Sanford was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party—and before the brand was damaged by Michele Bachmann–like zealots.
zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan.
They also frequented online chat rooms where fellow Islamic zealots teed off with venomous rants about their hate for infidels.
c.1300, "member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine," from Late Latin Zelotes, from Greek zelotes "one who is a zealous follower," from zeloun "to be zealous," from zelos "zeal" (see zeal). Extended sense of "a fanatical enthusiast" first recorded 1630s.
a sect of Jews which originated with Judas the Gaulonite (Acts 5:37). They refused to pay tribute to the Romans, on the ground that this was a violation of the principle that God was the only king of Israel. They rebelled against the Romans, but were soon scattered, and became a lawless band of mere brigands. They were afterwards called Sicarii, from their use of the sica, i.e., the Roman dagger.