More Red Herring with that Tea?

April 15, 2010

The Tea Party has been billed as an organic grassroots operation, but a newly uncovered document obtained by Politico suggests the movement has been successfully co-opted as a Republican fundraising ploy.

GOP political consultant Joe Wierzbicki floated the proposal a year ago today to create the Tea Party Express, a nationwide bus tour to “give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.” His idea eventually became one of the best known brands in the Tea Party movement.


Then there is the massive Koch Industies connection…



  1. Like ANYONE ever believed the “grassroots” label. Except the idiots gullible enough to believe the tea party schtick…

  2. A confused group of misled people. Most believe that Obama has raised taxes (he cut them), and that the health care bill was a “government takeover.”

    The movement is NOT organic? It’s astroturf and not grassroots? I’m shocked. Shocked! Who could have guessed?

  3. …and recent polls confirm… not “poor down trodden working people” – above average income, above average education (would never guess that from the signs), white, male, likely to be on the government dole (Social Security/Medicare), and yes they think the government helps browns and black too much…

    Sorry to mess with your illusions folks… (snark)

  4. “Watching the rise of the Tea Party movement has been a frustration to me, and not just because it is ugly and seeks to traduce so many of the values I hold dear.

    Even worse has been the overwhelming historical myopia. As the Times’s new poll numbers amply confirm — especially the ones establishing that the Tea Partiers are overwhelming Republican or right-of-Republican — they are the same angry, ill-informed, overwhelmingly white, crypto-corporate paranoiacs that accompany every ascendancy of liberalism within U.S. government…

    There will be shrieking. It will be the shrieking of a small minority. Democrats stand nothing to gain by paying overmuch attention.”


  5. Are you talking about Politico the blogger.. LOL.. what is this.. stuff Graychin.. their are groups all over the place..

    This group just takes on more press.

    The stuff that will change what is happening in DC today.. is what is HAPPENING in DC today.. People are not STUPID.. Independents are going to change what happens in November..

  6. “Independents are going to change what happens in November..” No they won’t they will vote Dem, or GOP or RANDOMLY, OR NOT AT ALL. 3rd parties almost never work in this country…except as spoilers – which see Nader in 2000. And if they do that it is the GOP who gets hit – the Baggers are almost all unhappy GOPers.

  7. More than a year after CNBC commentator Rick Santelli inspired the movement on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange the American people have once again taken to the streets nationwide to protest the unprecedented expansion of centralized government in Washington.

    Like patriots of generations past, today’s freedom fighters wish to restore their rights under a constitutional limited government guided by the rule of law. They have watched in two short years as government engaged in bailouts to delinquent borrowers who could not pay back their debts. They have seen their purchasing power decline under a regime of easy money, loose credit, and deficit-spending that first blew up housing and energy bubbles to unaffordable levels, and now threatens to collapse the government under the sheer weight of a national debt that cannot possibly be paid. They have witnessed government make moves to seize and take over the auto industry, housing, health care, the energy sector, and now the financial system.

    And they have had enough. Today’s regime is the not founded upon the charter of liberty they learned of in grade school. Rather, what the American people have seen rise is a tyranny of government dependency — one that seeks to enslave future generations of the hard-working, the innovative, and the successful to subsidize failure today.

    The American people see the future slipping away, and rather than watch what remains of their liberty diminish and what is left of their property seized, they are taking action.

    “There’s only so much the American people will put up with,” Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson commented yesterday.

    Already, the tea party movement has had an indelible impact upon American politics. It has changed the conversation, and it was not done in Washington. It was done by real people in the real world. Wilson said that the tea parties are a leaving their mark, pronouncing they have “already reshaped the political landscape.”

    What remains to be seen is if their far-reaching political program will ever be implemented. Yesterday, tea party activists unveiled their Contract from America, which includes the following planks: a return to constitutional limited government, a balanced budget coupled with a spending cap, fundamental tax reform to a low, single-rate system, a restoration of fiscal responsibility, and an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Also included is the repeal of ObamaCare, the rejection of cap-and-trade, “stop the pork,” and an end to tax hikes.

    These are the legitimate concerns of the American people, and now it is up to a few courageous politicians to take that mantle and run with it. The American people know what needs to be done. But, they need representation. They need leaders who will do it. Because time is running out.

    • Blue, it’s considered bad form to cut and paste from chain emails without attributing their source in one way or another.

      As best I can tell, this nonsense originated just yesterday in an unsigned editorial at getliberty.org, the website of something called Americans for Limited Government. At least it’s fresh (hasn’t been circulating for years), but to me they seem as nutty as tree full of squirrels.

      Tell your buddy in Chicago that his necktie is too tight. I think it’s interfering with the blood flow to his brain.

    1. More like a “Contract ON America”. Go look up thier website. Sponsored by a bunch of fat cat Astroturfers. A cover for the me me me crowd.

      That whole cut and paste is propagandistic drivel. I could go throught it lie by lie but it’s is not worth the bother.

      Who paid for it?:
      “Americans for Limited Government, Inc., “is all about action.” Their website goes on to note that:

      “Each year, the government becomes increasingly disconnected from the people. Both parties have lost their way. Many politicians don’t honor their own principles or platforms.Voters are cynical and increasingly alienated from political parties, politicians, and the government.
      “The time is ripe for an independent, nonpartisan political movement that fights for hardworking taxpayers and against the special interests that continually push for big government nationwide.” [1]
      A November 2006 report by the Center for Public Integrity notes that they are “the driving force behind this year’s eminent-domain and regulatory-takings ballot initiatives in the West, calls itself a grass-roots organization.” It is “financed almost entirely that year by a handful of large donors… connected to ALG’s chairman, New York real estate investor Howard Rich.”
      Grass roots my ass.

  8. The buddy is Frank Rich – see above. NOT GRASS ROOTS any more than Armey or Koch or FAUX.

  9. Check this out.. talk about CO2 gas.. breaking the Ozone. someone call Al Gore.

  10. Howard Rich, not Frank Rich! Frank Rich is a fantastic author (What’s the Matter With Kansas?).

    The fact that Americans have a more favorable view of the IRS than they do of teabaggers tells you how much this “movement” has “changed the landscape.” If anything, it has fractured the John Birchers away from the GOP, making it much less likely for the GOP to succeed.

    My dog has movements that change the landscape every day, and they are just as profound as the rhetoric spouted by the baggers.

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