Spawned by Libertarian minds, these TEA parties (Taxed Enough Already) have evolved from being anti-tax and spend (a Bush Administration specialty) to being Anti-Obama, Anti-Healthcare, Anti-Democratic Party.
By showing up in numbers, these stooges of fear mongerers and lobbyists hope to give the impression of a growing silent majority where only the reverse is true.
The only thing that is growing is a growing sense among these people that speaking out in very ugly, ill-mannered ways that have bordered on unbridled racist bile will get their message heard.
Something that, in this day and age, seems to be effective in attracting media attention.
All of this, it seems, gives some in the GOP pause. While the DC TEA party will attract some office holders from the rightwing of the Republican party, guys like House GOP Chairman Mike Pence (R – Ind.), it looks like mainstream Republicans are giving this rally a pass.
“Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (
) and other Republicans, said there is an ‘opportunity for Republicans’ to tap into legitimate fears about an overreaching federal government. But he said that ‘right-wing nutballs are aligning themselves with these movements’ and are dominating media coverage.” Ariz.
“‘It's bad for Republicans because in the absence of any real leadership, the freaks fill the void and define the party,’ McKinnon said.”
A gallery of today’s events in DC follows, courtesy of HuffingtonPost.