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As .Sean at Fired Up notes, former Speaker pro Tem turned lobbyist Carl Bearden is the point of contact for the Tea Party protest in Jefferson City. Can you smell the astroturf?

That’s not the only “movement” Bearden has headed up in Missouri. From Carl Bearden’s Wikipedia entry:

Recently, Carl has come out in support of former Senator Fred Thompson for president. This development has drawn national attention in such blogs as Real Clear Politics and Robert Novak’s Human Events. Support for this movement can be voiced at draft.thompson@carlbearden.org and his personal blog.

Clearly this entry hasn’t been updated in a while. How did the Fred Thompson movement work out, Carl? Fred dropped out after placing a distant third in South Carolina, his best showing in the primaries.