From Frank Rich’s NYT column, the naked truth: the tea party may think they’re taking over the country (by mugging the GOP), but all they’re really doing is serving as the vassal army for the real bosses set to gain even greater leverage in DC: corporate interests whose Republican viceroys will look to dunk their little teabaggies and get back to business as usual the instant the smoke clears from the election.
The bottom line:
For sure, the Republican elites found the Tea Party invaluable on the way to this Election Day. And not merely, as Huckabee has it, because they wanted its foot soldiers. What made the Tea Party most useful was that its loud populist message gave the G.O.P. just the cover it needed both to camouflage its corporate patrons and to rebrand itself as a party miraculously antithetical to the despised G.O.P. that gave us George W. Bush and record deficits only yesterday.
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