I like to keep track of fables and narratives within the tea party movement, and we learned of a new one this week — the story of the “SWAT team” called out to threaten tea partyers in Quincy, Ill. In the words of Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit:
The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally … local Quincy Tea Party Leader Steve McQueen was directing protesters when the SWAT team was called in.
The only problem with that? The SWAT team wasn’t called in. Local police, wearing riot gear, briefly marched down the street to clear it for the president’s motorcade.
You know, if these patriots would just agree to be implanted with microchips, maybe they wouldn’t get attacked by jack-booted government thugs so much.
Update. Wonkette really captures the enormity of what happened.