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Journalism prof’s beyond stupid WaPo op-ed: Did the Tea Party kill JFK?

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By Doug Powers  •  November 22, 2013 11:06 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

A journalism professor (what a, uh, surprise) at the University of Texas has found the roots of the Tea Party, and they go clear back to Dallas, Texas in 1963. This story is such a reach that it has stretch marks:

If today’s extremist rhetoric sounds familiar, that’s because it is eerily, poignantly similar to the vitriol aimed squarely at John F. Kennedy during his presidency.

And just like today, Texans were leading what some of them saw as a moral crusade.

To find the very roots of the tea party of 2013, just go back to downtown Dallas in 1963, back to the months and weeks leading to the Kennedy assassination. It was where and when a deeply angry political polarization, driven by a band of zealots, burst wide open in America.

The only reason I read the entire op-ed was because I was pretty sure he was going to say Ted Cruz had been spotted on the grassy knoll.

The author didn’t mention Lee Harvey Oswald a single time in that lengthy cry for help. No wonder — he would have set fire to his own alleged line of reasoning, because Lee Harvey Oswald was a Marxist. Jackie Kennedy referred to Oswald as a “silly little communist,” and last time I checked, that was not among the political philosophies to which the Tea Party adheres.

None of that matters though, because if somebody tried hard enough, they’d be able to link John Wilkes Booth to Sarah Palin. And who knows — the author of that steaming pile might be doing so as we speak (keep an eye out for a lame column titled “I can see Jefferson Davis from my house”).

**Written by Doug Powers

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