Think Progress’ Alex Seitz-Wald says it best:
The Tea Party movement claims to be an independent, grass roots coalition unrelated to either party, but this is not the first time activists have been caught using materials or logistical support provided by Republican operatives or Republican-aligned corporate front groups. For example, many large Tea Party protests have used signs and buses provided by groups like Americans for Prosperity.
It seems to me that “the jig is up”. Tea Partiers and the GOP claiming that they are nonaligned is not the truth:
Tea Party activists from across the country have come to Washington for a three-week long “Take The Town Halls to Washington” rally, an effort to lobby undecided House Democrats to vote against health care reform. At a press conference for the event on Friday, the Daily Caller spotted signs and buttons clearly paid for by the Republican National Committee. Activists distributed “red-white-and-blue buttons and signs emblazoned with the words ‘Listen to Me!’” — an official RNC slogan — with disclaimers at the bottom of the signs reading “Paid for by the Republican National Committee:”
Michael Patrick Leahy, an organizer of the Take the Town Halls to Washington project that is bringing Tea Party activists to the capital to lobby Democrats on President Obama’s health-care bill, admitted that the RNC “did provide the signage,” but said he didn’t know the details of the arrangement with Republicans and couldn’t explain how the signs got there. “They just showed up,” he said.
An RNC official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Daily Caller that the signs were given to the group at its request. […]
Leahy downplayed the significance of the items, explaining, “We’re taking help from anybody that has an interest in this cause.”
Honesty is just NOT necessarily a trait that the GOP espouses. It seems that now, the Tea Partiers are aligning themselves not with “truthseekers”, but with people who tend to “circumvent truth” to fit their agenda. Hell, it should be no real surprise that the Tea Party organizations are in bed with the GOP. To the well-trained eye, it seems that to the Tea Partiers, what’s a lie here or there, just as long as the “usurper” gets kicked out of office in 2012?