On Friday, July 5, Tea Party Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ 6) said of John McCain, "I love John, but he hasn't found a conflict he doesn't think we should arm or bomb." The comment was made backstage at the FreedomWorks' Free the People event in Salt Lake City in a conversation about Egypt and Syria between Schweikert, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and FreedomWorks' president, Matt Kibbe. The two Arizona legislators have a bit of a history -- according to Schweikert, when McCain made statements about "Tea Party hobbits" who voted against the sequester, the senator was referring to him.
The Free the People event was part of a three-day July Fourth celebration organized by the Tea Party group FreedomWorks, and Glenn Beck's Mercury One Radio Arts and Mercury One charity. The centerpiece of the Beck-stravaganza was 'Man in the Moon,' a stage spectacle combining the summer church revivalist tradition with political performance art.