You know, I was just reading "Hellhound on His Trail," a book about the -- about the assassination of Dr. King and about -- particularly about the Wallace-for-president campaign in California back then. And you're looking at, I think, at basically the same demographic: a lot of marginal, very angry white people.
I'm pretty happy about the Tea Party, because I think they're ensuring that no reasonable electable Republican will be -- will be president. They're taking over the party in a way that makes them look more or less crazy. If I were a conspiratorially-minded person, I think that Michele Bachmann, for instance, was a creation of some evil Democratic group to make them all look like loony tunes and dumb as a sack full of hammers.
Speaking of looking like loony tunes and being dumb as a sack full of hammers, this seems to be a case of the chef's pot (and he smoked a lot of it) calling the kettle black. Here is Bourdain speaking out on a subject with which he has a lot more expertise in Celeb Stoner:
Everybody smokes dope after work. People you would never imagine. There has been an entire strata of restaurants created by chefs to feed other chefs. These are restaurants created specially for the tastes of the slightly stoned, slightly drunk chef after work.
...We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk-in refrigerator at every opportunity to 'conceptualize.' Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Cannabis, methaqualone, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine and, increasingly, heroin which we'd send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get.
And how clueless does one have to be to even try heroin even once since it is known to hook the user almost immediately? One horrible side effect is to make a fool out of yourself on national television on a topic about which one is completely ignorant.