Similar to Occupiers in Philly, Tea Partiers roared excitedly in spite of the low turnout and major hurdles ahead. Speakers like the group's in-house constitutional expert Catherine White decried Obama's "widespread denigration of our founding principles," while others assured those present that an increasing number of their fellow Americans have also had enough, and are soon to join in revolt.
In his turn, libertarian Talk 1200 radio morning-show host Jeff Katz led with hope. The least incendiary mouthpiece of the bunch, the Rush Radio personality said that while he was at first skeptical that the Tea Party would succeed, in time he was enthused to see so many people stand up for themselves — much like he was stoked that the gang before him had come to bash Obamacare.
But while Katz spoke about how "people care," and how they "love [their] country," it was hard not to ask, "How many people care?" And "How many love their country?" Judging by the number of right-wingers sporting their best Old Glory gear in Boston last Saturday, not too many remain. As for the number of folks to their left who are still gunning for change — the prospects don't look much stronger.
Follow Chris Faraone on Twitter @fara1. His book on Occupy, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, is available now.
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