February 18th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

What do you see as future of the Tea Party movement?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin is telling Tea Partiers they have to pick a party - either Republican or Democrat.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/18/art.tea.jpg caption="FILE PHOTO: Tea Partiers protested Congress' and Pres. Obama's health care reform efforts back in September."]
Speaking to Republicans in Arkansas, Palin started by praising the Tea Party, calling it a "grand movement" that she loves because it's "all about the people."

But she was quick to say tea party candidates won't win in our two-party system unless they join an established party. No surprise which one Palin thinks they'd be better of with.

Meanwhile there's a new poll that sheds some light on who actually makes up the Tea Party movement.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows activists are mostly male, rural, college-educated and overwhelmingly conservative.

The survey shows about 11 percent of Americans say they've actively supported the Tea Party either by giving money or going to a rally; and another 24 percent say they favor the movement but haven't taken any actions to support it. That's a total of 35 percent who could be described as Tea Party supporters. Not an insignificant number....

Which is exactly why it could be a problem for the GOP. If the Tea Party movement succeeds in getting candidates on the ballot, they could wind up splitting votes with the Republicans - and ultimately help the Democrats win.

Which is probably why Sarah Palin is asking them to pick a side. Meanwhile not such a great turnout for Palin at that Arkansas event. Reportedly less than half of the lover level seats were occupied in the 18,000 seat hall and the entire upper level was covered in black drapes.

Here’s my question to you: What do you see as the future of the Tea Party movement?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve writes:
The Tea Party movement will continue to grow as more and more Americans reject the overreaching bureaucracy of Washington. For far too long, liberal politicians have been whittling away at our freedom and liberty. From now on, there's an independent force that can brew up conservative power against any challenge to our country's founding principles.

Edwin writes:
Who really gives a rip about the so-called Tea Party or Sarah Palin? The Tea Party is nothing but angry bunch of middle-age, middle class, dumb, white racists who are mad that an African-American is president of the United States.

David in San Diego writes:
I think it will damage the GOP a little and eventually fizzle out by being absorbed into that party. As I recall, most Republicans who thought term limits were a good idea when campaigning became career politicians after being elected. Earmarks become "meeting the needs of my district." Outsiders lose steam once they use their outrage to get inside.

David in Texas writes:
I fit the profile: college-educated, male, and live in rural Texas. I feel that the tea parties give us a chance to voice our opinion beyond the office of our elected officials. My hope is that the rest of Washington gets the message! Additionally, maybe the liberal left will realize that we can think for ourselves and we do NOT agree with the tax and spend policies that we have seen from Washington.

Marie in Portland, Oregon writes:
The squeaky wheel always gets the grease. That is the nature of the news cycle, but most Americans don't go with candidates on the far right or left. That in itself will lead to the Tea Party's eventual demise.

A. in Sacramento writes:
Fizzle, fizzle, CRASH!

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    It looks like the Republicans will take their money (and votes) and tell them whatever they want to hear. These poor souls have been whipped into a frenzy against policies that will strengthen the middle class, but there no convincing them that they are being hoodwinked.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Josh

    It could be a problem for the GOP, but it's a bigger problem for the Dems. What the Tea Party movement is, ultlimately, is a manifestation of rage among conservatives at what they perceive as politics-as-usual. Which means the rage is disproportionately directed at Democrats. And angry pewople vote.

    I think ultimately the Tea Party movement is just the latest lightning rod for galvanizing the Republican base, and if the tea partiers do, as Palin urges, go home to a party, it's going to energize the Republicans.

    The movement would be a problem for the Republicans if they ran their own candidates, splitting the center-to-right support and leaving openings for the Dems. But if they are not a new political party, then theey're Republican upside.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  3. mario ca

    Jack what I see is a cup of tea

    February 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  4. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    The future will be Sarah Palin and the Palinaires!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  5. Semo Rantamaki

    As a conservative movement, it is all but an extension of the Republican party. After losing in '06 and '08, their new shtick was "No, we hate both parties. No, we are independents." Probably, to create the perception that Independents support them. In Massachusetts, 51% were independents. Put up a good candidate, then say "we hate both parties, but vote on the Republican ballot." Old trick, they just shined it up.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  6. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    Sad when a country of 300 million cannot find one competent intelligent, honest leader and group of compassionate representatives with common sense to lead this nation. If Sarah Palin is the best the Tea Party has to offer, then we might as well as well go ahead and shoot the Chinese flag up the flagpole.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  7. Sheena

    While some of these people get a little extreem with their signs, I think, most of these people, are ordinary people that are tired of what is happening in Washington and being done to the people and are speaking out their anger and frustrations.
    Which I believe they have every right to do, because this is "Still" a free country.
    I don't think there should be a 3rd party either, there is enough trouble within the government with two parties that act worst than spoiled children and what is outrageous is they are acting this way publicly.
    These are the very people that are suppoes to be leading and helping and working "For the People".
    The way things are going in Washington now, we can put a few kids in there to run the country, perhaps they would do a better job.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  8. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    This movement will eventually peter out. It appears Sarah's over exposure is catching up with her now too. There is always going to be some rebels marching to their own drummer but I seriously doubt if this particular one is going to upset the traditional two party system.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  9. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why the fuss over these Bozos? They are no more than disheartened Republicans who probably already vote that way.

    As far as Palin, her plastic image would meld perfectly with Tiger Woods, both are not who they appear to be. Maybe he can be her next conquest, or is that the other way around. Either way they are both becoming boring.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  10. stevegee

    The Tea Party movement will continue to grow as more and more Americans reject the overreaching bureaucracy of Washington. For far too long, liberal politicians have been whittling away at our freedom and liberty. From now on, there's an independent force that can brew up conservative power against any challenge to our country's founding principles.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  11. Ron in South Carolina

    There are way to many radical right nut jobs and loons associated with this movement. How can anyone take seriously any movement that allows that kind of activity in its ranks. It is time that serious minded people with serious ideas and helpful suggestions come to the front and let the folks in Washington know that they blew their chance to lead. The Republicans should be ashamed that they let the media idiots that "speak for them" have the floor without rebuttal. The Democrats should be ashamed that they have the power and haven't done anything with it. They need to lead!! I understand the Presidents attempt to engage the other side but it is clear that this isn't working. It is time to lead Mr. President. Get us health care, out of debt, and jobs. I'm behind you sir!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  12. A. Davis, Sacramento, CA

    fizzle, fizzle, CRASH!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  13. Renee

    Jack, I see the fate of the Tea Party as such.. It will fracture and splinter then disintegrate the way all such movements have. The only true and lasting change will come when the middle class wakes up and sees that they have been used as a buffer so the Rich don't have to deal with the poor and that they are being given just enough to let them feel superior to the poor but not enough that they would threaten the power of the rich. Real change will happen when the poor whites realize they are being pitted against the poor African-American, Hispanic, Native American and the whole of the middle class. This system was set up from the beginning of our nation to insure the wealthiest stay that way. The middle class grows and shrinks in waves as do the ranks of poor. Only when there is a popular uprising will anything really change. The Tea Party is simply another manipulation by the wealthy to divert attention and divide the majority of the nation. While the rich get richer on the backs of the poor suckers that fall for it everytime.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  14. Mary - Washington State

    Their future is all about making a lot of noise that has no substance. People are so angry at what they don't really even know. They just want to sound off and the Tea Party just happens to be it for now. I think it will fizzle out....perhaps a long slow death. Good riddens as far as I am concerned. I can't stand hearing just a bunch of grumps blasting off with no real solid facts.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  15. Gigi Oregon

    I seriously consider joining that movement till they placed the Republican Party rebels as the leaders of the movement. A republican by any other name is still a republican.
    America voted for change...they just forgot to tell Pres Obama the time period was next to short/none. I don't see salvation coming in the form of the Republican Party.
    Sarah Palin has proven if you put lipstick on the Republican Party it is still the Republican Party.
    An Independent Party to me means on the ballot...none of the above. Find me such a party and I will follow.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  16. Dchak, Colorado

    Jack, Tea Party Movement is being run by people whohave clear pathof what to do but they failed to how bad it would be during this November. By this, TPM is nothing but empty political basket.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  17. Joseph Kavanaugh

    The Tea-Party movement is just another way for some to exprees another way for the American public that it has had enough of business as usual. This will have an inpact of future political elections but the point is being made that a serious (sunstational) change is needed to correct a collision course with disaster. Flying a plane into an IRS building is just one trying to take matters into ones hands. There will be more headline news of others doing simuliar types of events to get the nations attention. If the government cannot get a handle on Americas demise then God help us all!

    Postal Joe,
    Rock Hill NY

    February 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

    I believe the tea party movement will disappear as soon as the USA become prosper again. This is the kind of behaviour people have when everything is going wrong. They will start complainning bout immigrants taking they jobs as well as government not doing enough to grat them with job.
    something I have learn is that in any country, people become nationalist as opposed to staying just patriotic.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
  19. Joseph Kavanaugh

    The Tea Party movement is a sound of distress to me... Get the life boats ready Jack, America is in a bit of trouble!

    Postal Joe,

    Rock Hill, NY

    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  20. David in San Diego

    I think it will damage the GOPhers a little and eventually fizzle out by being absorbed into that party. As I recall, most Republicant's who thought term limits were a good idea when campaigning became career politicians after being elected. Earmarks become "meeting the needs of my district." Outsiders lose steam once they use their outrage to get inside.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  21. Sue From Idaho

    I hope they last a long time with Palin as their leader. The hits just keep on coming with these kooks, let the good times roll. Just think how much they stimulate the economy with their presence.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  22. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    sorry, nobody knows because we do not have a crystal ball to see in the future!:) Take care and have a nice cup of tea!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  23. david ( seattle)

    a true 3rd party that solves our local problems caused by subsidies for the energy consumption malfunction and the trade war the u.s. is subjected to while our some of our senate and house of reps accomodate off shore .

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  24. Joseph Kavanaugh

    It dosent take a scientist to figure out that our way of doing business is in turmoil. Mr Stack isjust an example of someone who has had enough (like the rest of us) and took a reasoning into his own hands to convey to the rest of America that he was willing to give his own life to make a point. I too am fed up but not to the point of giving my life. The Tea party is another polical way to tell Americans we have had enough and that change isn't inevitable but demanded now!

    Postal Joe

    Rock Hill, NY

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  25. Mari, Utah

    Two possible scenarios, Jack:

    1. They lost steam, after all 600 people attending a convention is hardly a "movement".

    2. They gain strength and completely take over the Republican party!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  26. Peter D

    It would be quite wonderful if these people would do something like help out at a food bank (as my wife and I do) once a week instead of wanting something for themselves. I guess helping others would be considered "Socialism". On that note I wonder how many of the tea people" are going to refuse medicare and not cash that social security check?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  27. Eric

    This is just the next big "fad" sweeping the country. Just like a fad diet, this will explode with popularity and be quickly discouraged and opposed either out of fear or misunderstandings by countrymen and politicians alike. if Sarah Palin is already telling them to divide and choose sides, she might as well tell them to disband. The "fad" phenomenon is already taking effect.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  28. Blobert

    With Sarah Palin as their unofficial leader, the future looks bright for the Sarah Palin look-alike industry.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  29. James Bruce in Chicago land

    If they think Palin is the answer then they will be very short lived. She used the "R" word Revolution to the tea party. I hope today was not the start of what she asked for! She is a butter knife far far from the sharpest knife in the draw.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  30. A.B.

    The Tea Party Movement has no future. This movement is an extremist reaction to the election of Barack Obama and his administration. The Republicans are trying to exploit this reaction, but will not get much political mileage out of this effort. Once the Obama Administration delivers economic revitalization and healthcare reform, this movement will lose momentum and expire. The leaders and organizers of this movement have no viable alternative solution to the country's problems and this fact will eventually become evident to the American public.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  31. Me

    Tea Party is what?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  32. robert myers

    Unless the "tea party" can become more than a lound speaker of tired old conservartive shouts for lower taxes, etc, it will crash and burn like other tired and old ideas. We need new ideas, not just another old song and dance.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  33. jill rose

    The Tea Partiers will morph into the Republican Party, as Sarah Palin wishes, with it becoming the "Teapublican Party." However, half of them will lose interest as they find themselves having little real power within that organization.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  34. Linda in Arizona

    I hope they split the republican party, but they're all so rabidly conservative anyway, who would know? People tiring of palin? Maybe it's the SCREECH.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  35. Grant Codak

    I believe in the Tea Party movement, however the movement lead by Sarah Palin seems to be a Republican ploy to capitalize on the efforts lead by Sen. Ron Paul. The Republicans know a fracture has formed and this "Tea Party" seems to be the way to unify the party again. It's just like a re-branding strategy for a corporate identity after a tremendous loss of faith in the organization. I am much less likely to join the movement as long as a leader like Sarah Palin is spitting out meaningless propaganda driving scared people to side with her party. As long as we have a two party system, there will always only be one party in my opinion.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  36. Jim

    The Tea party is a joke. These people think the only way anything can be achieved is their way. These are the folks that could care less if 3/4 of the country lived in poverty just as long as they are doing fine because then that means they will have more servants to work for them.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  37. Blobert

    With Sarah Palin as their unofficial leader, the future looks bright for Todd Palin.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  38. Hakan Hellstrand

    This could be a good and healthy development for the American political and party system. Hopefully and realistically a spit will also happen within the Democratic Party with the most left wing spinning off. I think this is all very good and a necessary development. No nation can be properly represented in a two party system. Is 4 enough?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  39. Dana Clark

    I see the future of the Tea Party movement settling to the bottom of the harbor if they affiliate with a political party, and if they continue to let Ms. Palin act as their self appointed leader. The tea party people I know have complaints with government leadership and representation on both sides and seem to represent moderation and common sense. I thought I could be one of them and was really hopeful they would become a force to be reckoned with. But when they let Palin in, they lost a lot of credibility in my book.

    PS – I am a moderate, registered republican.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  40. Joe in Tennessee


    If the Tea Party is conned into joining with either the Republican or Democratic Party it will be swallowed whole and disappear. That is exactly what pols like Palin want to happen.

    The people are a threat to the status quo and Republican or Democrat, the status quo is what they want. The best thing the Tea Party Movement could do is either form a third party or better yet, join up with the Libertarians and do everything in their power to throw the bums out!

    To join either of these parties would be the death of the Tea Party movement and the silencing of the voice of the people that has finally begun to be heard.

    We must stand up and let our voices be heard even if it means we take a step backward for the short term. Our children and our grand children are the ones who will suffer if we let the status quo win.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  41. Tom Buyatte

    The future of the teabaggers; seems quite obvious after today's events, more tea bag terrorist attacks on government buildings

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  42. Curtis in Wichita

    The great thing about the Tea Party movement is that there is no single leader. This allows the various groups to enjoy a measure of autonomy and to focus on issues important to their community and support policies they believe will strengthen the nation .

    I'm not sure what the future of the Tea Party movement is, but the legacy of the movement will be that Americans don't have to stand by and let their liberties be taken from them by a government with an nsatiable appetitie for power.

    Wichita, KS.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  43. Eric

    Hopefully the Tea Party will wake up the GOP leadership to the fact that they are out of touch and the party needs to "modernize" their ideas if they don't want to continue to lose influence in national politics. Unfortunately that is probably not going to happen and either the GOP will gobble them up or they will only steal votes from the GOP.
    Palin appears to be on a path to inadvertently destroy the Tea Party, the GOP or both! If the GOP embraces embarrassing excuse for a VP candidate any further I will leave the party and become an independent.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  44. Milo

    I see the future of the Tea Party movement alongside Ross Perot. Remember this guy? A funny one, short with a big nose...
    Milo, Brooklyn, NY

    February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  45. bill nickels

    i think they will effect policy for a time. this is less a movement than a group of people who are quick to jump on sound bites and slogan. they watch tv and are relatively uninformed. They tend to be one sentence deep. the kid who had a microphone and respectfully asked questions at a Palin rally and recieved really poor responces. I fyou say government is bad teagbaggers say Hey, if you say we need decent values in our country we have lost the values of our fathers, you hear a gathering roar, if you say we need lower taxes...in htis vain tom brokaw is a teabagger. the greatest generation...every generation is great really, even some of the greatest generation were honest enough to say that people today are great. i will stand up to any person and say i am as good if not better than anyone born before 1940. Anyone. This type of intelect tends to be so thin as to be a vapor and dissapear in a warm breeze. But not before they reek havoc.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  46. Shawn in Oregon

    The future of the Tea Party movement is a transformed Republican Party.

    The Tea Party started with Ron Paul, and that was his goal: to revert the Republicans back to their conservative roots – liberty, following the Constitution, fiscal conservatism, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

    The GOP has strayed so far from their principles that they are no better than the Democrats. That's why it was necessary for a third group to emerge. If you keep going down the wrong road, which the GOP have been, people are going to bail out.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  47. Kole Krebehenne

    All the vitriol of the dejected white supremacists is being focused into a faux-party. These people are all mainly semi-educated whites who think Glenn Beck is level headed and informed. You had to know there would be backlash and anger at the election of the first Black President. They wouldn't have said a thing about the Federal Gov't if McCain would have won. They are the lunatic fringe.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  48. BigD GottaGoTell It, Minnesota

    The Tea Party Movement is So POWERFUL Like Green Tea that it Dictates to Every State Either Across, Out & Incontinence. I Do See a "REALITY SHOW" in the Works + Coming Down the Pipe, Flushed With Total Exuberance + Enthusiasm for This Important Matter! America, It's Time to Wipe Away Any Unwanted, Unneeded Residual Residue!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  49. Andie Marshall

    The Tea Party movement is comprised of Republicans who are so embarrassed by the deficit spending and bank bailout of the Bush administration that they no longer want to be called Republicans. Since you can't run away from your past, their movement will fizzle out as do all such vain attempts at youthful folly...If only they had bought red GM or Ford sports cars instead.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  50. DIN

    I fit the profile, college educated, male, and live in rural Texas. I feel that the tea parties give us a chance to voice our opinion beyond the office of our elected officials. My hope is that the rest of Washington gets the message! Additionally, based on the demographics of the participants, maybe the liberal leftist like rosie o, bill maher etc. will realize that we can think for ourselves and we do NOT agree with the tax and spend policies that we have seen from Washington.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  51. Jeremiah

    Jack, the future of the Tea Party movement holds the same fate as the future of Sarah Palin. Many people tune in to be entertained, to see what little dust she can stir up. Seeing this so-called "Tea Party" join the republicans as Sarah Palin suggests, would undoubtedly make them as laughable as she is when it comes to intelligence, pure knowledge and the actual ability to lead this country.

    – Jeremiah, New Hampshire

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  52. Phil from Indiana

    What movement, Jack? If a couple thousand mad white Anglo Saxon Protestants constitute a movement then Sarah Palin is qualified to be President. Anyone with a brain knows that isn't true. How do these people propose to lower the debt by cutting taxes by the way? Education doesn't seem to be a strong trait in the Tea Partiers, does it? This faux populism will fade out within a few more news cycles. We won't have to cringe at the mispelled signs or mindless shouting and arguing much longer.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  53. Peg OShia

    We are facing an economic war in this country. We will have to cut entitlements and raise taxes in order to reduce deficits. No one has the stomach to face this. We are setting up enemy camps to fight this war. The tea party is gearing up for this war, and protect reduction in taxes. . Its all about the "Money"

    February 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  54. Buddy

    The Tea Party folks are Toast! They appear to be people with money and the more they have the more they will have more 'fun' things to do on election day. Do not underestimate the unemployed middle class, we have not forgotten who created this mess, you can't blame 8 years of mess on 1 year of honest clean up efforts by President Obama. To put it in a nutshell: they are heavily outnumbered and I will give my last dime and sell everything I own to prevent another dummy like W from making it to the White House or Congress!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  55. Amarissa

    Jack, there was a crowd of 5,000 in the Verizon Arena, and that is darn good for someone who is not running for anything right now. How many people do you think would attend a conference given by you?
    Miami, Florida

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  56. Greg Carlson

    To me they look just like the desperate republican party members. They seem to have gotten the message that things need to be approached differently but as republicans they can't take on the the democrats message, that would be an embarrassing change of direction for the republicans. So a tea party is in order, and I say "ONE LUMP OR TWO". It doesn't matter.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  57. Barry P

    Jack, the Tea partyers must now fade away since the conservatives infiltrated it and turned it from a grassroots movement into a political agenda.
    Clara --greentown, IN

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  58. Mary B

    The Tea Party participants and supporters are the embodiement "of by the people, for the people and by the people" come to life. We need to let people work and save or spend their money, not be taxed out of it so the elected government can redistribute it.

    Our government has become like a piece of bad meat, the more you chew it the bigger it gets and working people are just supporting it.

    The Tea Party is a cry for help and you know help comes to those who help themselves.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  59. Alan F Kane

    We, the people of the United States of America have lost our trust of Congress. When we exercise our right to vote for those we feel will truly represent our wishes the political parties override our rights by seeking to enforce partisanship driven voting outcomes. All politics during election campaigns serve to inform and develop important opinions regarding serious matters before congress and should continue unabated
    But then, when the rubber hits the road, the honorable members of congress should feel free to vote their conscience instead of being pressured to vote for the partisanship of party politics. The public trust of congress can be restored by the simple matter of giving the members of congress the same right given to all Americans, a secret vote!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  60. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    The Tea Party is nothing but a bunch of monkeys who think tax breaks are the answer to everything. Their future is to insure a second term for Obama. However, they could be a precursor to something bigger. Americans are tired of elephants and asses. What we need, is to get rid of political parties altogether. They are not part of our Constitution. We need an independent candidate with no party ties and no loyalty to party ideology. This will not require a third party. All we need is an independent candidate, who will run on the platform of calling a Second Constitutional Convention. Returning to the basics is the answer for America.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  61. donritchie

    I think they are going to see the error in their ways and reshape their movement to push for universal health care and federal gay marriage.

    Don in Louisiana

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  62. mike

    jack, come next election, you'llsee how significient the tea party is. it will be the biggest upset of incumbents in history

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  63. Gregory of Baltimore

    It started out in a ball of fire and it's going down in a puff of smoke. They offer no real solutions to complex problems. All they do is criticize and complain conjuring such whacky insane beliefs such as President Obama is a Kenyan foreign agent, a socialist communist and not really an america citizen. Finally, rational thinking persons see the "Tea Baggers movement for what it is, a joke!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  64. Paul

    What's unfortunate for this Tea Party movement is that this country, for the most part, has been a two party system. Do you see the GOP giving any money to a Tea Party candidate? No, eventually the Tea Party will have to be absorbed by the Republicans or inevitably perish through their own divisiveness.

    It would be refreshing if they became socially liberal and fiscally conservative much like the Libertarians tried to project themselves, but when you think about the Tea Party now it's mostly a circus attraction that no one really wants to be associated with.

    The Tea Party, much like Sarah Palin, is a political liability for the the Republican party.

    Irvine, CA

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  65. Lucas Thompson, Arizona

    Future of the Tea Party movement? I think we saw it this morning in Texas.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  66. Uche Nwakudu, Chicago

    The Tea Party movement has no future just like it has no past. Where was the movement when Dick Cheney and George Bush and their cohorts were doing everything they could to damage America? The tea party movement is just a right wing fringe movement comprised mostly of racists and bigots who cannot stand the fact that a black man is our president. Think of the people who wailed uncontrollably at McCain's concession speech and add to that the people who shamelessly hauled hateful and vitriolic attacks at Obama during the campaigns and you got yourself the Tea Party Movement. The movement will come to a screeching halt when a white man becomes president again.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  67. Thaddeus

    I would love to see the tea party on the ballot someday. they've really shaken things up in mainstream politics. forget Obama, these guys are the ones who will bring change!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  68. Josh B from Ohio

    They will join/vote with the Republican Party. It's painfully evident that those Tea Party complainers voted for McCain/Palin. Their speakers have been for the most part Republican politicians or Conservative Activists. This is just the new look for the GOP, which isn't too different from the current.

    Same old ideas, just dressed up to sound important.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  69. Lori Flahart

    Gee whiz Jack:
    As long as you (the media) keeps covering the t-baggers they will always
    be among us carrying their guns, and their signs of hatred.
    I say shut the media down and there fore go the t-baggers..

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  70. James, Baton Rouge, LA

    Piper Cubs flying into government buildings. Glen Beck is already trying to deflect the political statement this terrorist was attempting to make. (See Postal Joe in comment above).

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  71. Jim

    The Tea party is a joke. These people think the only way anything can be achieved is their way. These are the folks that could care less if 3/4 of the country lived in poverty just as long as they are doing fine because then that means they will have more servants to work for them.


    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  72. Layne Alleman

    Jack, At the numbers you quoted, they could easily pressure the top Republican leaders into changing the party agenda to reflect their "ideals"(whatever those are). If I recall, however, the Christian Right did the same thing nine years ago, and all that did was put the party in disarray, and a village idiot in the White House(and didn't that work well for the rest of us,did it?). Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  73. Bill from Philly

    Looking ahead to November of 2010 and 2012, the Tea Party will continue to be mocked by the mainstream media - and will be the most potent force in shaping the outcome of the elections.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  74. prasanna goonewardena.,new york

    I think the tea party movement should be stopped. What is wrong with Democrats creating government jobs to keep the economy going. The Republicans idea that making abortion illegal is wrong. It is not the governments job to tell people what to do. This certainly not smaller government. People should decide what to do with their body.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  75. David DesRoches

    The tea party movement has wings, and if they can include certain liberal social values, like reproductive rights, with their conservative fiscal stance they have a chance of stealing votes from both parties and establishing a viable third-party which is one small thing to help a government in need of much overhaul.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  76. Remo

    Sarah Palin identified the problem with our nation’s politics correctly. Too many people feel that there is an established "side" to pick from, as if it were at some Friday night rivalry football game. If everyone voted for their representatives according to their beliefs not according to an established side, all the representatives would be forced to work together and put an end to patrician bickering. I don’t support the Tea Parties politics but I do support them for building support for a multi party system. Our country is founded on diversity of ideals and beliefs; it’s not based on a popularity contest. Well, it should be. ..

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  77. gordon scott

    I find it very interesting, how you and so many people really don't understand what the tea party stands for. Right now they are trying to find out how they can best let both the Dems and the GOP understand that they have completely ruined this country. The Democrats are afraid of them because they know that they are in trouble with a lot of the voters. Yes, Jack people can make fun of them but they need to listen to them. We are only trying to make America strong again.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  78. Lucas Thompson, Arizona

    I hope Homeland Security is on to the new Terrorists...you know, the one who call Sarah Palin their Ayatollah?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  79. Colleen Brooks, Charlotte, NC

    I like it!! big time.... let them fragment that party into little tiny pieces.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  80. Trevor

    The tea party will become a third party. They will eventually realize that they're being co-opted by the republicans for political gain. A pure ideological party like the tea party must splinter from the Republicans and Democrats so government can return to governing by principle.

    Trevor, Lodi CA

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  81. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Hey Jack,
    Coffee, Tea or me....The ME is starting to stand out in America. The citizens of AMERICA , are Truly, Truly fed up...Stand by for more dispicable acts as our beloved country falls due to business as usual tactics.. God Bless us all.

    Postal Joe

    Rock Hill , NY

    February 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  82. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Were you to read the rant made by the man that crashed his plane into the Austin, TX IRS office, you would see the future of the tea party movement. A man, like Howard Beal in the movie 'Network', was mad as hell and was not going to take it any more. Have another look at that movie, Jack. It's frighteningly prophetic.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm |

    Hi Jack
    If the tea part movement are true constitutionalists. They would then speak to uphold article six of the constitution concerning the treaty of fort Laramie,1868. If not . They would just prove to be self serving to how they view the constitution.

    I am your humble servant.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  84. Ken

    Jack, look over the horizon, because here comes the Coffee Party Movement. Finally, Grassroots with a Mensa (high intellect) mentality that will insist intelligent dialogue take place instead of yelling over each other or insisting we have to be a certain religion.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  85. Jaclyn

    If you look at history, a lot of parties are like marriages - they start out strong, but then fizzle out. When people calm down/stop caring or things improve visibly, it dies or gets absorbed into another party.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  86. Dave from MN

    It looks like there starting there movement by driving there planes into gov.buildings. The FBI should check if he was at the convention.His defence could be palin made me do it.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  87. Emily

    If they were truly out there protesting because of government They might last awhile. I've seen the signs at the rallys and I've heard their speeches. It is more than obvious what their really protesting. Look around where are the people of color? You won't see them. If it was about the economy and jobs they would have been doing this when the Bush administration was getting us into the mess we find ourselves in now!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  88. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Hey Jack,

    Do you like coffee or tea? I am betting you are a coffee drinker....Sometimes we have to change old habits to help others instead of what we were used too..... Think about it... : – Postal Joe

    Postal Joe

    Rock Hill

    New York.... or New Tea..

    February 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  89. Virginia (california)

    Well with a little luck they will fade away into oblivion. They are full of hate for this president, because they perceive him to be, "not one of us, not a true american". I have seen nothing but racist signs and racist remark from these teabaggers. I think they should be renamed as, "The Dumbing Down of America". Those with common sense need not apply. Shame on those teabaggers!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  90. Wayne Reeves

    As people grasp at straws, the Tea Party Movement will gain momentum. There are , as usual, unsavory people involved, not Honest as to some. This movement will be used by some in an attempt at attack against the United States and should be watched. Not all of the people are of this, as to cause problems, but some will be. As always, National Security is a must. Many are Honest People, disgruntled and not satisfied with the present Administration. They cannot distinguish between the good and the bad aspects of those in Government. This is what I see for now as to this subject. I do not like Sarah Palin, something there is not right but I do not see what as yet.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  91. Chris reinhert

    I think that the general public will eventually see the Tea Party movement for what it really is: a sham and a GOP attempt to capitalize on frustration with the state of our economy. People were very down on Republicans by the end of the Bush years, so the GOP had to come up with a new strategy to get people to listen to them. With the help of conservatives in the media, Republicans got a fake grassroots movements off the ground. Since people were losing interest in what the GOP had to say, it’s trying to trick people into adopting GOP values by making them think that they’re agreeing with the values of the common man. The GOP has falsely led people to believe that they’ve aligned with their fellow man against the government, when really they’ve aligned with the GOP against the Dems.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  92. Coffee drinker

    If the Tea Party movement is anything like the kool-aid movement in the late 70's..............hmmm...........WOW!!! Don't drink it!

    That is of course..............unless, you're their guest speaker. 😉

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  93. Zooni

    The Tea Party is astro turf for the republican party.

    Where we they when Bush was spying on us. Where were they when the GOP created the stimulas package. Where are they when the present GOPs are spending the stimulas money. Is being against spending and having the bridge to no where Sarah Pallin a contradiction. Do these guys actually have any values or are they fake values.

    The only way to challenge a populust movement that put Obama in power is to create a false populast movement.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  94. Charles .Dallas,TX.

    I encourage the the tea party activists to continue pushing and distance themselves from the republican party ...BRAVO !.It only makes the democrats happy as they enjoy the cup of tea from their advantage points.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  95. Gregory of Baltimore

    It started out in a ball of fire and its going down in a puff of smoke. They offer no real solutions to complex problems. All they do is criticize and complain conjuring such whacky, insane beliefs such as President Obama is a foreign Kenyan agent, a socialist communist, and not really an American citizen. Finally, rational thinking people see the "Tea Baggers" movement for what it really is, a joke!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  96. Uche Nwakudu, Chicago

    Once again, Democracy spurns a movement of overexcited bigots. The voice of the few who take to the street in rancid agitation and livid rage based on nothing has now been made to represent the voice of the many who sit silently at home giving change a chance to happen, knowing that a mess that took a decade to happen cannot be cleaned in a year. Jack, the Tea Party Movement does not represent American majority and 11% or 35% should not make the rest of us 88% or 65% fret. Their future according to their ill-informed whim is bleak.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  97. Randall Harvey

    Much to do about nothing. Loud complaining with no solutions. Makes no sense to claim everything will be fine if we don't pay taxes. The tea party has no future.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  98. Larry.in S.C.

    Jack, you never know how something like this will work out. with some good leadership and some good backing this might just turn outto be what the majority of Americanswant and that is simply to be represented in Washington. This could turn intoa dream come true..

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  99. Corey from Atlanta

    Jack, maybe it's just me, but considering the record number of filibusters in Congress (already), the birther movement, JOY from the right that Chicago did not win the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and skepticism (not praise) regarding our president winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the birth of a new political party chocked full of GOP countrymen was a foregone conclusion. I hope the future of this so -called "movement" has a shelf life similar to the others.......a couple of months and hopefully we'll be asking "What Tea Party?"

    February 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  100. William Courtland

    The tea party movement is Visable civil unrest...

    And parties are extremely unconstitutional in their current freedom and format to corrupt government.

    The future... It is lame now!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  101. Joseph Kavanaugh

    There are 26 letters in the alphabet. "T" is just another letter to form a word, sentence, phrase or solution to any situation. Tea Party just means a few have gathered to invent a way to change something... Might be worth looking at...

    Postal Joe

    Rock Hill, Ny

    February 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  102. Andrew Eden-Balfour; Regina, SK

    I have high doubts that the future will be succussful nor that they will actually make an impact. The Tea-partiers are just white male conservatives who don't want to be taxed because it will take money from they're rich lifestyle fund. Don't care about lowering the National Debt, nor helping the poorer people who can't even afford food nor a roof over they're heads, they're in it for the big Conservative bimbo elites and themselves.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  103. Charles .Dallas,TX.

    If the tea party movement ever capture momentum believe me a punch of democrats who feel they have been let down by their party will form "coffee party" movement just like the angered republicans

    February 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  104. james

    I think we will do the same thing we do with our used TeaBags after they Loose there flavor ( because really all the Tea Party is the FLAVOR of the day) Throw them in the Trash.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  105. Buddy

    You took the words wight out of my mouth Chris Reinhert!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  106. Blobert

    There's a party? WITH TEA???

    February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  107. James in Idaho

    I see them turning into a Weather underground, and their leaders turning otu to be the conservative versions of Bill Ayers.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm |