Things fall apart: FL Tea Party feeling ignored on immigration

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From Joy Reid: Sure, the right wing Republican Florida legislature did the tea party? bidding bygiving away the state? high speed rail money. And they?e getting busygutting public education, forcing teachers into theunemployment line,privatizing Medicaid, drug testing hated public employees and welfare recipients (who really are the same thing, if you think about it in tea party termsucurbing voting by silly college kids, and passinglots and lots of bills making it harder for teenaged girls to refuse God? plan that they carry their father? seed to term. But the Republican-led legislative session has been a complete waste of time, in tea party terms, because Republicans failed ?FAILED ?to pass a bill to scare the brown people away.

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A letter from Henry Kelley, president of the Fort Walton Beach Tea Party, to the Republican Party of Florida (emailed to a reporter with the subject line ?hank you RPOF for re-electing President Obama? is instructive for a lot of reasons. For one thing, Kelly makes no secret of the fact, which should be obvious to everyone by now, that the tea party is nothing more than the existing base of the Republican Party. For another, Kelly makes it clear that there is one priority the tea party values even above forced birth: getting an Arizona style immigration law that will let cops scare Hispanic immigrants away.

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