Frank Rich points out that, if you look at things historically, the psychotic over-reaction of the Tea Baggers and their ilk has no comparison. Except for one. The last time conservatives went this nuts was during the Civil Rights Bill passage in the 1960s. So, it isn't about "socialism" or "government takeover of, well, NOTHING" or any of their talking points. It's about racism. Pure and simple.
But I imagine most of you already knew that.