“Anyone who says that this is the dawn of a new age of conservatism,” writes New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow, “is engaging in wishful thinking on a delusional scale.”

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So concludes Blow after writing that watching tea partiers push back against establishment Republicans is like watching “some version of ‘Hee Haw'” – the former TV variety show that spoofed the hillbilly side of country music – “meets ’28 Days Later'” – a horror film where a rampant virus turns infected people into zombie-like, murderous monsters.

As WND has reported, however, the tea partiers around the nation have been a far cry from the toothless moonshiners of “Hee Haw” or the violent hordes of “28 Days Later.” The mostly peaceful protests have included men and women of every race, economic class and musical preference. Some are doctors, some are plumbers; some are Democrats questioning their political allegiance, and others are Republicans doing the same.

Some tea partiers are even planning a national convention at which those scheduled to speak include U.S. congressional representatives, a former state Supreme Court justice, authors, former governor Sarah Palin and WND’s Joseph Farah.

Blow, who has served as the graphic and arts director for both the New York Times and National Geographic, in his latest column, “G.O.P. Grief and Grieving,” nonetheless doubts the tea party phenomenon has any future.

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