The bad news is that the Tea Party’s political outrage is being appropriated, with thanks, by the Goldmans and the BPs of the world. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that those interests mostly have us by the balls anyway, no matter who wins on Election Day. That’s the reality; the rest of this is just noise. It’s just that it’s a lot of noise, and there’s no telling when it’s ever going to end.
Taibbi underestimates and denigrates the genuine anger driving the Tea Party, but his analysis that Republican Party and corporate operatives are trying to co-opt that movement is spot on. This is precisely the same method of neutralizing genuine protest that the Democratic Party does too, and which Peter Camejo delineates in the Avocado Declaration.