That's a key point a lot of people miss, here in the US and overseas. The Tea Party and similar folks are there because large numbers of Americans voted them in and they're representing their constituents.
Unlike the common misperception the Tea Party movement is not monolithic. It's a loose affiliation of national, state and local groups without a central leadership, and in many states is a mix of Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
In our area there are quite a few Democrat Tea Party members.
And let's not forget what started the Tea Party's ascention: the Democrats bulldozing every Congressional rule, and common sense, in a rush to pass Obamacare. This ill considered move we now KNOW was poorly executed and continues to drive divisions in this country. It is VERY likely to cost Democrats a lot this November.
If the Democrats dislike the Tea Party I submit they have no one but the guy in the mirror to blame for its creation and rise.
Yeah, sure, the Tea Party is a grassroot movement not at all, started by Fox News/Rush Limbaugh at al. whose first manifestation did not start in February 2009 against the TARP and tax, not the ACA
Yeah, it is Wikipedia, just because I do not want to link all the references in that article.
You try to pass the Tea Party as a libertarian, less government freedom loving party. That might have been true at the beginning in 2009. In 2014, the Tea Party is a an extremist fringe of white supremacists, anti-union, vagina-obsessed, impeachment-hungry, birthers, racists, radical insurrectionists and pseudo anarchist theocrats like negro expert Cliven Bundy or his so-called friends who killed three people in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
Do I need to remind everyone of the government shutdown last October that lead to nothing ?
I may need to remind everyone of Karl Rove uber smear meister too
During the 2004 election, Karl Rove set the GOP strategy of activating conservative anger points like healthcare or immigration or same-sex marriage. Everything that stirred up the pot of hate and polarization?
You can read that in that book http://www.amazon.co...ing red America
But the evangelization of the Tea Party creation, that is just plain non-GMO, 100% pure bullcrap