Tea Partiers run the House of Representatives and their demands to defund ObamaCare as a condition of funding the government resulted in the great shutdown. It was the equivalent of demanding that they alone determine what will be funded or nothing would move forward. In the case of the access to “Government” parks, it was better to close them then to run the risk of not having them adequately protected and maintained. And know some Republicans who were marching in lock-goose-step want to disavow the actions.
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But what makes them, the Republicans, so effective is what makes a confidence man so effective. The ability of their constituents to be distracted by things like faux IRS scandals and birth-certificate noise, because they, the constituents, have prejudices which make them vulnerable to the miss directions. If the foundation to your belief system is that the White House should only properly be occupied by a white male, then justification for opposition to the present occupant becomes quite cheap in deed which is why groups like Storm Front and others mixed-in with Tea Partiers, a group with a substantial number of racists sympathizers.