December 7th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
11 months ago

Tea Party movement threatened by internal rifts

Protesters march through Washington at a Tea Party Express rally on September 12.
Protesters march through Washington at a Tea Party Express rally on September 12.

Washington (CNN) – It emerged in anger and it threatens to split in anger.

One major group in the Tea Party movement - named after the famous Boston Tea Party - is set to host its first convention in February, with former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its keynote speaker.

But there are fractures in the movement that threaten its future. And if history's any guide, such movements tend to flame out.

The Tea Party movement erupted on April 15 - tax day - over criticism of President Obama's economic policies and what organizers called big government out of control. The movement, made up of local, state and national groups, continues to protest what it considers fiscally unsound policies.

And the movement is well funded. Action groups like FreedomWorks - chaired by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - helped organize and fund its April 15 rally in Washington.

Other groups, including Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Patriots, are also vying for the helm of the movement, and it's creating what some are calling "competitive chaos."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Doesn't this sound like the various Taliban tribes & Iraqi ethnic groups? When these folks exercise their rights to bear arms, it'd be fun watching fireworks from afar! :)

    CNN, please make sure you provide good coverage with different camera angles at next year 's rally!

    December 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Dean

    Hey I have an Idea lets take all these groups put them in the same room throw them some red meat & tell them to fight it out. With all the guns they bring to the rallies they may just solve the problem on their own.

    December 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. chubby

    There is no real rift because there is room for everyone to come on board which thousands are doing every day. You have a few people who want the limelight but we all have the same agenda. Get rid of nobama and the tax and spend demorats plus any Republicans who vote with the liberal demorats.

    December 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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