Tea Party Foes Plan to Infiltrate Rallies...

...And act really crazy to try to discredit the movement
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Dontikeyou
Posted Apr 13, 2010 7:45 PM CDT
Tea Party Foes Plan to Infiltrate Rallies...
A Tea Party Express rally in Concord, N.H., Tuesday, April 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – A group opposed to tea party activists has a novel strategy to discredit them: Members plan to go to rallies, pretend they're on board, and act like utter fools with over-the-top signs (probably misspelled) and actions (think Nazi costumes). "Our plan is not to shout them down," Jason Levin, organizer of Crash the Tea Party, tells Talking Points Memo. Instead, they hope "to infiltrate them and push them farther from the mainstream."

One tea party organizer tells the Washington Post that tea partiers are developing strategies of their own to identify and deal with infiltrators. Plus, "It gives us the opportunity to say, 'These are the guys doing this,'" says Brendan Steinhauser of FreedomWorks. "But overall it's not helpful. It's something we have to waste time and resources dealing with." Rallies are planned across the country Thursday for Tax Day. (Read more tea party activists stories.)

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