Dan Quayle, of all people, has a piece in Kaplan about how woefully the tea baggers are being treated by the media:
Since the very first tea party gatherings, the national news media has covered this movement in the only way it knows how — as something grubby, impertinent and possibly dangerous. Of course, in any movement, violence and unlawful behavior are always to be condemned without reservation. But attempts to portray the tea partiers as a surly mob have the contrived feel of a political strategy.
That seems to be the theme du jour for conservatives, whether it’s Ann Althouse saying that Teabonics is a product of photoshopping or Lew Rockwell blaming Tea Party excesses on federal agents or Charles Lane favorably comparing baggery with pre-Civil War “extremism”.
It’s all a clear sign that Republicans will double down on the tea in 2010 in 2012 (you probably knew this already, but I’ve only become convinced in the last few days). None of this makes any sense as a long-term political strategy for Republicans, but it’s what they’re doing.