Obviously being sane is not a requirement to write for the Times. One would think the Paper would have more sense than to publish a baseless screed comparing the Tea Party crowd to Stalinists and Birchers.
Oddly, the Times has underplayed the actual Marxism and Black Liberation theology connections in Obama's past.We never had a full discussion of the political past of Obama's crack pot mother Stanley Ann Dunham who was falsely portrayed as a typical product of the Midwest. The media also allowed Obama to skate past a personal relationship with a venemous Marxist racist pastor and a traitorous communist domestic terrorist.
The Tea Party crowd wants to roll back the size of government. The movement wants real conservatism and responsibility. I am not a conservative but recognize what the movement seeks. Is the group angry with Obama and current politics? This is 100% correct, but they are also 100% patriotic unlike Obama and the NYT staff. Obama appears more likely to be familiar with actual Stalinists, Maoists and Trotskyite goons than the Tea Party crowd.