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  •  Not sure Bircher is the best framing (2+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, Iberian

    The actual Birch Society was distinguished mainly by hysterical opposition to communism and embrace of conspiracy theories. They went over the edge of respectability when they started theorizing that Eisenhower was a secret Communist.

    The current Tea Party crop has some that are equally crazy and there will probably be a purge at some time in which these become too much of an embarrassment and abruptly get cut off from funding and support by the national party.

    But the Koch brothers and the like who are funding the Tea Party candidates don't really think Obama is a Muslim Kenyan socialist or care whether fetuses are legally people. They want a radical restructuring of government's role in society and they are willing to put up a lot of money to promote that idea, make it respectable, and back candidates who espouse it. Well-funded think tanks like the Heritage Foundation are part of this effort. This part of the Tea Party (the real movers and funders behind it) have much more money and power than the Birch Society ever commanded and they came fairly close to getting their candidate elected in 2012. They should not be underestimated.

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