The Tea Party is the far right, period. They are not populists, they are opportunists who don the mantle of populism to give cover to the plutocrats. Hopefully, this election cycle has finally put to rest any notion that they are.
It’s quite fascinating pundits still haven’t figured out that the tea partiers are still the same racist authoritarian pro-big-business social conservative desperately afraid that the “wrong” people might be getting some of their tax money lunatics that have always been with us.
Yeah. I don’t get the notion that this is a new sort of crazy, radical Republican Party that we’re seeing. It’s the same it’s been for a long, long time (see any of Rick Perlstein’s books).