Further, the tea party people have been manipulated and organized by wealthy business tycoons who have a personal interest in preserving their own personal tax privileges obtained under the other political party’s rule.
The tea party is populist only to the extent that it is no longer uncommon for ordinary people to be uninformed and misinformed, and to be gullible to emotional rhetoric and schemes of one kind or another. Neither is it uncommon these days for individuals to become politically active in causes that are not in their own best interest. Obviously, it is so with the tea baggers. Perhaps that is the enigma.
Nevertheless, at this posting Mr. Gingrich seems to have solved it all for us by declaring that there is no separate tea party, and that what we see is only the right wing of the Republican party. By golly, he may have something there.
Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard, AKA The Militant Moderate