So someone at the Palm Beach Post decided that this was actually a story. It seems that parents of the doctor working on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. -- are Tea Partiers!:

Lemole’s mom and pop, heart surgeon Gerald Lemole and his wife, Emily, live in a $7.1 million house on The Island. They also own a more modest $3.5 million house, also in Palm Beach.

And while Michael is saving the life of the moderate Democratic congresswoman, Gerald and Emily are more into the far, far Right — including Tea Party goofball Christine O’Donnell! According to campaign filings, Lemole’s parents have showered with thousands in contributions — $15,700 in 2010 alone — Tea Party candidates vying for national offices. Ironically: Among their favorites are some of the very people whose controversial rhetoric and campaigns are said to provide a fertile ground for the likes of Jared Loughner, who allegedly injured Giffords and killed six others in Tucson.

Have to love that incredibly disingenous connect-the-dots to Giffords shooting and the Tea Party, sans evidence. But isn't this ultimately counterproductive for the narrative? Tea Partiers are supposed to be ignorant rural hicks, not Palm Beach heart surgeons.