That there are so many indignant imbeciles inhabiting the Tea Party movement does not, by any means, guarantee that the U.S. is set for an imminent dissolution, however, it does cause this blogger to feel that a preemptive move towards a breakup has more than a little merit. In fact, I propose that the part of the U.S. populace that is not hopelessly confused about how we arrived at our present condition, and what measures might best ameliorate our most pressing problems, turn over some decent sized portion of the South and/or the Midwest, or perhaps even the Rocky Mountain states, to the multitude of God bothering mental defectives in the Tea Party. For the average Tea Party member has concluded that, whereas Barack Obama is an "idiot"- apparently a favorite descriptor amongst Tea Party members of the Commander in Chief- Sarah Palin is, by turns, a purveyor of insight, forthrightness, rectitude, and, last, but not least, leadership.
Such a stupefying, not to say, stupid, construction, should not come as any great surprise to those of us who demur from such a view, (a gimlet eyed assessment of both Obama and Palin shows that neither are close to being paragons of virtue, though Obama does have the advantage of not being a complete ignoramus) since, as the aforementioned article more or less makes clear - and Raban's piece, by the way, is by no means a hatchet job on the Tea Party- Sarah Palin's appeal, such as it is, rests, to a considerable extent, on the fact that a substantial portion of the voting demographic are, apparently, as per their own words- "She's just like me"- Sarah Palin. About this one could say a great many things, but I'll limit myself to the observation that narcissism amongst some not insubstantial number of the electorate always has more than a little to say in determining a candidate's popularity.
In the meantime, given the aged, doughy, white complected, Glenn Beck loving, Fundamentalist Christian cast of many, if not most, Tea Party members-yes, Virginia, darker hued and younger citizens do not abound in the Tea Party, one should not expect anything terribly dynamic from the this group's relatively privileged cohort of sanctimonious, colonial garb wearing fanatics.