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They lost the culture wars long time ago, that part of the Tea Party was a last gasp.

I don't think that means the left wins the argument about big Federal government, though.

If they had been smart, the Tea Party would not have been a coalition with culture warriors, but more strictly libertarian.

No, I agree. There is no straight line between a rejection of the Tea Party and an adoption of  any kind of progressive agenda.  But it's at least somewhat encouraging that Americans have placed a limit on how much of the radical right stuff they will tolerate.

That the Tea Partiers' tent welcomed and even promoted so many culture-wars absurdities of the kind that might appall other kinds of conservatives makes it easy to make fun:  Republicans Consider Welcoming People Who Believe in Math and Science.

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