Tea Partay (UPDATED)

Today is the day of the glorious hip-GOP tea partay. Change is coming, America, and these guys are going to bring it:

So, what are these protests going to accomplish besides making a bunch of out-of-power Republicans feel better about being hugely unpopular?

…yeah, that’s what I figured.

UPDATE: And in case anyone actually believes the Tea Partays are some kind of spontaneous taxpayer revolt, here are the folks who are organizing and bankrolling them (according to the Tea Partay’s very own website, newamericanteaparty.com):

the American Spectator, the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, the Institute for Liberty, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority and the Young Conservatives Coalition.

So this is a joint effort between the who’s who of the conservative movement and a who’s who of right-wing bloggers.

In other words, conservative activists are protesting a Democratically-proposed bill that was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by a Democratic President. And this is notable/surprising/newsworthy…how?

Oh right, it isn’t.  Progressives opposed Bush and conservatives oppose Obama; this isn’t some kind of groundbreaking, revolutionary movement; it’s politics as usual.  Even worse for conservatives, it’s the same kind of navel-gazing gimmickry that helped put them in the minority in the first place.

Someone needs to teach these guys history. The Boston Tea Party actually accomplished something; these Tea Partays are just down-on-their-luck conservatives trying to pretend they’re still relevant.