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I've done my share of posts on the tea baggers, and I've given my reasons why--even though I believe they're a fringy group that thrives on publicity--I've continued to cover them. It's kind of fun (and they throw a fit about the "bagger" tag. . .tough). But the time has come to say loudly, this is a fringe movement. They have managed to drag in some mainstream (kinda) politicians, but their cheerleaders are the usual suspects: faux grassroots organizations like Freedom Works; FOX "News"; right-wing talk radio, and arch conservative websites like FreeRepublic. In other words: the Republican base. Period.
These are the dead-enders, the 20-25%ers who think George W. Bush was a heckuva guy. The same people who swoon at every nonsensical utterance of Sarah Palin. Can they be a factor in November? Possibly. It is traditional for the President's party to lose Congressional seats in the first mid-term. But if they hadn't coalesced into the Tea Party, they'd still be there. Only this way, they hold hilariously misspelled signs, dangle tea bags off their hats, and generally look (and act) like idiots. Bonus!
The tea party's exaggerated importance
2009 was the year when many journalists concluded they were slow to recognize the anti-government, anti-Obama rage that gave birth to the tea party movement.
2010 is the year when news organizations have decided to prove they get it.
And get it. And get it some more. . .
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