A Colorado fife-and-drum duo that became a fixture at tea party gatherings has split up over political differences. According to the Coloradoan in Fort Collins, “the duo in question were the members of the Liberty Leaders, who wore garb in the style of the Revolutionary War era (tri-cornered hats included) and played at numerous tea party events. But politics intervened. John Weins, the fifer, backed one candidate for sheriff. Drummer Mel Hilgenberg supported another.” MSNBC’s Racherl Maddow featured the instrumentalists on her show last night in an effort to play peacemaker—offering to fund a reconciliation beer summit after the show. No word on whether a long term reunion was reached.