The Tea Party people keep saying it is not a political party.
And I keep calling BS on that notion.
They are acting like a political party, taking positions on various issues, fielding candidates who gnash the loudest, and raising money for who knows what. Quacks like a duck.
Now comes news that the Tea Party is trying to take over the Republican Party one precinct at a time. Across the country, activists are teaching the faithful how to run for precinct offices. The plan is already unfolding in several states: Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, Ohio, etc.
Don’t get me wrong. These people have every right to try. Just drop the charade about being a “movement not a party.” Hooey. Even your own people with tea bags hanging from their hats and misspelled signs aren’t that gullible. When the vanguard takes over the old guard, it becomes a political party, right?
Granted, there are some damned strange political dynamics at work. And new technologies in play make it easier to draw a crowd, raise money, step in the dogma. Too many wanna-be king-makers making castles in the air. Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin come to mind. And that racist fool, Tom Tancredo.
News flash: Sarah Palin is an elitist. Proof? Look at her National Tea Party audience. Predominantly white. Above average income. And all that hooey about using her $100,000+ speaking fee for the cause -- why not just waive the fee instead of laundering the money?
I know. If you are “right” brained, this does not resonate. And if you are “left” brained, this doesn’t go far enough. Keep trying. It would be better if we could meet in the middle.
We'll see, but I'm skeptical.