Why progressives should love (some) Tea Parties

The Humble Libertarian notes that some factions in the Tea Party strongly oppose bailouts for the wealthy and that Think Progress found that Tea Party rally participants in New Hampshire supported same sex marriage.

The Tea Party is not a monolith. The original Tea Party, the one founded by Karl Denniger, was and is about outrage at the bailouts. As a left-wing populist, I totally agree with that. And he’s not racist. (Yes, some factions of the Tea Party are racist and / or focused on social issues. Denniger calls them “the usual pablum: guns, God, and gays.”)

Thus, there is common ground between some on the Left and some Tea Partiers. As for the omnipresent demonization of the other side by the talking heads:

Yet opposition to the Tea Parties from establishment “liberals” has been vicious and deranged. Why? Maybe, just maybe, most allegedly liberal talking heads don’t care at all about the policies they profess to care about, but instead, like their allegedly conservative counterparts (i.e. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity), simply parrot the party line and will oppose anything at all that threatens the influence wielded by a gang of policymakers with the “correct” letter next to their name.


  1. As a Pissed Off Pistol Packing Progressive I oft responds to the query “What do [I] think of the Tea Party?” with Late to the Party – I’ve been bitching about this same shit since Nixon.

  2. Even more to the point, those talking heads want you foaming at the mouth over “them” (whichever side you’re on) so you won’t look to close and realize that the leaders of both parties want the same thing, and it isn’t to your benefit!

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