It was inevitable that Villagers would feel conflicted about teabaggers. On the one hand, teatards say mean things about Lindsey Graham and plan to gut civil rights, on the other, they frequent the Applebee’s salad bar and plan to gut social security.
So this pair of Charles Lane columns don’t come as much of a surprise. First, we have the emerging meme “I may not be a teabagger myself, but at least they’re trying to rein in the deficit, so yay for Rand Paul.” Then “whoa, I’ve said enough crazy shit about slavery myself, maybe I ought to distance myself from this guy”.
If teatard candidates do well in November, the Village will praise them as fiscally conservative patriots with the guts to take on the high spenders in Washington. If they do poorly, the Village will condemn them as radicals who lack the proper respect for Lindsey Graham’s fee-fees.