For me the most fascinating aspect of the tea party phenomenon that we have witnessed in 2009 is the degree to which it shows that Lyndon LaRouche has taken over the modern Republican Party.
The Republican party is an extremely hierarchical organization -- a pyramid with one leader at the top who cannot be questioned or challenged. And after eight years of being led by a shell of a man, the GOP was simply a shell of a party. No leadership had been developed within the party in over eight years so they were forced to nominate a septuagenarian and a glorified cocktail waitress for president. Furthermore not since Reagan has the party had any idea of how to mobilize people -- contracting that out to the NRA, talk radio, and the Christian Coalition.
By 2009, with the complete absence of any leadership at the head of the party, Lyndon LaRouche was able to walk right in and take over the Republican party without firing a shot. Because, as crazy as he is, LaRouche still knows how to mobilize a few (whacked out, paranoid) people. Make no mistake about it, the tea parties that we witnessed this year are pure Lyndon LaRouche and his gang of crazies. The photos of bodies piled at Dachau, the chaotic rallies with an infinite number of conflicting complaints all presented at the same time, the complete lack of any cohesive rational narrative, the obsessive focus on demonstrating just pure crazy paranoid anger -- that's all signature Lyndon LaRouche mobilization.
So when Michele Bachmann invites the LaRouche crowd to descend on DC -- and the rest of the Republican political establishment gets pulled into doing their bidding, it's really a remarkable statement about the complete collapse of a once proud American political party. The fact that traditional beltway media (and the RNC itself) doesn't realize it's been played by LaRouche shows what a disaster our political pundit class has become as well.
Photo of LaRouche supporters from back in 2007 -- before they took over the Republican Party. The telltale sign of a LaRouche protest is that they always make sure to coat everything they say or do with just a little extra dose of crazy.