Reasonable libertarian Steve Chapman tries to stop worrying and love the most extreme wing of the Tea Party:

Here’s my first impression of the tea party movement: It’s a rabidly right-wing phenomenon with a shaky grasp of history, a strain of intolerance and xenophobia, a paranoia about Barack Obama, and an unhealthy reverence for Fox News. Any movement that doesn’t firmly exclude Birchers, birthers and Islamaphobes is not a movement for me.

Here’s my second impression of the tea party movement: We are lucky to have it.

It’s a faint hope, that unelectable lunatics might help convince Americans on the need for fiscal sanity. But not as faint as this: