Q:The tea-party movement doesn't want a single leader. After all, the last thing it wants is to become part of the "establishment." But in recent primaries, tea-party candidates ended up battling each other, enabling some incumbents to win. Does a successful organization need a leader to steer the boat? Or is it enough for the upstarts to oppose the "old guard" on principle and to agree on some key ideas?
Success Editors on June 17, 2010 12:00 AM
The "tea party" movement is actually the first major political movement to grow up very quickly thru the use of social networking tools. But sometimes the wisdom of mobs does not lead to ultimate victory.
Posted by Raul J. Fernandez, on June 17, 2010 4:31 PM
The tea-party movement is legitimate dissent, but some of its claims are way off base. The real Boston Tea Party wasn't about rejecting taxation at all; the idea was that taxation was legitimate only if imposed by elected leaders.
Posted by Patricia McGuire, on June 17, 2010 12:00 AM
The tea party is good television. But if they want to be more than a sideshow they'll need to do more than wave signs around. They'll have to find a way to appeal to a broader range of voters. They'll need to check their facts.