well, i don't know if the tea partiers are widely held up as idiots- or if their parties were a success. i do know that apparently, i was partially correct in my assumption that the parties were a smoke screen for other agendas. rick perry of tex-ass used the platform to foment for.... secession. no, the tea parties were 'not what they seemed'- indeed, they were allegedly supposed to be to protest "taxation without representation" but um, all of those folks are represented. if they didn't get the rep they wanted, guess they should have worked harder to rig the elections.
dick armey's organization was the sponsor behind the tea parties. i don't think the original tea partiers in boston would have been thrilled with the idea of big corporate putting on the spread. but, i guess there were cool souvenirs to be had in the form of t-shirts, mugs, etc. at some of the venues. and since the right wing knuckleheads were having such a great time being incensed over the dhs report, i guess they didn't bother to read the memo about president obama's real tax proposal- the one that is mainly letting bush era tax cuts expire and the one where he is going to raise a lot of revenue by going after folks who don't pay their taxes. no, many of the actual tax law proposals are effecting big corporate- closing loopholes, etc. and most of the rest of us will see tax relief- but hey, i am pretty sure it has to go before congress anyway. so, they are overreacting for nothing at this point.
but it's all the libruls fault, right?