I was shocked to find this claim by Republican John Kasich in a recent article at CNN:

“I think I was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.”

Yes. You read that right. John Kasich invented the Tea Party. Not just the recent tea party phenomenon. You know, the mouth breathing, knuckle dragging wingnut sychophant party that descended upon us this summer. No. John Kasich invented THE “Tea Party?”. The original one.

I was very doubtful until I found this archival footage of the actual Boston Tea Party:

It is tough to tell at first, so we had our crime lab digitally enhance it. I think this show pretty clearly that John Kasich did indeed invent the Tea Party?:

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