Tea Party 2.0: Upgraded for 2012
April 27th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Tea Party 2.0: Upgraded for 2012

Washington (CNN) - While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.

"After the 2010 elections, what was interesting, we moved to what I call Tea Party 2.0," said Clyde Fabretti, a conservative activist affiliated with tea party groups in Florida such as the West Orlando Tea Party and the Central Florida Tea Party Council. "2.0 allows for ... our ability to accomplish legislative initiatives, supporting various tea party candidates that adhere to the principles and values. And we have been hugely active."


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Are all baggers stupid? Of course they are. Baggers values closely coincide with Taliban ideals.

    April 27, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The funny pin, is "What Would Ronnie Do?" He would have told the baggers they are idiots and that they should go back to their underground militias.

    April 27, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Wait a minute! All the libtards in here said the Tea Party was gone, over, didn't exist anymore. Guees that was just wishful thinking. Hmmm... Could they be back to finish the job they started in 2010? Of course they are. Start packing your bags Democrats. The insane spending party is almost over.

    April 27, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Take our country back? Baggers want to return to those glorious pre civil war days.

    April 27, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Tony

    There will be a Tea Party 3.0 after the November election, when Tea Partiers will blame Romney's loss on Romney not being a real conservative. They will demand a real Tea Party conservative, one who will finish off the Republican Party permanently.

    April 27, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    What would Ronnie do? Whatever the Koch brothers and the rest of them paid him to do...just like the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls....just tlike he did 30 years ago. Then he'd have a good laugh at how gullible we were to believe the trickle-down fairy tale, take his Namenda and crap his pants.

    April 27, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Join or die? Is that a threat?

    April 27, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    Give me a break this extremist group is not as powerful nor influential as the media is making them out to be.

    April 27, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Ted Nugent fires up tea party supporters !

    A Tea Party rally was held in Beverly Hills , with Pat Boone serving as the master of ceremonies.

    Conservative singer-songwriter Kid Rock stopped in to protest with the Tea Party at the Waffle House.

    Tweet of the day from Tagg Romney....

    How cool is that !

    April 27, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    Start packing your bags Democrats. The insane spending party is almost over.


    Are you implying that, in the unlikely event the rethugs manage to be the majority ANYWHERE in November that they'll pull the costs of those two wars back off the books? Because that's where the insane spending is happening. The previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his compliant house/senate conveniently forgot to include those on the books year after year. He'd just go to them with hat in hand every few months requesting more $$$ to toss toward Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) and they'd just sign the checks.

    April 27, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Wait a minute! All the libtards in here said the Tea Party was gone, over, didn't exist anymore"

    Nobody said that. It shoudl be noted that your reliance on straw men is very appropriate since none of you have a brain.

    April 27, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. PJ/TX

    I didn't know the tea party had "principles and values".

    April 27, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. AL-NY,NY

    Ronnie would be a RINO in today's "purity" party so why they still cling to his name is just sheer stupidity.......DUH

    The T-B buffoons will still try to make themselves relevant while all the while alienating anyone without their obedience chip implanted in their head

    April 27, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. gg

    reagans friends are still laugthing over the trickle down thing

    April 27, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Ronald stands for trickle down nonsense which practically broke USA. Vote all tea thugs and GOP idiots out in nov. Show them home path...obama12.

    April 27, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Romney is not My Hero

    After November, the Democrats will have buttons, bumper stickers and pins with Boehner crying, Rom-bot trying to pull out his plastic hair and his wife giving him the boot.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 27, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    We don't NEED to take our country back - we NEED to take it forward with President Barack Obama.

    And vote those silly baggers out in 2012. What a waste of money. They don't know anything about anything except obstructing our future.

    April 27, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. michaelam

    What would Ronnie do?
    Well, nothing because he would not be "conservative" enough for the American Taliban/Tea Party.


    April 27, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    ...Then he'd have a good laugh at how gullible we were to believe the trickle-down fairy tale...
    For the 3 years after the Bush Tax Cuts went into effect, federal revenues increased $785 billion and 8 million new jobs were created. As well, the wealthy paid more taxes than any time in the previous 40 years. We could use a little trickle like that about now.

    Romney 2012

    April 27, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    It's fitting that the TP trash has placed "Worst President Ever" besides Reagan. For once, they told the truth.

    Now on to getting the best president ever voted in again and the TP trash out.

    April 27, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. really?

    What would Ronnie do? REALLY? I don't even think Ronald Reagan could have won this recent primary! Look at what happened to Huntsman, moderates don't stand a chance in the republican party

    April 27, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. MWM

    Is the tea party "flip-flopping"?

    April 27, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. jg

    what would ronnie do? probably raise taxes, like he did 6 times in his 8 year administration.

    April 27, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Annie

    Why the Liberal media is not reporting about the $500.000 that Mrs Obama spent on a vacation trip to Spain, taking all her extended family, stores being closed for security evn imposing to the Spanish Royal family that were on vacation.
    Read Daily Mail from the UK to know what goes on in the US that is not reported.

    April 27, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Mindie in Indie

    Certainly none of these are going to do it –

    Uncle Ronnie was a traitor to the country with the Iran Contra and bringing meth into the USA (btw raising taxes many times too)

    Join or Die is dead out of the gate

    Worst President Ever certainly doesn't decribe Obama – more like shrubbydick

    Take our COutnry back to what? Jim Crow days? When women couldn't vote? When people died from drinking dirty water?

    Good grief the GOP Teabaggers just do not "Get It" and never will.

    Good thing Obama gets it. Best President Ever (well in my lifetime anyway)!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 27, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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