I am always fascinated by the concept of memes and looking at how ideas are spread and evolve. So this look by Alexander Zaitchik of Salon at the intellectual origins of Beckism.
Turns out, it can be traced back to one W. Cleon Skousen, a man who was many things, but first a foremost a radical right nutball of the first order. As in declare Dwight Eisenhower to be a communist brand of nutball.
This is where the teabaggers are coming from.