Monday, February 01, 2010

Bankers Love Them Some Teabaggers!

Teabaggers may not like bankers, but bankers sure do love teabaggers. Just look at the donations that poured in at the last minute to Scott Brown's campaign for US Senate in Massachusetts. Almost half a million bucks from the financial industry in less than a week! The big money folks think they can let the teabaggers do all the work, and then just buy out their candidates if it looks like they're going to win. Unfortunately, teabaggers, at least judging by the ones I've talked to, aren't smart enough to figure out that they're being taken advantage of.

While it'll be kind of fun watching teabaggers getting used and abused, the resulting damage will be considerable. The left and the populist right share a common concern about the abuse of corporate power, even if we prefer somewhat different solutions. Unfortunately, teabaggers are uniquely vulnerable to corporate manipulation, both because of their anti-intellectualism and because of their conservative/libertarian ideology. We've already seen several cases of the Republican establishment running roughshod over various teabag groups, with varying degrees of success, but the corporate boys are a hell of a lot better at this game than party operatives. The teabaggers aren't even going to know what hit them.

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