Michael Lind, writing in Salon, says the Tea Party has been wrongly defined as an ideological movement. Nope, he says, it’s a regional movement. And that region — surprise! — is the good ole boy yeehaw U.S. South:

Contradicting the mainstream media narrative that the Tea Party is a new populist movement that formed spontaneously in reaction to government bailouts or the Obama administration, the facts show that the Tea Party in Congress is merely the familiar old neo-Confederate Southern right under a new label. The threat of Southern Tea Party representatives and their sidekicks from the Midwest and elsewhere to destroy America’s credit rating unless the federal government agrees to enact Dixie’s economic agenda of preserving defense spending while slashing entitlements is simply the latest act of aggression by the Solid South.

Yep, the descendants of the same fuckers who fought a war to keep slavery legal are now sabotaging a black president.

If I start wearing a t-shirt that says “Nuke Texas” people will know I don’t really want Texas nuked, won’t they? Or are sarcasm, indignation and frustration just too complicated for people nowadays?