wack wack wrote:I don't think the country has changed, but money and media have. The relative ubiquity of the Tea Party does not diminish its whackoness.
The ideas of the JBS have spread into the mainstream, so I would say the country has changed. I think money and conservative media made that happen starting in the 1990's.
The core dogma of the Tea Party really is JBS exactly. The only difference is that immigration has replaced communism as the foreign threat - but the woman in this interview emphasizes that the JBS really always was mostly about domestic economic issues, even though they were more famously anti-commy.
The leaders of the republican party and conservative thinkers made a conscious decision to shun the JBS back in the sixties. Today, we hear even mainstream REpublicans like John Boehner mouth JBS dogma like "we should be measured by how many laws we repeal, not by how many we pass."
You can listen to the podcast through this link, it's damn interesting (and satisfying to smug liberals like ourselves):http://wpr.org/wcast/download-mp3-reque ... eID=164216