The term for a top down organising event claiming to be a grass roots effort is Astroturfing.
Turns out the whole event of Santelli's rant and the supposed "grass roots" tea parties are a PR campaign of the Republican branch of the Republican Party. The same mega rich who hate the inheritance tax.
I can understand the angst. I'm sure they've come to the realization that they're looking at a good 30 years or more of political winter. Reading the tea leaves seems to point in worse and worse directions for the extreme rich and the extreme right.
I only wish they'd done a little research on their slogans first. Hard not to laugh but hard to even allude to in public. I do see the smile on the faces of newscasters when they say the word teabagging.
Santelli and CNBC have completely ignored the whole thing, embarased to have been used? Santelli looking for new employment?