Here's a random musing based on the current Tea Party phenomenon. First of all, for the most part, I think these people are just nuts. Not because I necessarily disagree with their platform of radical change, but because their idea of radical change is anything but. Yeah, they're all stirred up about national deficits and debt now that its at least ten years too late to actually do anything about them. And yeah, they've got their crazy heads full of all kinds of crazy notions of socialism, when in fact the very real fascist corporate state is about to swallow them whole. And OH YEAH, they bleed red, white, and blue, and their resounding answer to any question involving the possible use of military force is OH HELL YEAH!, when in fact American military imperialism is going to be our ultimate undoing.With that in mind, I wonder where these "populist" nut jobs are really going with all this nonsense, and whether or not they're just a made up excuse to consolidate power on the far right once again. Their "leader" is so far out there that you'd swear all of her supporters muct be in on the act, and yet... After her very suspicios last minute nomination in '08, I really have to wonder if this was not all part of some grander plan. As in, the '08 election is lost, let's nominate this wack job from the sticks, and then turn her loose after the election to wreak havoc on the whole process, allowing us to tighten the screws on a shell-shocked public 2-4 years later. The only argument against such a scenario in my mind, is that it's hard to conceive of even any veteran GOP insiders that could have imagined prior to her nomination how truly wacked out she would eventually turn out to be.I think 2010 and 2012 will be pivotal elections where the phrase "the center will not hold" will finally become manifest. Not sure what the political landscape will look like in the aftermath, but I'm quite sure there are highly paid political operatives out there right now who do, and who are working overtime as we speak to make sure that it's their radical vision that dominates.