Given that Tea Party activists are, by and large, conservative Republicans, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that conservative Republicans support the Tea Party.
Which is now giving rise to pointlessly absurd things like this declaration of Tea Party solidarity:
Save America…STOP Obama Tyranny National Coalition Chairman Dr. Rick Scarborough announced the successful conclusion of a petition drive: “In Support of The Tea Parties And Against Defamation.”
Signers include such notable conservative leaders as Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Gary Bauer (American Values), Brent Bozell (Media Research Center), Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for America), Richard A. Viguerie (ConservativeHQ.com), Morton Blackwell (Leadership Institute), Alfred S. Regnery (The American Spectator), Gov. Mike Huckabee, Judge Roy Moore, Don Irvine (Accuracy In Media), Tom McClusky (Family Research Council), Herbert I. London (Hudson Institute), Rev. Louis Sheldon (Traditional Values Coalition) and Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum). Organizations listed for identification purposes only.
Scarborough observed: “Conservative leaders lining up behind the Tea Parties — representing every segment of the movement — include five rabbis, the Executive Director of Faithful Catholic Citizens and a number of well-respected pastors — as well as the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America and the Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Economic conservatives are represented by Seton Motley (Less Government), Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), Dick Patten (American Family Business Institute) and Jim Martin (60 Plus Association). Leaders working on defense and foreign policy include Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Elaine Donnelly (Center for Military Readiness) and Herb Zweibon (Americans for A Safe Israel). Jordan Marks (Young Americans for Freedom) is the executive director of the nation’s oldest conservative youth group.”
The petition calls the Tea Parties “one of the best hopes for restoring constitutional government,” but notes they have been “subjected to an unprecedented campaign of lies, distortion and vitriol, most recently by the NAACP which called on them to ‘expel the bigots and racists in your ranks.'”
Scarborough noted these attacks, “magnified by a compliant media,” are part of an overall strategy: “The left is running scared. Its president is wildly unpopular. It is now looking at huge loses in the mid-term elections. It hopes that by stigmatizing and marginalizing the Tea Parties — the most visible symbol of opposition to big government — it will thereby discredit all opposition to this administration.”
The Petition charges that the anti-Tea Party campaign also “represents a cynical attempt to manipulate minority voters and exploit their fear in the upcoming election.”
Wow, right-wing activists support right-wing activism? Who would ever have guessed?
But apparently this was such an important statement that Scarborough managed to get a who’s who of right-wing activists to sign on [PDF].