Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today's must read is the New York Times' lengthy analysis of the Tea Party movement, and if it doesn't scare the pants off you, you should probably check your pulse. What reporter David Barstow makes clear is that the Teabaggers shouldn't be seen as the fringey edge of the Republican Party, but as a bridge between the GOP and the so-called Patriot movement, better known to most of us as crazy, ultra-right militia types. Ruby Ridge, Waco, and even the Unabomber are mentioned. It's also clear that Glenn Beck, not Sarah Palin, leads this trend. Eventual catastrophe seems inevitable. Oh, sure, we've had our fun laughing at the Teabaggers, but I have a feeling none of you will be laughing by the end of this article.