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February 16, 2010

Tea Party Imposters: Truthers and Other Mutants File to Create "Tea Party" In Nevada

The Truthers, Paulites, LaRouchies and general cranks are hell-bent to hijack a movement about limited government (which most of them don't really care all that much about) as a vehicle to advance their own fringe agenda-items.

For those of you unaware, a third party called the Tea Party of Nevada just registered with the SOS. Iíve been researching and emailing around ever since, and here is what Iíve come up with so far:

I cannot find any evidence that any of these principals have ever been involved in any Tea Party activities, until now. Iíve emailed a number of Tea Party organizer-activists in the state and so far, nobody has ever heard of any of the principals Ė except for Barry Levinson because he is a Las Vegas attorney.

Here are some snippets from my research so far:

Barry Levinson was part of the ďBush Lied, People DiedĒ cabal (very strange creds for a Tea Party guy).

Not really core to the story but one of the principals, Larry Lathum, appears to be a 9/11 Truther. A number of sane Tea Partiers emailed me to say they are concerned about credibility and perceptions and are not happy to see Levinsonís and Lathumís names on that principals list.

Honestly, we don't need a third party that will do nothing but "send a message." We need a functioning GOP that champions small-government philosophy and actually wins elections so that philosophy becomes tangible action.

The Truthers, LaRouchies, Paulites, etc., don't mind losing elections all that much because to them elections are just publicity stunts for advancing their pet (weird) ideas in the media.

Anyone who actually wants to do more than "send a message" really ought to work to take over his local Republican apparatus and force the party that generally believes in the Tea Party agenda -- even if their belief is often compromised by mercenary cynicism -- to adhere to its stated beliefs.

This third-party crap is sheer nonsense. I don't care if these fringe types set up their own make-pretend parties-- that's all they've been doing for 50 years, anyway, entirely opting out of genuine politics to indulge in childish make-pretend fantasy-politics, and no one's missed their absence in the interim-- but the danger is that more practical-minded Americans will wind up voting for these opportunistic mutants because of the high trust of the "Tea Party" brand.


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