This is not intended as flame-bait, I didn’t think Jane Hamsher was completely wrong about this at the time, but (Steve M.):
Ah, remember the innocent days of, say, early 2010, when Jane Hamsher could write this (emphasis added)?
… Granted, the tea party messaging can be pretty schizophrenic and has often served as a grab bag of anti-Obama sentiment. But their primary message has always been economic, and they have their roots in the libertarian-leaning, anti-interventionist conservatism of Ron Paul.
Well, now it appears that somebody forgot to tell the members of Congress who’ve taken up the tea party banner that they’re supposed to be anti-interventionist:
Tea Party Caucus members endorse Israeli attack on Iran
… Almost two dozen Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers cosponsored a new resolution late last week that expresses their support for Israel “to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force.”
The lead sponsor of the resolution was Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, one of four congressmen to announce the formation of the 44-member Tea Party caucus at a press conference on July 21. The other three Tea Party Caucus leaders, Michele Bachmann, R-MN, Steve King, R-IA, and John Culberson, R-TX, are also sponsors of the resolution. In total, 21 Tea Party Caucus members have signed on….
Last week, a Tea Party-affiliated grassroots organization launched a nationwide campaign to build popular opposition to the administration’s nuclear reductions treaty with Russia, called New START. The group is led by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginny and it dovetails with similar efforts by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney….
The notion that teatards are anything other than the right wing of the Republican party is simply wrong. Also too, the notion that libertarians are anything other than Republicans who
smoke dope like pink Himalayan salt. I’m not saying that there was no libertarian opposition to the Iraq War (e.g. Jesse Walker), but the reaction was generally a mix of WOLVERINES and “meh, it’s not as bad as outlawing guns in churches”.