Now everyone keeps on telling me that the Tea Party is something other than the Republican base re-branded, that they're reasonable, independent Real Americans who just want both the Democrats and Republicans to quit the bickering and cut spending, deny people health care, and give special interests a black eye. So clearly this didn't happen:
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- About 35 people gathered for a Tea Party rally in Council Bluffs calling for a ban on gay marriage and stricter abortion laws in Iowa.
Republican legislator Kim Pearson, of Pleasant Hill, was among the speakers at Saturday afternoon's gathering at the Mid-America Center. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Pearson said a ban would be quicker to pass than a constitutional amendment.
Sure, it won't be the biggest rally this year, but it was in the middle of the winter in Iowa. The fact that they got 35 people to go in the negative-teens with snow in a town of 58,000 on the far-side of Iowa is a feat in and of itself.
There actually is something called ideology and there are real reasons opinions on seemingly disparate issues tend to go together when people get involved in politics. The fact that some Republicans gave themselves a new name after everyone hated Bush, rejected the GOP in Congress, and voted against McCain in a landslide shouldn't be surprising. What should be surprising is that anyone buys their silly scheme at all.
img flickr, not from this rally