In September 2009, thousands of conservatives traveled to Washington to march in protest of ObamaCare, which was being crafted by the White House and Democrats in Congress. On posters, Obama was depicted as Hitler and the Joker. The tea party was in full force, and "don't tread on me" became a thing.
The next year, thousands of tea party lovers returned to the capital for a rally hosted by the right-wing conspiracist Glenn Beck. There were flags, signs, and plenty of anti-Obama rhetoric to go around.
Now, on the first day of a big Supreme Court case that could help shape not only President Obama's health care law but a much more important matter, the election, demonstrators are marching in front of the court's steps — but those are the pro-Obama protesters.
The tea party demonstrators, maybe a couple dozen but not much more than that, have a handful of signs and a couple of standard chants. Yet they clearly are outnumbered by the Obamacare fans and have had to wait for lulls in the other side's agenda to creep into the spotlight.
The demonstrators were claiming real estate outside the courtroom early Monday morning.
"We love Obamacare," chanted those who loved Obamacare.
The scrappy tea partiers edited that into, "We love the Constitution," and tried to match the liberal forces in rhythm and volume.
Almost every time, they were unsuccessful.
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What happened to the tea party that hated Obamacare so much?
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