What are the tea party movement 2010 ideas and platform all about? Thousands of tea party groups have sprung up across the country, and tea party activists are having a significant impact on shaping Republican primaries across the country. Is the tea party a political party?
The name of tea party movement platform plays on the 1773 Boston Tea Party, when colonists protested British efforts to tax tea imports and dumped tea into Boston Harbor. When the movement first began, some tea party activists mailed tea bags to members of Congress to express their anger.
Social policy has not been central to the tea party movement 2010, although there have been some efforts, including Fox commentator Glenn Beck’s recent rally in Washington, to connect religion to the tea party movement such as Umbrella groups such as the Tea Party Patriots, and social networking sites, link activists who are members of hyper-local tea party organizations.
Neither is a formal leader of a specific tea party group, but they are all actively courted and built fans among tea party audiences. Sarah Palin has backed several winning candidates with tea party support in congressional and gubernatorial contests this year.
Rather than run candidates of tea party movement 2010 as independents, the tea party movement largely has inserted itself into Republican Party politics. Both parties are waiting to see whether the tea party movement ultimately empowers or hobbles the Republican Party. I am glad that the tea party movement recognized that the Republican Party is where they ought to be.
Which November elections with tea-party backed candidates are worth watching in tea party movement 2010? Among the most-watched races will be the Nevada Senate race pitting tea-party backed Republican Sharron Angle against Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid; and Rand Paul’s bid for the Senate in Kentucky.