"The Tea Party" isn't monolithic. Like most political entities, it's an amalgam - but unlike a "real political party" where the point of the exercise is to cobble together a coalition of interests that's as wide and as deep as possible, Tea Partiers are all about purity. And I think that means they'll have to keep splitting into smaller and smaller factions as they try to rid themselves of "the non-believers". Listening to their language, I hear the telltale signs of Fundamentalism taken to the Logical Extreme.
1) Compromise is not an option.
2) Compromisers must be expelled.
So what happens when Fundamentalists start feelin' their oats?
(hat tip = The Firebrand)
Organizers of a tea party convention scheduled to convene next month in Myrtle Beach are fending off accusations that they called for “armed guards” with concealed weapons permits to staff the event. A senior leader of one tea party group in the Palmetto State raised concern about heat-packing patriots amid a flurry of email backlash after supporters of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced their intention to hold a straw poll at the event to promote their candidate.And be sure to drill down into the comments to get a good taste of what's in store for us.
Read more: The Daily Caller
If it was any less tragic, it wouldn't be funny.