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July 21st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Tea Party activists get caucus in the House


Members of the Tea Party movement protest on May 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – There will be a big "tea party" on Capitol Hill today. The newly-minted congressional Tea Party Caucus holds its first official meeting on Wednesday. How will the new status impact the growing Tea Party movement? Our Jim Acosta takes a look. Watch Video

Tea Party Caucus: Who's in and who's out


Filed under: Politics • Welcome to the Tea Party
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  1. howie

    @ whimsicalpig you say " make no laws to infringe on your personal rights" the teabaggers clearly want "god" to run the show and we will all follow his rules.. abortion rights... gone... free speech.... gone ... as Americans we all grew up knowing that their is no I in team and that we all need to work together.. the teabaggers and repubs look at life as "everyman for himself" where as the American way is "we all stand together, "united we stand divided we fall" life is a marathon to be run as a team not a tennis match....

    July 27, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  2. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    You've got that right SAM BARBER!

    July 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  3. whimsicalpig

    I know several members of the Tea Party. For the most part, all they are interested in is returning this nation to what is was created to be;
    the cauldron in which every person has the OPPORTUNITY to be all that they can be.

    nothing more than that. If you are able bodied, you make your own way with your own efforts and are rewarded in proportion to those efforts.

    make no laws to infringe on your personal rights and then stand back and let the entrpeneurial spirit create the greatness that was this country's hallmark.

    don't tax business to pay for welfare, governement nanny police to make sure we are eating our vegetables, or whatever else the progressives feel would be better decided by ivory tower intellectuals.

    Free enterprise is the best determiner of what is best. if something isn't good, it isn't purchased, simple as that and let the buyer beware.

    I think the problem with the teaparty haters is that they are opposed to any form of self accountability. they want the "government" to be their nanny and take care of everything for them.

    the tea party is frightening to them because it requires EACH person to be responsible for their journey in life and NOT EVERYONE IN LIFE GETS A TROPHY. there are winners and losers. that's a fact.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  4. Sam Barber

    The "tea party" is mostly comprised of Republicans. So let's call it what it is: a branch of the Republican party that apparently was asleep from 2001-2008; however, after January 2009, they have suddenly awakened and are now shouting "OMG! We have deficits!"
    Where were these hypocrites the last 8 years?

    July 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  5. Lazyike67

    Kershaw we as a nation have been lucky. in over 225 years we have NOT had a dictatorship. Granted Bush came the closest to a fascist police state. Yet these wingnuts are too stupid to learn from history. They constantly vote back in the party they voted out for the same reason
    they voted the current party in.

    Maybe it's time this nation HAS a Hitler or some other Dictatorship. Gives these Tea Baggers & Republicans the nation they dream of.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  6. Laurie

    Look at their leadership, look at their crowds, look at their signs...they wrap themselves in the flag but being a patriot takes more than that. They will never be a movement to be taken seriously because they do not represent real America. The reality is that America is more colorful, more diverse, and any party that wants to succeed needs to broaden not narrow.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  7. Tom13

    These yahoos need to go away, they are making us all, as Americans look like a bunch of uneducated uninformed sheep that will believe anything if spun right.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  8. R Kershaw

    It is difficult for me to understand what the Tea Party is all about. The only thing that I see is their intransigence, their very narrow mind that wants to hide in a Patriotic name.
    No matter what hold sin the future, I would never want to this country in the hands of these people.

    July 22, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  9. howie

    The Tea Baggers believe themselves to be hyper-patriotic and they are pocked with religious fundamentalists who believe in Armageddon (and sooner rather than later). They are filled with fury, hate and fear (while of course, praising Jesus, who was actually a peace lover and confidante of the poor).

    They rage against immigrants, gays, taxes, “foreigners”, and anyone who does not look, talk, act and think exactly as they do. They specialize in attacking the weak, the poor, and those in the minority. They demonize their opponents, resort to intimidation and thuggery to make their political points, and spew invective with reckless abandon.
    They’ve brought loaded guns to political rallies to scare opponents. Many are militaristic, anti-government fanatics who talk about “secession” and “overthrowing” leaders they don’t like.

    Hope, truth and justice frighten them. Reality is their sworn enemy. Facts disgust them.

    They worship people like the infamous and odious Sarah Palin, who could go from clown to fascist dictator in a heartbeat if enough people let her. (Hitler started off as a perfectly harmless architect. Mussolini began as a little-regarded and virtually unknown print journalist. Neither had a nationwide media platform like Fox News.)

    July 21, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  10. art

    I'm out. 🙂

    July 21, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  11. Sandra

    Shame on the "reporter" that used Ms. Sherrod's story of transformation to incite racial hatred. Shame on the NAACPand Tom Vilsack for not doing their due diligence. This is someone's LIFE! Ms. Sherrod has a positive legacy of service. Tom Vilsack and the "reporter" seem the most unrepentent. Mr. Vilsack should be reprimanded for not doing his job before briefing the president.

    July 21, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  12. nancy

    These "folks" just need to go live in Alaska with Palin..

    July 21, 2010 at 8:19 am |