Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.
As I pointed out before, McArdle's boyfriend used to work for FreedomWorks, and she threw her reputation behind them. It's a good thing McArdle isn't a journalist or she might be feeling embarrassed about it all. Especially since Ta-Neisi Coates quotes Krugman and considers the whole tea-bagging scene as another example of the general decline of the GOP into madness.
Krugman "is one of the self-appointed nemeses of our Megan McArdle"...
NO, NO, NO. McMegan argued against him a few times, and the result was roughly equivalent to watching the Invasion of Iraq—no one wouldn't know the outcome (yes, this proves that Saddam was smarter than McMegan), but the loser does her best imitation of the now-quadruplegic knight in Holy Grail.
Besides, if you can't shill for your boy friend and get Paid Well for it, what's the purpose of working at a n/o/n/-/p/r/o/f/i/t/ Shill Factory?
Did that come out backwards? Rats. I mean to say that McArdle's appointed some people as her sworn enemies and tries to battle them. And that it's really funny to watch.
GOP into madness.
I'm watching from behind my fingers, because it is so horrifying. What will they do next?
I don't know, it's getting pretty weird. I can't tell if there's going to be violence or if they'll end up wandering cities dressing up like Revolutionary War characters and yelling at pedestrians.
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