Sunday, June 23, 2013

What's a Tea Party?

The Tea Party seems to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight's legislation with the same vehemence that it directed at the Affordable Care Act. Now, it's important to bear in mind that generalizing about the Tea Party is incredibly fraught, given the movement's size, amorphousness, and ideological diversity. But I asked a number of tea-party leaders if it was appropriate to say "the Tea Party opposes the Senate Gang of Eight immigration proposal," and consistently heard that it was.
I wonder what the GOP would have to do to establish credibility with the Tea Party folks - they've not come close yet.

I deeply appreciate the author's comments concerning tea party generalizations.

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