphilosopher
    1.  People who are longtime GOP operatives/supporters and are cynically trying to gin up opposition to the Dems on a populist level.
    1.  People upset with BOTH houses of Congress and hoping against hope for a revival of true conservatism.  They aren't Democrats but want citizens to have more of a voice.
    1.  People new to politics who are awakened by the financial crisis and generally mistrustful of government, particularly federal government.

    The first category, obviously, fits into your "arm of the Republican party".

    But the second and third categories are legitimately swing voters.  Many of them are concerned/upset about things like warrantless wiretaps and bank bailouts.  They're either disenchanted fiscal conservatives or civil libertarians opposed to a strong federal government.

    Do I honestly think that teabaggers care about the issues?  Yes.  I do.  But do they trust that government can police itself?  No, I think they believe that government is catastrophically and irretrievably screwed up.  Which means that they probably won't vote, might vote but won't volunteer, and ultimately won't help the GOP.

    That's my reading of the tea leaves.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 10:54:02 AM PDT

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