Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
I agree, however, "hijacked" implies that there was some great misfortune become of them.

It was an open platform, broad enough for anyone to come in. Don't be sorry for it. There were plenty of sad Libertarians who were surprised that being bland in their message meant many flavors of conservatives could come in and, gasp, be more popular and more successful.
The Tea Party was borne of Rick Santelli's CNBC rant about gov't relief for underwater homeowners (he preferred the homeowners to go broke because of the Wall Street-inspired housing collapse). Fox News (and Republican operatives like Dick Armey) had co-opted the fledgling Tea Party within a month.

Astro-turf borne of a 'Wall Street' speculator and GOP operatives. Nothing more, nothing less.

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