They aren’t all that admirable, are they?
Note that Sargent is tweeting in his capacity as a blogger for the Washington Post (his Twitter handle is ThePlumLineGS, which incorporates the name of his blog into the handle). I imagine that keeping up a social media presence on Twitter is part and parcel of his job at the Washington Post, and therefore, it strikes me that he should strive to be as accurate in his tweets as he would be in writings that actually appear on his Post-supported blog. The same journalistic standards for his blog should apply to his tweets, after all. And yet, here he is making stuff up, as the Baseball Crank properly points out. There isn’t a shred of evidence that the Tea Party wants to reverse “abolitionism, civil rights, & women’s suffrage,” which means that Sargent either should have ignored the original tweet saying as much, or disputed it, instead of retweeting it with a seemingly approving “Hah!”
It would be kind of nice if the Washington Post denounced this nonsense, and caused Sargent to retract. I would hope that the paper is more interested in protecting its reputation than Sargent appears to be in protecting his.