The time for indignant squawking passes very quickly; some of the few cooler heads in the Tea Party crowd began to realize that their message was losing its possible attraction; and getting the support of the mainstream wins elections (except maybe in Chicago.)
Anyway, some Tea Party supporters enlisted a group of consultants to advise the Party as how to best get their message across.
Here are a few salient points by the study group:
1. Avoid any appearance of extremism. It's true: some people do get a tad worried when some redneck shows up carrying a placard reading, "We came unarmed this time." It causes them to wonder what they will bring next time. Spatulas? [One problem: getting the rank and file of the Tea Party to act uniformly mild would be like herding cats!]
2. While the name of the present-day Tea Party alludes to an episode in history in which the flavoring of Boston Harbor was temporarily improved, it little becomes members to show up to Tea Party events while wearing tricorned hats festooned with tea bags.
3. And, never, under any circumstances, serve English Breakfast tea, no matter how Anglophile you might be.
4. As a matter of discretion, members might re-think the use of the Gadsden flag, with the unfortunate rattlesnake symbolism. Accordingly, we suggest some more cuddly creature as a substitute, such as a hamster or ferret. Or, if the membership is attached to cold-blooded venomous creatures, at least try to mollify this image with a jokey, self-effacing, or amusing representation.
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