There is no Tea Party in the same way there is a Republican Party and Democratic Party. There is no hierarchy, no party leaders, no fundraising apparatus, not even a ballot line in most states. The Tea Party’s state of virtual reality helps the mainstream media push its agenda that the Tea Party’s major influence on outcomes in the 2010 election was merely "one and done." The Liberal media outlets would have us think the real "grassroots" movement is "Occupy Wall Street" and the 99% of us who are not independently wealthy. The Liberal media may have gone on to win that perception game. Then May 8, 2012 happened.
On that day of the Republican Primary, the Tea Party showed it was alive and kicking. In Indiana, 35- year Senator Richard Lugar got his clocked cleaned by Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. In Wisconsin, the special recall election of Republican Governor Scott Walker took a bad turn for his opponents. With no candidate of his own party contesting Walker's re-election, he still won more votes than all the Democrats combined who were vying for the nomination to oppose him.
The Tea Party is a party of ideals and ideas. Though people subscribing to its philosophy and actions may not take to the streets, they do take to the polls to vote. They may not get headlines – even when they deserve to get them -- but they do get the results they want. (Nobody ever got elected on a headline, anyhow. Just ask Thomas E. Dewey, prematurely declared the Presidential victor in pre-TV days by the most infamous Page 1 blunder in newspaper history – “Dewey Wins!” -- even though the slick New York Governor ultimately lost to homespun Missouri haberdasher Harry S Truman.)
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