Screen grab from John Waters' Pecker.
Last month I wrote about how the Tea Party™ movement was going to tear itself apart when forced to contend with the "social issues" so important to the nutty Christians, issues which they currently ignore altogether.
Well, sure enough, push is coming to shove, as demonstrated by this long article at Politico about how the Christianists are upset with the Libertarian-type teabaggers for ignoring "their" issues, while the Libertarians are nervous that those very issues will sink them:
There’s no centralized tea party organization, and anecdotes suggest that many tea party participants hold socially conservative views. But those views have been little in evidence at movement gatherings or in public statements, and are sometimes deliberately excluded from the political agenda. The groups coordinating them eschew social issues, and a new Contract From America, has become an article of concern on the social right.
The contract, sponsored by the grass-roots Tea Party Patriots as well as Washington groups such as FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform, asks supporters to choose the 10 most important issues from a menu of 21 choices that makes no mention of socially conservative priorities such as gay marriage and abortion.
“They’re free to do it, but they can’t say [the contract] represents America,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a veteran of the Christian right. “If they do it they’re lying.”
Groups such as FreedomWorks, said Perkins, bring a libertarian bias that doesn’t represent the “true Tea Parties.” Brendan Steinhauser, the director of federal and state campaigns at FreedomWorks, responded that the contract represents activists’ priorities.
It's easy to see where this is heading: take on the queers and the unborn, alienate the Ayn Rand fans; ignore the fags 'n' fetuses, lose the fundamentalists.
Can't they all just get along? Ha, no.