Tea Party activists generally insist that racist or otherwise extremist signs and sentiments at their rallies are mostly attributable to liberal "plants" seeking to infiltrate Tea Party rallies and smear the movement, which strikes me often as a dubious claim, but Dave Weigel catches an instance of real, actual Tea Party infiltration by someone who evidently supports Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway. The infiltrator fails hilariously when dogged by a Rand Paul-supporting cameraman:
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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/a-hilariously-inept-attempt-at-actual-tea-party-infiltration/61226/I asked Conway's campaign whether the man was a staffer or volunteer, and I'll update when I get an answer, but this is sort of a godsend--a liberal trying to make Tea Partiers look bad. That's really not new, and it may be more silly than malicious. Liberal counter-protesters with ironic signs often crash events in D.C.; in the Bush years, the pro-war Protest Warriors used to infiltrate rallies and wave signs that made liberals look stupid. But Tea Party organizers are increasingly obsessed with ousting liberal pranksters from their events and proving to the media that there's no actual racism in their own movement. Thus, video cameras; thus, stuff like this.
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