Caution: viewer discretion advised. Readers may become dizzy while trying to unravel recent changes in Republican lineage. Herewith, the begats:
Let’s start with what we know: out of 2,900 votes delegates to the CPAC convention picked libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul as their far away presidential favorite with 31 percent. Yet, CPAC officials were embarrassed at the logical outcome.
Furthermore, most people credit Paul as father of the Tea Party movement. So why are three Tea Party candidates challenging Paul’s re-election to congress in the primary?
Enter Sarah Palin, stage right of course. She spoke at the Tea Party convention but did not even attend the CPAC convention. As a consequence, she ran fourth in their presidential beauty contest.
Palin has endorsed Paul. Not Ron. His son, Rand, who is running for another seat in another state. You think she will endorse Ron?
Palin has also endorsed John McCain, who has a nut-case running against him. And some Tea Baggers rail against Palin’s support of McCain.
Still with me?
All of this is against a new backdrop -- the resurgence of the ultra, ultra far right John Birch Society as a co-sponsor of the CPAC convention. The Birchers were kicked out of the GOP maybe fifty years ago. What changed?
One after another CPAC speakers called for violence in some form or another. The Republicans, fearing the Tea Party mob at the gates, have become more militant. The GOP is adopting de facto the Tea Party creed – if it moves, bite it. Repeatedly, the CPAC speakers raised the blood lust. Even mild-mannered Mn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty advocated smashing government windows (?) with nine irons. And there was Tom Tancredo, with his poorly-disguised racist crap.
And Glen Beck braying there is no need for a GOP big tent. He never was good at math. Read this, Glen: In just a few years, the white population majority will flat-line as the new minority in the U.S. (Prediction: Beck's speech will gnaw on the GOP and he will lose support.)
Conclusion: By a thin margin, there are more CPAC kooks than Tea Party kooks.
Worse. There are more of them than there are of us.