This is my problem with the ‘tea party’ movement. When some tea party candidate does something off the wall (like D’Annunzio in NC) folks say he’s not really part of the tea party. Then, the keynote speaker at the Tea Party convention endorses one candidate in Idaho and ‘Tea Party Boise’ endorses a different candidate.
The tea party people say they are unaffiliated and just for lower taxes and smaller government. What does that have to do with immigration?
"Among the demonstrations is a new “BUYcott Arizona” Web site advising visitors to boycott the boycotters and support Arizona-based businesses.
Heeding the call, members of the tea party in Illinois planned the June12 “Stand with AZ” rally and march to an outlet of the ice cream chain in Naperville. And in case of confusion, party members also sent out an e-mail with tips on where to shop and eat."
So the tea party gets lots of publicity but has no responsibility for a consistent message.