Interesting that John Robb quotes Dick Armey at the top of his article. Various folk at the Stop The Machine occupation in DC, such as Jim Hightower, Kevin Zeese, and David Swanson told me Armey and the Koch brothers co opted the Tea Party.
One of the impressions I'm getting as I persist with getting more involved in activism is that the nominally progressive/left- of- center aspects of the mainstream media may have propagandized many mainstream progressives regarding the Tea Party, painting it with a broad brush as just a bunch of poorly informed White folk frazzled about having a Black president, and seeking to blame all of their problems on undocumented immigrants, instead of looking to corporate America and their enablers in government.
I've been constantly on guard about the propaganda coming from the right leaning/conservative aspects of the mainstream media, but not so when it came to their counterparts on the nominal left such as MSNBC.
The link to John Robb's site includes comments about how Dems and Repubs are two branches of what is essentially a one party system that excludes so-called third parties--whether Libertarian or the Green Party.
It may be worth exploring the question of whether mainstream media may have two branches of what is essentially the same corporate-big government propaganda machine.
As I've said before, common ground between rank-and-file conservatives and rank-and-file progressives could be a force for constructive change.
But the Devil is in the details. It's complex. Just as right-leaning outlets such as Fox sympathized with the Tea Party, left leaning outlets sympathize with Occupy. But like Fox may have done thru Beck and other news personalities, liberal news outlets may facilitate the process of co opting Occupy.
I will be honest. I'm not clear on these details. But I'll post this anyway. I figure anyone who's interested can do me the favor of correcting me on any aspect of what I say in this post. I'm throwing ideas out there while in a bit of a mental fog.