A few weeks ago, I went on WGBH to go tete-a-tete with John O'Hara, author of The New American Tea Party. O'Hara disputed the notion that Tea Partiers are remotely extremist.
Hmmm … well, let's take a look at the schedule of events at their convention, shall we?
Moore was also a notable opponent of a proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution in 2004. Known as Amendment 2, the proposed legislation would have removed wording from the state constitution that referred to poll taxes and required separate schools for “white and colored children,” a practice already outlawed due to civil rights-era legislation.
Hmm. Sounds pretty mainstream!
And then there's the topic, “Correlations between the current Administration and Marxist Dictators of Latin America”, tomorrow am! Awesome. Let the chalk dust fly!
And then there's Joseph Farah, editor of WorldNetDaily, a notorious birther. Birtherism, of course, is indeed mainstream among Republicans. So maybe I should concede that Farah is mainstream … kind of.
Something that's important and interesting from the schedule is that the Tea Party folks are taking neighbor-to-neighbor, ward-and-precinct organizing seriously. This is how Obama won; this is how Deval Patrick won; this is how the Dems usually dominate Masssachusetts; this is how one wins elections. No matter how daffy the ideas, people will generally believe what their trusted friends and neighbors tell them.
Their ideas invite, and require, mockery. But as a political force, the Tea Party is indeed to be taken very, very seriously.