If the Tea Party had held faithful to their outrage at excess, they eventually would have found more than a little common ground with the likes of Occupy.
And that would have actually been GOOD FOR Occupy because sans any moderating influence from outside their bubble and lacking leadership, they instead became ripe for anarchist infiltration, much the same way the old Vietnam anti-war movement of the 60's became co-opted by CPUSA and the SWP.
Are ALL Tea Partiers racist? No of course not. Some are focused on strictly fiscal and constitutional matters but again, you find that the deeper you go, the more you encounter the folks who believe everything past the Tenth Amendment is invalid. That means the Fourteenth gets tossed, yes?
And then you're right back to where you started, not "wanting to go there" but finding yourself knee deep in it anyway.
So okay, maybe I should instead say "The old Dixiecrats of yesterday found a welcome in the Republican sweep of the South and a good many of those eventually became the Christian Right, Christian Reconstructionist right wing and the Tea Party of the South."
If I wanted a payoff of any kind it would simply be to continue exposing the ongoing revisionism.
I have no issues with admitting the foibles of the Left or the Liberals in the past, or even now.
What gets me is when someone on the other side sends their garbage over here and pretends it's ours.