"tea party"--the ultimate expression of political nonsense
as prima facie proof the entire premise is a crock of nonsense, you don't have to look any further than the last four paragraphs for the ultimate in political opportunism, populism and hypocrisy: she's on the one hand credited with calling for "more abortion restrictions and constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage", and on the other hand self-congratulatorily saying things like "i don't believe the solutions to our problems are washington centric".
which is it michele, and all your tea-besotted acolytes? do we nanny-state ourselves with proscribed behaviors, or do we err on the side of liberty and let the people choose their own lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness? you can't have it both ways. (unless, of course and i guess, you're a "tea partier", and know exactly how best to tell everyone else how to live).
libertarianism is nowhere in the tenets of "tea party" as it has come to be exploited by the most crass and historically illiterate of our candidates. (yes, i'll keep repeating it, because it's telling, it's funny, and it's not to be forgotten amidst her disgust for all things massachusetts, that michele bachmann thought that the battles of lexington and concord were fought in new hampshire, ostensibly because that better fits her "narrative" than the actual truth). that anyone would continue to organize under that moniker is to deny self-evident truths that the entire premise is now republican, federalist, and xenophobic, if it ever weren't anything else. (unless of course anyone of local tea party affiliation would like to garner some headlines by coming out as a group in opposition to michele bachmann's decidedly un-libertarian approach to social issues, and reclaim the oft-claimed-though-seldom observed original objective of those who resurrected/usurped the term from better patriots several hundred years ago).
of course, on a lighter note and for those who oppose ms bachmann's electoral partisanship, i'm willing to wager that the electability of democrats this coming political season just went up a whole bunch of notches... (you know the D's are salivating to have something easier to snipe at than the mittster's business-sensible centrism while their track record in the white house continues to struggle beneath the multiple burdens of economic malaise, questionably legal military adventurism, and insolvency).