Jon Perr, at Crooks and Liars, has a good rundown on the Dominionist figures lurking in the shadows at TeabaggerFest 2010:
as the sessions by Pastor Rick Scarborough and Judge Roy Moore at today's National Tea Party Convention show, the assembled Birthers, Birchers, Deathers and Deniers have seamlessly embraced the extremist religious right agenda. They are Tea Bagging for Jesus and they are in your face about it.
Perr links to my friend Michelle Goldberg, who wrote about the Christianist aspects of the fest last month for The American Prospect:
the gathering, to be held at Nashville's Opryland Hotel, is interesting for another reason as well: It marks the attempt of the old-school Christian right to take over the tea-party movement. Speakers joining Palin include Rick Scarborough, Roy Moore, and Joseph Farah, men who are radical even by religious-right standards. Their presence shows that the tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian, or anti-government, if it ever was. It is theocratic. Indeed, after several months in which the religious right seemed lost and dispirited, it has found a way to ride the tea-party express into renewed relevance.
I've always thought the teabagger movement was backed more by the hidden pro-corporate agenda represented by Dick Armey's advocacy position, than by right-wing Christianists. But these televangelical talibangelical people are also fairly corporate themselves (and are, no doubt, taking advantage of disruption caused to state election laws all around the country, to advance their preferred candidates, in the wake of the Supremes' campaign finance decision in January). They have a lot of money to invest in politicians, willingly given to the fake clerics by almost countless worried, blue-haired old ladies who shell out billions in hopes that their generosity will save them from the scary lies preachers get paid so well to tell.
Anyway, the TeabaggerFest 2010 organizers are hiding the religious aspects of their nuttery as best they can.
Here's the most extensive video I've found yet of Tom Tancredo's Thursday evening opening speech:
And here's the Crazy Woman, addressing the Salina, Kansas Chamber of Commerce (and about 6,000 people) on Friday. I suppose it is a warmup for tonight's TeabaggerFest 2010 keynote (this is audio only, and links to more segments, covering the entire speech):