Big meeting on Thursday, mainly because…Jim Wolner will be back, he told me! Also, we’re going to discuss our Tea-tastic future in light of Tuesday’s election results.
A lot of people think the Tea Parties (plural — dozens of groups use the moniker) will shape our politics for years to come. I suspect this is overblown. Either way, Thursday should be a great opportunity to explore the big questions about Tea.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TEA PARTIES:
- Who are these people and what do they want?
- Are the Tea Parties really new, or, as some have suggested, are they just the same old Right Wing movement in new clothes?
- What is the Tea Parties’ future? Will the movement be absorbed quickly into the GOP, or will it retain some independence and thus influence in its own right?
SURVEYS of Tea Party members
- April 2010 by the NYT
- September 2010 from a religion research think tank
- October 2010 from the Washington Post.
ANALYSES OF TEA PARTYMOVEMENT AND ITS FUTURE
- The two articles I already linked to. See my follow-up post on the CA propositions, below. Must reads.
- The rise — and historical roots — of the Tea Parties. A must read.
- What really drives them? Another must read.
- Are they libertarians or Christian conservatives?
- The central role of Glenn Beck (fun article from The New Yorker)
- Is their fate to be absorbed quickly and quietly into the GOP?
- Are they long-term death knell of the GOP?
I could lecture on this topic for an hour without a pause, but this group is more knowledgeable than it used to be, so I’ll keep my intro fairly short. I’ll stop after 15 minutes of outlining the main issues and giving a little historical and political pespective.