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JP Freire, the American Spectator's managing editor, who organized the DC tea party, writes:

People have jobs, and yet were angry enough to show out in strong numbers all over the country. We don't pull the tricks that other organizations pull -- hiring hobos, staging some sort of publicity stunt, employing extremely harsh rhetoric. I'd say it was a group of people who wanted to say something for themselves rather than have others say things for them.

The weirdest part for me was walking to the protest site and see that people were already hard at work, doing some rally cries. These were small business owners, families -- not grassroots activists. These were regular people. It looks like this stimulus is the change even conservatives and libertarians have been waiting for.

It does strike me that perhaps some of the people who linked the article without wondering about its weak sourcing just couldn't quite believe that ordinary people would be moved to protest a gigantic government spending package.  They don't think of that as something one protests about.  War, yes, taxes no.

JP also has something to say about his alleged connection to the "Kochtopus".

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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