A lot of earnest verbiage has gone into analyzing the so-called “tea party”, most of it
fatuous and overwrought. The Democrats are expected to quake at the prospect of losing many current incumbents to this motley rabble of angry voters.
The tea party’s inchoate anti-government sentiments do play into the hands of corporate oligarchs, who stand to benefit from whatever political influence the tea party’s “agenda” may have in Washington. This is why, of course, the GOP spin machine plays them up for all they’re worth. And, this is why the Left smells a whiff of fascism in the political air.
Still, the tea party phenomenon will likely dissipate after November’s elections, in
which the Dems will probably comfortably prevail. What local commentator Paul Danish likes to call the “marijuana party” is actually larger than the tea party and better represents the generally progressive inclinations of most Americans, especially the younger generations.
In truth, the over hyped tea party “movement” is rather shallow & largely media driven. It’s manipulated by cynical GOP operatives, who’re so desperate to be relevant that they resort to exploiting these naïve populists, just as they did the now dispirited Evangelical movement.
The tea partiers aren’t fascists themselves, they’re simply dupes of the very System they say they oppose.