Then where was the Tea Party when the GOP took the balanced budget Clinton left them and proceeded to dismantle it into oblivion? Where was the Tea Party when Dick Cheney made his historic clarion call in 2002 that deficits don't matter? 2002! Where was the outrage then? And where was the Tea Party when, year after year, the Bush administration went deeper and deeper into deficit? And why did they suddenly surface in force only when the country's first black president took office and inherited Bush's $1.3 Trillion budget deficit? How is it that most of the Tea Partyers had magically morphed from "patriotic" Bush supporters who demonstrably didn't really give much of a shit about deficits, to such single-minded fiscalists right at around the time that Bush handed the big, quivering ball of shit that he created to Obama? Why did that become the magic moment of mass transformation? Why is that?