September 26th, 2010
04:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party: return to basics or divisive force on right?

Washington (CNN) - Depending on who was talking Sunday, the Tea Party movement is either an extremist force dividing Republicans or a group of disgruntled taxpayers setting the government on a proper course.

The conservative political force has shaken up this year's congressional elections, backing candidates who defeated Republican incumbents and other mainstream GOP candidates in primaries across the country.

Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express - the most organized and visible of the movement's factions - told the CBS program "Face the Nation" that his group is a political action committee comprising members limited to donations of up to $5,000 with no corporate contributions allowed.


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  1. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea party is a gift for democrats

    September 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    By basics do you mean taking the country back to the 50s or early 60s or even 1860s? Yes, that would be really basic.
    The teabaggers are still mad that their boy mcnasty and the half term governor didn't win and there is a black man in the White House beating them up every time he gets because they are too stupid to recognize that SS and Medicate and national parks and the roads on which they drive the RVs are all from BIG government. Never mind that they can't make up their minds as to when BIG government should get involved or not. One day/situation is get in here. The next day it's get out.

    September 26, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. dwight huth

    What basics are the Tea Party talking about? What it sounds like to me is that the Tea Party is trying to like looperual lifestyle which means when they think that they have learned everything that it is time to forget everything that was learned and begin again re-learning the same things that they had just forgotten.

    The Tea Party would be a huge army against Iran however that if they put their muscle together they could force Iran to bring the walls around her citizens down thus freeing Iran like Iraq was freed. When Iran is freed and people look to the movement that spurred Iran to become Democratic then all would stand up in salute to the Tea Party. Who else knows more about starting a Revolution than the Tea Party? I think it is time for Iran to have it's own Dumping of the Tea into the Bay event.

    September 26, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    How about a Divisive Basic??? That eliminates 'everyone' who was forced to come here – everyone who is NOW illegal – Muslims who want to build Mosque/Community Centers, etc.

    "We're the purest form of democracy..." Russo states. Yes, they also bleach flour so it's WHITE; sugar until it's WHITE; rice until it's WHITE; grits until it's WHITE and to them, PURE means WHITE – back to BASICS – Divisive BASICS!!!

    It does not matter where their BASICS are because in the end, it was discovered Brown Rice is better for you, unbleached flour is better for you; brown sugar is better for you; whole wheat bread (brown) is better for you, grits in its natural state is yellow so all in all, BASICS in this day and age is NOT GOOD!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    September 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Scott

    There is no such thing as the Tea Party outside the political insider propaganda machine.

    These people are simply right-wing Republicans who are anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-choice, pro death penalty christian fundamentalist.

    How you 'journalist' were ever taken in by the scam is an open question.

    Mr. Cohen,

    It seems you are a coward. My email address is available to you, why not make your name and email link so that people can directly respond?

    answer: You are a coward.

    As far as we know, you are posting under a pseudonym. Grow some, son.

    September 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. The GOP keeps finding new lows

    The Tea Party is an extremist group of nutjobs and one-brain-celled morons who are completely clueless. They're the best thing to happen for the Democrats because the people voting for the GOP and the Tea Party will be the evil people and the wingnuts.

    September 26, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Return to the basics. The GOP is stuck in a time warp, and the Dems have no clue whatsoever.

    September 26, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. John J. Puccio

    The country's Tea Parties are tools of multibillionaires who are funding and manipulating them for their own ends: Lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans, fewer regulations on businesses that pollute and steal, etc. It's a sad day for the whole country when these Tea Party puppet extremists wield such influence over the scared and the angry.

    September 26, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. nintex

    Sarah Palin has personally done more to get me off my apathetic liberal backside than anyone else in recent history. I am now working hard for the local Democratic party, hoping to insure that the conservatives and tea party do not get anywhere near a state house or congress this fall. I guess some good has come from her nastiness and hate-filled rhetoric – I just hope she has the same effect on others like me.

    September 26, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. max

    Bunch of crazy old farts with funny headwear

    September 26, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. peaslvr

    I believe the tea party is a divisive force on the right.

    September 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Coherent1

    A gift that keeps on giving. I don't know who they'll convince to vote for them other than diehard Repubs and Tea people. Divided they fall. Ijs

    September 26, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Mis-informed. Mal-adjusted. Mal-content. Biggots, racist, and basically thugs dressed in patriots clothes. The people within this group keep saying they want to take the country back. Back to what? Where did the country go? Did we (the people), speak during the last election? Has the constitution of our nation become the crying towel of those who believe they have the right to use it as such? Can not wait til election day. I hope these so called patriots have more to cry about, after the polls close.

    September 26, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. guest123

    C: Purposely and proudly uninformed wackos.

    What do I win?

    September 26, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |