The myth is that lemmings are mindless creatures that jump off cliffs to their deaths because they are, ironically, rodent copy-cats, each following the being in front of them even to their own demise.
But that’s not exactly true. Scientists tell us that many Republicans and virtually all “tea party” followers probably have the same follow-the-spin, mindless propensity that biologists used to think caused the lemmings to march to their own ends. Turns out, lemmings self-thinned their own herds when their groups became overpopulated. So, on behalf of the survival and benefit of their own species, they took their own lives — if not exactly an altruistic trait, a biologically sound, genetically wired behavior that ensured survival of their kind.
Of course, that being the case, their nature would set them far, far away from that of tea party creatures who seemingly divide their species into two camps — the “haves and wanna-keep-having-at-the-cost-of-all-others,” and the “have-nots.” To biologists, the mystery is why these creatures promote the demise of whom they see as the “other” when, in fact, they themselves make up a good percentage of the have-nots.