One hand washes the other...
The masked consultant at Joe Bageant:
The Obama machine has no interest in fending [the Tea Partiers] off since they have been excellent foil in keeping progressives in line and have pushed the health care debate in the direction of the deals they have already cut with the health care industry (pro-corporate and to the right), and away from more progressive vision of health care reform. And the progressives are fucking worthless -- they don't hate, they don't fight and then they wonder why no one is afraid of them.
Odd, then, or not that so many of our "progressive" access bloggers have been assiduous in creating the Tea Party "foil" (as it were). It's almost like the legacy parties are symbiotic!