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deconstructiva asks, We know that the Tea Party members of Congress say and practice extreme things, but when YOU two interview them and their staffs, how are they personally towards you, compared to how the Establishment R's and the D's treat you? Are the extreme Congress folks polite in person or are they rude? Do they tend to be upfront or stonewall, honest or lying? Spin, of course, is to be expected from nearly everyone.