Good op-ed piece by Paul Krugman about whos really behind these tea parties. You'll never guess, Republican Billionaires and Dick "deregulation" Armey. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/opinion/13krugman.html?_r=1 Todayâs G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party. It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy. Beyond that, Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesnât feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats One way to get a good sense of the current state of the G.O.P., and also to see how little has really changed, is to look at the âtea partiesâ that have been held in a number of places already, and will be held across the country on Wednesday. These parties â antitaxation demonstrations that are supposed to evoke the memory of the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution â have been the subject of considerable mockery, and rightly so. Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties donât represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. Theyâre AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.