Someone finally commissioned a poll to quantify what everyone with eyes already intuitively understood: the Tea Party is overwhelmingly far right, white, male, and aging (occasional outliers like the One Young Teabagger with Piercings aside).
The Times saved the best bit for last:
Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.
Others could not explain the contradiction.
â€œThatâ€™s a conundrum, isnâ€™t it?â€ asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. â€œI donâ€™t know what to say. Maybe I donâ€™t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.â€ She added, â€œI didnâ€™t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think Iâ€™ve changed my mind.â€