(Still from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, via)
I written twice before (here and here) about how the Tea Party movement contains an unstable, unsustainable alliance between the Libertarian types on the one hand, and the "family values" Christian crowd on the other. Politico polled the participants at the most recent DC tea party, and the results nicely underline this phenomenon:
The results, however, suggest a distinct fault line that runs through the tea party activist base, characterized by two wings led by the politicians who ranked highest when respondents were asked who “best exemplifies the goals of the tea party movement” — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a former GOP presidential candidate.
Palin, who topped the list with 15 percent, speaks for the 43 percent of those polled expressing the distinctly conservative view that government does too much, while also saying that it needs to promote traditional values.
Paul’s thinking is reflected by an almost identical 42 percent who said government does too much but should not try to promote any particular set of values — the hallmarks of libertarians. He came in second to Palin with 12 percent.
That's quite a fault line, and neither of these groups are known to play well with others. It's hard to see how just hate (for Obama) will keep them together. The tea party movement, for now, is existing in a political fantasyland, one with neither a platform nor candidates. Their laughable new "Contract with America" contains no "social issues" whatsoever, and obviously this isn't going to sit well with the Jesusy folks indefinitely.
Of course, given the advanced years of most of the tea partiers, they're going to die off soon enough anyway. Next movement!
EDIT - By the way, if you want some delicious Tea Party in-fighting schadenfreude see here.