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An Open Letter to the Tea Partiers

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It didn't work then and it won't work now. That populist stuff isn't designed to "work." It's designed to sell.

There's an old saying among poker players. If you look around the table and you don't know who the pigeon is, it's you.

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You, my fellow Americans, my Tea Partier brothers and sisters, are being sold.

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You are the people, but your champions don't represent the people. They represent themselves.

Oh, they'll come to your conventions and speak--for a fee--and they'll pass out the funny hats. They'll make strong, vaguely racist denunciations of illegal immigration, while Conseulla watches the kids at the summer cottage in Nags Head. And then they'll tell their buddies at Tyson Foods they didn't really mean it.

The politicians you elect with your outrage will pay you all the respect Sarah Palin paid the citizens of Alaska. Your anger is their oxygen. And what they're going to do to you will leave you breathless.

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But there is a better way. Work with both parties. If you don't, if you put all your hopes in the GOP, trust me, you are going to get used. But if you work with both parties, if neither the Democrats or Republicans can take you for granted, you won't be.

You are disgusted by our soaring deficits; you are sure it's just a matter of time until the IRS breaks into the kids' bedroom and confiscates Missy's piggy bank.

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