The John Birch Society was founded in 1958, and six years later the GOP nominated Barry Goldwater.
Maybe we’re in the middle of a similar six-year cycle. The Tea Party first elected candidates in 2010, and one of theirs might get the 2016 GOP nomination.
I’ve also been thinking about how the John Birch Society, despite being denounced by the GOP establishment, is still exerting a lot of power, both money and candidate-wise. David and Charles Koch’s father, Fred, didn’t just found Koch Industries, he was also a co-founder of the JBS. And Rand Paul’s father, Ron, has endorsed the JBS and spoken at their events, including giving the keynote at their 50th anniversary in 2008. Scary stuff.