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Tea Party Merchandise Outsells Its Candidates

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"Sorry. We're all out of the 'Don't Tread on Me' sweatbands. But we have plenty of Obama snap bracelets."

Across this great, yelling country of ours, Tea Party paraphernalia is in high demand. Stickers, buttons, and t-shirts are selling out in corner stores, county fairs, and the backs of Ford pickups. According to USA Today, "tens of millions" of dollars worth of Tea Party merchandise has been sold since the group's ascent in 2009. In fact, considering the major defeats of Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, and John Raese, party members are more willing to buy a "Taxed Enough Already" beer koozie than endorse every party-backed candidate.

Online shops CafePress and Zazzle report Tea Party items are far outselling Obama products -- that is, ones that place him in a positive light. Amy Maniatis, vice president of marketing at CafePress, told USA Today, "We've never seen such a hot-button merchandizing trend during a midterm election." Over at Zazzle, head of marketing Michael Karns said, "We've sold hundreds of thousands of Tea Party items worth millions of dollars."

Of the best-selling items:
  • A t-shirt that reads "The current government is what our founding fathers tried to prevent." ($20, and perfect for any administration)
  • A pair of sneakers with a portion of the Constitution printed on them. ($60, and modifiable with Wite-Out)
  • A skateboard designed with the Obama "O" logo and the phrase "Obummer." ($60, and an ideal gift for the social conservative skateboarder in your life)
  • A thong featuring a snake head above the phrase "Don't Tread on Me." ($12, and Natty Ice absorbent)
But really, what symbolizes the Tea Party movement better than a poster of American revolutionary George Washington modeled after Marxist rebel Che Guevara?
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