They are a repeat of an old, now very out-dated, group of, well, losers in the very real sense. Ryan Lizza's map of the shutdown leads to a revelation of the ghost haunting America's future. The map shows "the districts of the 79 members of Congress credited as the instigators of the shutdown crisis, after they signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner this summer demanding action on 'de-funding' the Affordable Care Act."
Richard Florida writes at The Atlantic:
The Tea Party represents the lagging sectors of the economy, and, increasingly, the politics of those left behind by America’s transition to a new, knowledge-oriented economic future. As Colin Woodard writes over at Washington Monthly, the Tea Party’s strength is concentrated in the Deep South, Appalachia (stretching to West Texas), and a region he calls the Far West. He explains:
There are tea party supporters everywhere, but only in these three cultural regions have they managed to achieve real and lasting political success. This is because their platform — to slash taxes, labor protections, environmental regulations, social programs, and the reach and authority of the federal government — is in accord with the centuries-old cultural ethos of each of these regions, and anathema to those elsewhere.
Writing in Salon, New America Foundation’s Michael Lind notes that the Tea Party is a new version of old southern elite, no longer content with their place in an increasingly fractured Republican coalition. The Tea Party, he writes, reflects "a coherent and rational strategy for maximizing the relative power of provincial white elites at a time when their numbers are in decline and history has turned against them."
The Tea Party’s tirade is not some passing fad, but a political outgrowth of the winners and losers of America’s new economic landscape. ...RichardFlorida,TheAtlantic
But we need an explanation of why, then, are they largely backed/supported by three huge winners. Think Kochs. Think Rupert Murdoch.
Well, think loony, I guess. Crazy rich slaveholders in a notably backward area funded by three international tycoons? White power extremists? Weird.