Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tea & Crackers: How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster -- by Matt Taibbi

By Matt Taibbi
Sep 28, 2010 7:01 AM EDT

This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of
Rolling Stone, available on newsstands on October 1, 2010.

t's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you'd expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners. Palin — who earlier this morning held a closed-door fundraiser for Rand Paul, the Tea Party champion running for the U.S. Senate — is railing against a GOP establishment that has just seen Tea Partiers oust entrenched Republican hacks in Delaware and New York. The dingbat revolution, it seems, is nigh.

"We're shaking up the good ol' boys," Palin chortles, to the best applause her aging crowd can muster. She then issues an oft-repeated warning (her speeches are usually a tired succession of half-coherent one-liners dumped on ravenous audiences like chum to sharks) to Republican insiders who underestimated the power of the Tea Party Death Star. "Buck up," she says, "or stay in the truck."

Stay in what truck? I wonder. What the hell does that even mean? ...

Click the post's title to read Rolling Stone's entire article.

"The Tea Party is many things at once, but one way or another, it almost always comes back to a campaign against that unsafe urban hellscape of godless liberalism we call our modern world."


Joie Vouet said...

Matt Taibbi has a blog, here.

He has some experience writing about Sarah Palin.

DiAnne said...

Thanks for posting this Joie. I listen to Matt on XM/Sirius radio. He is a frequent guest on Pete Dominic's show on POTUS. How nice that we can access Rolling Stone online these days, too.

Although I don't often post, I am a fan. Keep up the good work!