I note that Baldi (who is currently in a hot air balloon over David Malki's house planning to drop five hundred cubic meters of pudding onto a parking lot) went to CPAC, where there was talk of Tea Parties and such.
I just got an email from Rich Galen, too. Galen's a nice fella, and he went to Iraq as an adviser in media affairs, something sorely needed in our current environment of conflict as information war. He is of the Beltway, however, and he swims in an elite sea. In his periodic mailing list column he referred to "tea baggers". This, I must add, is from an establishment GOP talking head. Now, his on line post doesn't use the phrase, and he apologizes for the slur in his column commentary page, and I can easily believe he had no idea that the phrase might not be the one those Tea Party dudes like to hear.
But the fact that for this long after the beating of Kenneth Gladney, party stalwarts are using the terminology of the anti's, might indicate how detached even a folksy guy who gets around the country can get. Changing that narrative is hard work.