Chapter 1: The Grifter Archipelago; or, Why the Tea Party Doesn't Matter
• Matt Taibbi of "The Rolling Stone" magazine was in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 3, 2008, listening to the acceptance speech of Republican nominee for vice president, Sarah Palin.
• No one knew that in two short weeks the American economy would implode. During the first half of the year, Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns lost most of their value.
• A Ponzi scheme surrounding the American real estate market and investment fraud would later be identified as the culprit behind the economic collapse.
• Matt looked at McCain's choice of Palin as a desperate move and noticed that she presented herself as a populist who was eager to level low-class slams on candidate Obama.
• Nixon had capitalized on the "forgotten Americans" or the poor and middle-class Southern whites and the push to gain these voters was known as the "Southern strategy...
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