What is the Tea Party? A growing state of mind

A year and a half after the idea of a Tea Party burst into view, three of 10 Americans describe themselves in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll as Tea Party supporters — equal to the number who call themselves Republicans — though many of them acknowledge they aren't exactly sure what that allegiance means. Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
3.4
by Jon Mitchell - Jul. 2, 2010

This is one of the better attempts to expansively cover the Tea Party movement so far. It is centered around a wide-ranging study of supporters, and te article draws on the data to provide a fairly comprehensive portrait. The report does not investigate the claims of movement supporters or question their characterizations of the facts; it merely reports the Tea Party's claims at face value.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 2, 2010

Good journalism about the Tea Party movement and its followers. This thorough report provides a fair and factual overview of this cultural phenomenon, with multiple sources and useful context.

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Walter Cox
4.2
by Walter Cox - Jul. 3, 2010

A refreshingly fact-filled article that yields a true picture of what Tea Partiers wish to stand for. Too often the media focuses on extremist elements of this movement, and it is true that many ignorant, racist, and hateful people have attached themselves to the Tea Party. That should not distract, however, from the legitimacy of the opinions and goals of mainstream Tea Partiers, and this article helps clarify their ideals.

For the Tea Party movement to gain relevance and durability, its more responsible members will need to do some serious PR work. Their opinions and goals are consistent with the highest ideals of traditional American thought, which have fueled our progress these past 250 years. What Tea Partiers need to demonstrate is that they are willing to shed the more reactionary and regressive elements of American traditionalism--especially racism, xenophobia, and unthinking rejection of ... More »

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Richard Riehl
3.1
by Richard Riehl - Jul. 3, 2010

This is a good overview of who the tea partiers are, but it hardly scratches the surface of the conventional wisdom. It could have been improved with more in-depth exploration of the validity of the views expressed by its leaders.

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Jack Dinkmeyer
2.0
by Jack Dinkmeyer - Jul. 3, 2010

Something is amiss here. This article suggests Teabaggers encompass a significant number of disenchanted Americans, especially disenchanted Democrats. What’s so strange is in light of this supposed homogenization, Teabagger candidates are not only obvious right-wingers, but radically so. Could this article be another media Teabagger puff piece? The latest Gallup poll finds a substantial overlap of those who say they identify with Teabaggers with those who say they’re conservative Republicans. “Their similar ideological makeup and views suggest the Tea Party movement is more a re-branding of core Republicanism than a new or distinct entity on the political scene.”

Why have the media completely ignored the emerging Coffee Party Movement? Is it because it’s a progressive movement? Or because the media used up all their publicity on Teabaggers?

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Randy Morrow
3.3
by Randy Morrow - Jul. 3, 2010

A snapshot (from polls and interviews) of what the Tea Party is right now. An interesting (and revealing) quote:"The government is taking over everything — the banks, the automobiles," she says. "I want my freedom back.", but the woman quoted does not say what exact freedoms she has lost and how that has effected her.

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Jack Powers
4.2
by Jack Powers - Jul. 2, 2010

This article reports results of polls asking very relevant questions.

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Bill Hibbard
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by Bill Hibbard - Jul. 3, 2010

If you’re feeling your independence has been stepped on this will give you a Texas kick lesson in attitude! Socialist won’t appreciate it much…

I’m mad as hell at seeing enormous corporations suckering US into allowing our government into bail outs then having the audacity to blame the working people for finding it tough to produce as in times past…

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Kristen Stevens
3.4
by Kristen Stevens - Jul. 4, 2010

The history, quotes, and poll statistics were insightful. However, I would like to have seen more outside sources and quotations from non-party supporters. All-in-all, I did very much enjoy the article.

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