Predictably, Marc Ambinder is promoting the wonders of tea-bagging:
But the tea parties really are something. Their origins — organic, programmatic, accidental or otherwise — don’t matter much anymore. If — and we’ll have to see the numbers at the end of the day — 100,000 Americans show up to protest their taxes, the onus to dismiss them as a nascent political force shifts to the Democrats.
A few questions… Why are Democrats obligated to dismiss this as a political force? Isn’t that what elections, which once had consequences, are about? And if these are such a political force, shouldn’t that force manifest itself more powerfully in political polls?