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The mysterious 'tea party consultant'

I read Playboy's anonymous piece "Confessions of a Tea Party consultant" last week, and I'm still scratching my head about what the point of it was. It read like it was being dictated by a distracted source to a confused secretary, jumping from point to point, and making assertions that were neither provable nor damning. Follow the work of Big Government's Mike Flynn and Founding Bloggers' videographer Andrew Marcus, you know about as much as the mysterious consultant reveals about the movement. Follow the progress of Ensuring Liberty PAC -- which was launched four months ago at the first National Tea Party Convention -- and you wonder whether this piece is promotion for a project that hasn't been very influential yet. Oh, it's fun, but revelations take a back seat to gooey tributes to the people the consultant likes working with.

At one point, though, the author cheekily reveals who he is.

At the Tea Party convention in Nashville I was photographed by The Washington Post while meeting with the inner sanctum, but the paper wasn’t able to identify us in the caption. The picture captured my chin and arm and my colleague with a mouthful of hamburger as we listened to an Andrzejewski campaign staffer explain why he knows how to run a campaign better.

Here's the photo:


So if anyone wants to name who it is gesticulating as activist Chip Gerdes eats his burger, give it a try.

(Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By David Weigel  |  June 21, 2010; 8:44 AM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  
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