Montana Republican Party Chairman William Deschamps will be the guest of honor this week on the Tea Party television show “The Patriot Chronicles.”
Deschamps’ appearance follows that of Denny Rehberg and a long list of Republican legislators and candidates. GOP governor hopefuls including Roy Brown, Corey Stapleton and Ken Miller have or are also scheduled to appear on the show this month.
Past guests have included disgraced Big Sky Tea Party president Tim Ravndal, Columbus Tea Party organizer Blane Dillon, and Bliess Tew of the John Birch Society.
“It’s becoming clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party are one in the same,” said Martin Kidston, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “Montana’s ‘Grand Old Party’ has shifted toward the tinfoil-hat wearing crowd of conspirators and anti-government zealots representing the fringes of the right.”
The merging of the Montana GOP and the Tea Party got a boost earlier this year when Rehberg joined the Tea Party Caucus in Washington. He bought into the Republican Tea Party Contract on America and served as a giddy guest on The Patriot Chronicles in April.
During Rehberg’s ‘listening tour,’ he answered questions from birthers on whether President Obama was a true American citizen and from conspirators alleging a homosexual agenda in Montana schools.
The Tea Party will also help conduct mail drops for Republican candidates in Yellowstone County.
“For Montana Republicans to say they’re not affiliated with the Tea Party is akin to Democrats saying they’re not affiliated with organized labor,” Kidston said. “The question is no longer how tightly the GOP and the Tea Party are intertwined, but who’s drummer will the Republican Party be marching to after the election?”