"When they were out in the Boston Harbor, they weren't arguing about who was gay or who was having an abortion ... Am I going to be the best man at a same sex-marriage wedding? That's not something I necessarily believe in. I look at myself as pretty socially conservative. But that's not what we push through the Tea Party Patriots," - Ralph King, a Tea Party Patriots national leadership council member.

It seems to me there are two Tea Party litmus tests in the coming weeks and months: the first is how seriously they embrace the Bowles-Simpon plan for real debt-reduction; the second is whether they really are just Christianists in anti-tax clothing. I expect them to fail both tests easily. But I'd love to be proven wrong.

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