National Tea Party Convention

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Tea Party Honcho Sued Over Palin Speech Fee

Fundraiser put up $50K and didn't get ticket, promised help

(Newser) - The man who put up the $50,000 down payment for Sarah Palin's speaking fee at the National Tea Party Convention says the organizer cheated him, badmouthed him, and barred him from attending the for-profit convention. Conservative fundraiser (and Upper Deck baseball trading-card company founder) Bill Hemrick has filed a... More »

Hayworth to Hit McCain With Conservative Wrath

Challenger says Palin is backing Mac out of gratitude

(Newser) - JD Hayworth officially launched his campaign against John McCain yesterday by promising a year of change—the conservative kind. The Arizona challenger slammed McCain's voting record and promised to do a better job of standing up to the Democrats. "There are two John McCains," Hayworth said at his... More »

Anti-Government Ire Drives Tea-Partiers

EJ Dionne delves into what makes tea-partiers tick

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement has attacked America's relatively middle-of-the-road president with surprising ferocity, writes EJ Dionne. Parts of the movement seem to be motivated by racism, but the main force seems to be "anti-statism," or a fundamental distrust of the federal government. This vein of anti-statism dates from... More »

Meghan McCain Rips Palin's 'Retarded' Double Standard

'Exactly what's wrong with politics today'

(Newser) - Meghan McCain had some harsh words for Sarah Palin, Tom Tancredo, and the whole Tea Party movement on The View yesterday. McCain, who says she avoided the Tea Party convention because of "ideological differences," said Palin's double standard about the use of the word "retarded" is "... More »

Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers Are Actually Anti-Populist

The real Populists were anti-Wall Street and for big government

(Newser) - Calling what Sarah Palin and the Tea Partiers practice “populism” is backwards, writes Peter Beinart. In fact, they’re “anti-Populists.” The original Populists, in the late 19th century, “cursed Washington because it wasn’t powerful enough” to protect the people from the greed of “the... More »

Palin: US 'Ready for Another Revolution'

Ex-veep candidate tells Tea Party Convention it's 'the future'

(Newser) - To chants of "run, Sarah, run," Sarah Palin told the Tea Party Convention last night that "America is ready for another revolution," and that the activists gathered to hear her speak would be the ones to carry it out. “This movement is the future of... More »

Why Run for Office? Palin's Built a Better Bully Pulpit

With the media as her power base, she's rich, influential, and not accountable

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will be the biggest thing outside the Superbowl this weekend, as she headlines a Tea Party Convention today and campaigns for Texas governor Rick Perry tomorrow. While political pundits obsesses over what she's gunning for, the New York Times observes that she may already have it: She's got... More »

Tancredo: Illiterate Voters Elected 'Socialist' Obama

But things would be even worse if McCain had been elected

(Newser) - Tom Tancredo kicked off the National Tea Party Convention last night with a full blast of vitriol, saying “Barack Hussein Obama” had been elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote. People who could not even spell the word vote, or say... More »

Bachmann Drops Out of Tea Party Convention

Concerned about pricey tickets, profit motives of the organizers

(Newser) - More turmoil for the National Tea Party Convention: Firebrand Michele Bachmann is dropping out. The Minnesota congresswoman says she's decided against speaking at next week's event in Nashville over concerns that organizers are fleecing the political faithful. Sarah Palin remains on the docket, with a reported $100,000 speaking fee. More »

Palin Getting Up to $100K for Tea Party Speech

'That's a lot of damned tea,' says one irked blogger

(Newser) - Sarah Palin may be the most important public figure to the burgeoning tea party movement, but she's apparently not about to cut them a deal—the former Alaska governor is expected to receive between $75,000 and $100,000 to speak at the movement's first convention next month, reports Politico... More »

Wall Street Bonuses Ripe for Tea Party Rage

Big finance could face populist pitchforks

(Newser) - Bailed-out Wall Street execs handing themselves hefty bonuses this month should prepare for outrage not only from Dems inside the Beltway but from tea partiers, who hold their first convention in Nashville next month. The rage that has been focused on big government and health care reform could easily swing... More »

Sarah Palin to Headline Tea Party Convention

Could be first step toward new party, complete with candidate

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will be the headline speaker in the nation's first-ever Tea Party convention next month in Tennessee, raising the specter of a spin-off political party already laying claim to a presidential candidate. A generic “Tea Party” is already more popular than either Democrats or Republicans, while Palin rivals... More »

Bachmann, Palin to Address Tea Party Convention

Nashville to host ultra-conservative gathering February

(Newser) - Conservative heavyweights Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin will speak at the first-ever Tea Party Convention in February. Bachmann will give a breakfast speech, while Palin is scheduled for the keynote address at the Nashville event. Tickets to the weekend convention are $549, and that doesn't include accommodations at the Gaylord... More »

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