Can Tea Party win for real? CNN Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Rand Paul Embodies the Republican Tea Party Problem U.S. News & World Report Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Is Rand Paul Crazier Than Anyone Else in D.C.? Newsweek Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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May 27, 2010
What, we're still not completely sure.
But it was difficult to ignore the first Tea Party.
Judging by the recent results in Kentucky, it seems you can't ignore this one.
The Tea Party scored its most significant triumph in a Republican Party primary.
Trey Grayson, actually Charles Merwin Grayson III, representing the Republican elite was trounced by political novice, Tea Partier Rand Paul, who came home with 59 percent of the vote.
This fall he takes on the Democrats.
In his victory speech, Paul shouted to his supporters that their aim was to "get rid of the power people, the people who run the show, the people who think they're above everybody else."
The Ostroy Report is a fresh, aggressive voice for Democrats and a watchdog of the Republican Party.
(Although “not afraid to criticize our own when warranted.”)
They view the Tea Party as a means to rebrand the Republican Party, quoting among others, George Will:
"The Republicans realize that their brand is badly damaged and that there's no heartthrob out there."
With the help of viral videos, Facebook and Twitter, the Tea Party movement almost instantly found a large a following that has consistently gained ground since its inception in February 2009.
In fact, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in January 2010 revealed that 41% of Americans have a positive perception of the Tea Party movement, compared to 35% for the Democratic Party and 28% for the Republican Party.
It would be wise not to discount third parties effect as catalysts of political and social change. Sometimes, even progress.
The Republican Party, only four years after its first run for the White House, elected Abraham Lincoln.
Two other third parties laid the groundwork 20 years earlier with the anti-slavery Liberty Party and Free Soilers.
Let's also not forget the Prohibition Party, although many have tried, which got only 2% in its best presidential bid, but won a whole constitutional amendment 50 years later.
Today, there's the Green Party, put on the map by Ralph Nader in the Presidential election of 2000, influencing a number of issues. ranging from the environment to affirmative action in correcting injustices.
Love the Tea Party or hate them, few can dispute that the Tea Partiers have affected the political landscape.
Force or fad?
The New Republic: Rand Paul's Terrifying Principles NPR Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The Tea Party Movement: A force to be reckoned with huffingtonpost.com/ Take a look at an interesting article we found.
An Interactive History of All the Tea Party’s Many Powerful, Behind-the-Scenes Backers alternet.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Will the Tea Party sink the Republican Party?