Reid: Tea Party will end
January 7th, 2011
08:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Reid: Tea Party will end

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is predicting the demise of the Tea Party movement.

"The Tea Party was born because of the economy," Reid said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" set to air Sunday. "The economy is probably the worst it's ever been except for maybe the great depression. The Tea Party will disappear as soon as the economy gets better and the economy's getting better all the time."

The Nevada Democrat narrowly won reelection in November against Sharron Angle, a Tea Party-backed Republican candidate.

Filed under: Harry Reid • Tea Party movement
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. anp2j

    The tea party was not born b/c of the economy, they were born b/c racists cud not handle a black man being president. It will end whn a white man is n the presidential position again.

    January 7, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Grand Obstructionist

    Tea Party? That's just a portion of the Rethug party, we all know that. How else would one explain them being so up in arms all the while GWB ran up the tab at an alarming rate with no, none, zero reistance from those fiscally conservative tea baggers.

    January 7, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. texdem69

    I had planned on swimming but I will defer that in case Sarah tweets... I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!

    January 7, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Ric

    Reid is right. It's a passing fad, like bell bottoms and polyester leisure suits. Tea parties are for little girls and this parties over.

    January 7, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. peefartyhatriots

    The tea party will demise as soon as there is not a black president.

    January 7, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Layla

    Are you serious? The Tea Party nearly took you out, Harry. The Tea Party is responsible for the largest defeat of the Democrat party on over 40 years.

    You ain't seen nothing yet!

    January 7, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Brendatexas

    How about doing the business at hand in Washington instead and stop with the politics. Harry won by the skin of his teeth because there are still a lot of left wing nuts out there. He's still an idiot.

    January 7, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. more lies from HUSSENI obama

    you really dont know us to well, reid look over your shoulder, we are coming for you, haha, dont sleep, dont close your eyes, because if you do, we will be there, we are in your dreams, we are in your mind, we are your nightmare, beware of us, We The People are coming for you and the only demise will be you and your political ways, bewarer we are coming and we can see you, haha, we are coming for you, time is close, 2012 will be your end....

    January 7, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. bobby

    The only way the tea party will still be around is if they hold the GOP accountable for failing to instantly revive the economy and create millions of jobs. The tea party will die off for sure.

    January 7, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Robert

    I am a Democrat and I have to disagree with Senator Reid. The Tea Party was borne out of HATRED FOR THE PRESIDENT because of his ethnicity! How else does one explain the absurdity that within a month of Obama taking office, the lunatics crawled out of the woodwork and formed a so-called "Tea Party" pledging to "take back their country" (from who?), while the insane "birthers" movement used the most absurd lies to paint our President as somehow "illegitimate". Did any of this occur when Clinton took office, or when Bush took office? No, it didn't. The Tea Party hates the President. So long as Obama is the President, the "Tea Party" will persist. Actually, the name of their movement (an absolute abomination of the actual thing) speaks for itself. The original Tea Party was about Taxation WITHOUT Representation. The current "Tea Party" have representation. They used their representation, and they lost. It is time that these racist rednecks and hillbillies went home and dealt with their own personal issues!

    January 7, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Harry Shl0ng

    I guess bad news is good news when you're still not getting it. The unemployment rate is down because 260,000 people dropped off the roles, even though 105,000 jobs were created. The real unemployment rate is probably 15% and unless we have a serious federal investment in infrastructure, education, technology, and energy we're not getting anywhere. The Republicans ought to be even more ashamed of themselves, trying to take away people's health care first thing. How many jobs is that going to create? The answer is 0, in fact it will cost jobs, and more money added to the debt/deficit. When will people finally get serious? When will the United States of Reality TV go away? I don't 'like' it.

    January 7, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. dalkng

    What an arrogant SOB... I hope his career ends and soon.

    January 7, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Albo58

    Keep tllingref that, Harry! In an age of mass communications, thieving politicians will only grow the Tea Party. Don't turn out the light because this party just got started!

    January 7, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. D

    Hello......I think he needs to make predictions on his state's unemployment rate. How many more jobs will he help his state lose now that he is voted back in office? Will it be 20% or higher?? He is full of great ideas....full of it.

    January 7, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. MAC

    The Tea Party will not end until the deficit is eliminated and the governmennt spending is under control because no matter what the liberal press spits out, that is what the meetings I have been to were about, not the social agenda that the liberal elitist and trying to frighten Americans with. Also the Tea Party wants to have the government uphold the law while making sure that Americans are responsible for their own actions not dependent on government.

    January 7, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. blake

    I suspect we will always have liberals (like Reid) and conservatives (like the Tea Party) involved in the political process. Unfortunately Mr. Reid continues to have his head in the sand regarding the wishes of the American people. The voice of the conservatives is on the rise, not decline. Reid was lucky to get re-elected in November, and his party will lose control of the Senate in 2012 (with him carrying much of the blame).

    January 7, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. keepstuffingthis

    He is almost as delusional as his botoxed counter part in the House. Did you see where she blames Bush for the democrat liberal loss in the mid-terms? Nancy needs to stop sniffing the botox, and dingy Harry needs to get a dose of reality and explain why he won't even schedule the repeal of the Obozocare bill when Americans are aginst the rip-off of tax paying, hard working citizens by 46% to 40%. Not to responsonsive to the will of the American people these liberal democrats, can't wait until 2012 to get rid of a bunch more.Reid is another one that calls people who disagree names.

    January 7, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. ricosu

    Don't know or presume to know how the Tea Party will fare in the future but the gist of his statement mirrors Clinton with "It's the economy, stupid". And it is indeed. If it improves Obama is reelected, if not, he's gone.

    January 7, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Peter s

    You might be right Sen Harry Reid but you just addressed a single variable of why the tea party was started!!. Please add the second variable `taking America back" and ask yourself from whom and why!! after that you can figure who are the real tea baggers!!

    January 7, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Opinion8ed

    End?! Why, you flea-bitten varmint! The tea party ain't a goin' NOwhere! Insert sarcasm

    January 7, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Harry, you're dumb as a rock. The Tea Parties (not a unified single party as such) will continue to get stronger especially with the Presidental Election coming up in 2012. They have in mind to defeat the ultra liberal occupant of the White House and retire another 1/3 of the Senate Progressives. You ain't seen nothing yet.

    January 7, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Charlie

    Typical, Reid is still clueless about the American working people and their distaste with high taxes. We can thank the people of Nevada and their ignorance for giving us 6 more years of this nut case.

    January 7, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. duckbutter

    harry it will end when fools like you end your reckless spending , stupid waste ., and listen to the people...your a idiot.

    January 7, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. rufus

    Keep hoping, Harry. Do you think your crisis of debt ends w/ the business cycle?

    January 7, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. lolcat

    As much as I hate the Tea Party and everything they stand for, anything that gets away from a 2 party system is better than a Democrat and Republican dilemma.

    January 7, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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