David McCumber analyzes the tactics of teabaggery and how the teabaggers, generally estimated at about a quarter of the electorate, rendered the Republican Party its servant.
The 22 percent of Americans who favor the tea party, as per the latest Gallup numbers, have learned how to influence policy to a degree once considered far beyond the grasp of their raw vote-getting numbers. And as a study just released by a labor-funded liberal advocacy group shows, they are increasingly running the legislative branch of government.
How? It’s called winning through intimidation.
Most moderate Republican lawmakers exist inside a dome of fear that they will draw right-wing primary opposition.
Two truths play into this: (1) Turnout is often light in primaries, and votes are sometimes scattered among three or more candidates. And (2) Zealots vote.
As the authtor points out later in the article, this is not a spontaneous grassroots effort.
It’s Astroturf: wingnut think tanks powered by billionaire bucks fund the freak show.