Read Jay Nordlinger’s “Rise of an Epithet,” wherein he describes how the term “teabagger” was originally, if innocently, employed by tea party activists, and also expresses disappointment with the liberal media for perpetuating the term and demonstrating the sort of glee Rachel Maddow displays here. But what I cannot figure out is how, innocent mistake or not, the small-government-preferrers came to the term “teabag” in the first place. Isn’t the teabag–in the non-scrotal sense–a relatively recent invention, post-dating the Boston Tea Party by a number of decades? Is “teabagger” meant to riff on the idea of “carpetbagger” somehow? What am I missing?