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That TEA Party Sure Is Independent from the Montana GOP, Isn’t It?

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While I think that the TEA Party is about to go the way of the Whigs while embracing the qualities of the Know Nothing Party, it’s always interesting to check in on what they are up to. Of late, it seems like they, despite claiming to be independent of both parties, are just cozying up to the Montana GOP which, after all, has a nine year tradition of rejecting the KKK.

Just look at their most visible spokesman, Tim Ravndal. When he’s not harassing the City Council or School Board of a town he doesn’t live in, he’s making donations to the state GOP:

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Jennifer Olsen, co-founder of the very newsworthy Montana Shrugged TEA Party Super Duper Patriotic Freedom Force is running to be the next vice-chair of the Republican Party:

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For all the talk from and about the TEA Party about it being some kind of independent force critical of the status quo leadership from Democrats and Republicans, it’s pretty clear that the TEA Party is nothing more than a loud, poorly informed collection of Republicans who want to push their party to the right of Barry Goldwater.

On the national stage, it’s become  evident that the TEA Party movement is pushing the GOP ever more to the right and locally we all had the experience of watching them try to destroy state government, Montana’s environment, and our education system during the last legislative session.

Will “mainstream” Republicans resist this TEA Party takeover? Do they even exist anymore?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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