Mysteries of the tea party


The Associated Press today tried to define the movement known as the “tea party,” by canvassing many states to get a definition.

They couldn’t. Why? Because, it seems clear, the tea party is whatever a particular member wants it to be:

“That’s the beauty of it,” says George Burton, a Minnesota electrician and history buff who dressed in period garb for a rally he organized in Brainerd, “We don’t take any orders from anybody.”

The tea party has no single issue around which people rally -taxes comes closest – and it has no clear leader who drives the organization’s message, motivates followers and raises money. Indeed, the hundreds of tea party chapters and tens of thousands of

its activists cannot agree on the most basic strategic goal: whether to try to influence the current political system or dismantle it.

It raises significant questions about at least one poll, cited by the Powerline blog which purports to show the tea party has more followers than President Obama. “The key datum, as usual, is that independents prefer the Tea Party over Obama by 50-38 percent,” Powerline said.

The blog cited a Rasmussen poll which said…

On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.

But what the Associated Press seems to have determined is there’s no such thing as an average tea party member.

  • Ben Chorn
  • Cal

    It is VERY CLEAR that PUBLIC RADIO is what ever the writer wants it to be. Public would make you think

    that NPR stations would try to represent ALL of the

    public, rather than only the Liberal View.I have yet to hear a positive remark on the side of Conservatives.

    Take the Census for instance, There is a thing

    called Identity Theft, maybe you have not heard of it,but a Birth date and a name is all they need to access YOUR credit etc.

    You never answer the Question, WHY DO THEY NEED MY PHONE NUMBER??

    If they have questions send another form in the mail.

    You and THEY love forms. Privacy, is not only a

    Right it is a necessity in today’s world. Hire at least

    a few people who are not BLIND LIBERALS who

    want to depend on the Government to hold their

    hand trough every waking minute.

  • Bob Collins


  • Steve

    Poor Cal.