Tea party fits into neither category, and glad I could get a reaction from you Luciferiad.
BTW, what year did you graduate, and what school?
ALL politicians fit into one of those categories. Or we could form a third category called "Bag of Dicks". I'm sure there are men and women in our government or want to become part of our government who really have the best interests of the people in mind but they face a number of obstacles:
1) No one can agree on what's best for the people.
2) Politicians are universally mistrusted.
3) Any action they take that might jeopardize the success, wealth, position, or power of another group of interest-holders (be they other politicians, their political parties, corporations and their lobbyists, etc) will be met with vicious opposition.
And I don't know why it matters, but I graduated in 2000 from a tiny school in southern Idaho. There were 24 kids in my class.
I've been watching Mountain Men on cable a lot lately...thinking that might the way to do it. Sans camera crew, of course.