Thursday, September 30, 2010

Quick Hits: Tea Party Edition

  • A Matt Taibbi piece in Rolling Stone: "Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit."
  • Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on Tea Party funding sources: "At one rally, an effigy of a Democratic congressman was hung; at another, protesters unfurled a banner depicting corpses from Dachau. The group also helped organize the 'Kill the Bill' protests outside the Capitol, in March, where Democratic supporters of health-care reform alleged that they were spat on and cursed at.
  • My Country, Tis of Me, from The Atlantic: "Some people think that what unites the Tea Party Patriots is simple racism. I doubt that. But the Tea Party movement is not the solution to what ails America. It is an illustration of what ails America."

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