This article talks about Tea Partiers and originalists who want to amend the Constitution in various ways. There may be a contradiction in cherishing the totality of something while wanting so much to change it. But, the author overstates it. The democratic root of originalism is the assumption that policy debates will turn into public amendment debates instead of private interpretation debates in court. Without accepting thoughtful amendment proposals, originalism turns into a game of political freeze-tag won in advance by a dead generation of founders. That’s not what anybody advocates. So, it’s a straw-man argument used to exaggerate the contradictions of a group about whom any number of other criticisms can be hurled.
Tea Party policy is good or bad on its own.