But that doesn't stop the media from treating them like a huge social movement.
Coverage bias was most pronounced during the Health Care Reform votes when several hundred teabaggers on the Capitol grounds got a great deal of coverage, while a pro-immigration reform march at the same time drew a much bigger crowd, well into the tens of thousands, received virtually none.
So let the teabags steep in their inflated numbers, thanks to Arizona, on very short notice, now you'll see what a real political protest looks like.
Protest organizers said on Wednesday outrage over the Arizona law -- which seeks to drive illegal immigrants out of the state bordering Mexico -- has galvanized Latinos and would translate into a higher turnout for May Day rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.
Some of these rallies, like Los Angeles alone in 2006 may (just may, remember short notice) draw half-a-million. Suck.on.that. Arizona.
Not that you'll see much coverage. After all, some mid-50ish white woman from Knoxville is screaming and carrying a sign telling the federal government to stay out of her "soshal securitee" and demanding those socialists let her drink liquor when she's carrying her handgun. And that's damn-fine television.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]