We didn't constantly see signs expressing bigotry at Gore, Kerry, or Dean rallies. And that's the difference. When the tea party talks about taking their country back, it's about more than politics alone.
On one side are the forces of egalitarianism, economic opportunity, and self-determination. On the other is a well-funded and entrenched elite bent on hijacking our media, our political process, and our institutions, for their selfish ends.