I am a fiscal conservative but have not attended any Tea Party events. However, as an observer of politics I am very interested in how this burgeoning Tea Party has the potential to change the current political landscape in Washington. Now that the primary elections are over, I think it is important to understand the power that the Tea Party candidates will have when some of them win senate seats in November.
First,it is important to note that a political "seismic" event took place on September 14, 2010, as Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell beat Rep. Mike Castle for the Republican senate nomination in Delaware. Whether or not she is elected to the office, she stands as the prime example of how 8 Tea Party candidates have won seats in races where the Republican party establishment was backing another candidate. This is huge! It means there are very passionate voters in America that are not willing to accept the status quo and are actively seeking to change politics in Washington.
Second, this trend also shows that the Tea Party candidates are getting people out to vote for the first time!!! It is this fact that made it so hard for pollsters to predict these elections. These new voters are coming out because they finally have someone to vote for that represents their political views. This will make it increasingly difficult in November for pollsters to predict the elections and points to the possibility of an even larger change in seats for both houses.
Finally, the power of the Tea Party candidates that win seats especially in the senate will be huge!!! Even if the GOP does not take a majority in the senate, an election of 5 or 6 Tea Party senators will mean that there could be a 54-46 split. More importantly, the Tea Party Senators will erase the ability of the 2 moderate GOP senators like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins from throwing support to a democratic bill for passage.
This is the real power of the Tea Party, the entire Senate will be shifted to the right!!! Hopefully, this means that our politicians will finally rein in government spending and work to decrease the deficit!
I am not a member of the Tea Party Movement, but have debated reaching out to them. When the movement was in its infancy last year, I stumbled upon a rally. I was returning to work from my lunch break and observed a large group of people gathered nearby. There were probably around 500 people, which is a large crowd for the average-sized town where I work. I wandered in for a look and remained for about fifteen minutes before I needed to get back to work. … more
While I agree with the Tea Party's views on reducing government spending and fiscal responsibility, I find very disturbing most of their views on social issues and that is what turns me off to them. There are also so many different groups calling themselves Tea Partyers that it is hard to distinguish them and their views.
The Tea Party movement is a reactionary group of angry right wing conservatives who have vented their frustration of President Obama's plans for sweeping social programs and changing in the policies that were implemented during the eight years of George Bush Jr. May I ask where were these people when we spent billions upon billions of tax payers dollars fighting two wars in the Middle East? We spend so much money on nation building that when we try to fix our own social programs, … more
Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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The Tea Party movement is a populist United States protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism. The movement emerged in 2009 through an ongoing series of Tea Party protests. These are partially in response to the 2009 stimulus package as well as the 2008 bailouts. In 2010 The Economist described the movement as "America's most vibrant political force."
Protesters have utilized the social networking outlets Facebook, Twitter and MySpace as well as blogs and conservative media outlets in promoting Tea Party events.
The name "Tea Party" is a reference to the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773, a protest by American colonists against taxation by the British government when the colonists had no representation in the British Parliament that pre-dated but laid the ground for the American Revolutionary War. Tea Party protests have sought to evoke similar images, slogans and themes to this iconic period in American history. It may also refer to the often-used acronym TEA Party, a play on a party slogan: "Taxed Enough Already."