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Thread #133255   Message #3025602
Posted By: pdq
06-Nov-10 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Disaster for the Democrats?
Subject: RE: BS: Disaster for the Democrats?
Just for the recod, the Tea Party is not a political party in the same was that the Democratic and Republinac parties are.

The Tea Party is a grassroots movement and it has run no candidates.

One lady is considered the leader, but most Tea Party supportes have probably never heard of her...

"...Jenny Beth Martin found her voice, and has given it to a movement profoundly unhappy with Congress, the president and the general direction of life in the United States.

In the past year, her celebrity has taken her to Washington, New York, Philadelphia and other places where people want to see one of the few luminaries of a movement that prides itself on its lack of stars. So she books her flights, a surprised traveler.

"I never intended this," she said recently. "I guess I just raise my hand too often and volunteer constantly."

Martin may owe CNBC commentator Rick Santelli a big thank you. On Feb. 19, 2009, he stood on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and blasted Obama's mortgage bailout plan. "The government," he yelled, "is promoting bad behavior!" Then, with a nod to U.S. history, Santelli said he should host a "Chicago tea party."

Tea party. In suburban Atlanta, Martin heard that phrase and felt something stir. She got busy the next day, organizing Atlanta's first tea party protest. On Feb. 27, Martin and others stood in the rain outside the Georgia Capitol with signs reading "Repeal or Retire," a message to Congress to drop the economic stimulus plan.

Martin stepped up her e-mails and phone calls, sharing her belief. She and others planned a protest for April 15, the national deadline for filing income taxes. Someone, Martin isn't sure who, coined the name "Tea Party Patriots." In June she incorporated the group as a nonprofit political action organization. She is its CEO.

Its principles, she said, are simple. It wants the government to embrace fiscal responsibility, calls for a constitutionally limited government and urges free-market economics. An umbrella organization, it now claims 1,800 chapters with 15 million members."