A teabagger is simply the desiccated carcass of a nineties-era Clinton-hater reanimated by massive injections of Glenn Beck’s crazy-ass revolutionary gobbledygook.
Teabaggers have a lot of bone-headed energy, but they’ve reached the end of the line as an independent agent. As demonstrated in Massachusetts, Republican leaders have successfully assimilated the teabaggers into the party Borg, from whence they’ll be dispatched to offer unwitting on-the-ground muscle for corporatist politicians. In short, the teabaggers are going to be used like Kleenex.
Republicans have no intention of rolling back “big government” in any meaningful way. They’re not stupid enough to meddle with either the existing middle-class entitlements enjoyed by their “libertarian” shock troops or the corporate welfare demanded by their Wall Street paymasters. All that GOP politicians have to do to keep the goose-steppers in line is to occasionally call for the closing of a government museum or rail against some anti-poverty program that benefits “unproductive” Americans. Instant grass-roots enthusiasm.
If Democrats sit back like statues and don’t use the teabaggers’ rage and radicalism to discredit Republicans, they’ll continue to lose political ground. But teabaggerism itself is already a spent force.