Tea Party Express Arrives in Washington, DC

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Today is tax day. (So go mail in your paperwork or file for an automatic extension, folks.) It's no surprise that today is the day Tea Party activists have chosen to rally, across the country, against what they call, unnecessary government largess. There will be hundreds of small rallies in cities from Walla Walla, Wash. to Niceville, Fla. They are all loosely related to the Tea Party Express, which arrives in Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m., revved up after a speech from Sarah Palin in Boston yesterday.

We take a closer look at the individuals involved in the Tea Party. Our partners The New York Times conducted an impressive poll examining who exactly considers themselves Tea Party members. Jane Elder, Editor of News Surveys and Election Analysis at the Times, explains what the poll found. 

We also hear from Robert Davie, of Manchester, Vt., who drove overnight to attend the D.C. rally to express his dissatisfaction with the state of government right now. 

Guests:

Robert Davie and Jane Elder

Produced by:

Alex Goldmark

Comments [7]

king from florida

Why do these peoplr get all this coverage from the corpo media.They seem to love Social Security and Medicare but don't want to pay taxes.What's the story.Corporate America has spent millions on this campaign and is the best they can do.

Apr. 23 2010 08:10 PM
Dan from New York

I'm a white 35 years old man who supports Obama. The Tea party, baby boomer, republicans retards (Sarah Palin) don't speak for me.
I want to know where these Tea Baggers were when Bush was taking away our rights & spying on us... Why weren't they protesting then ???

Apr. 16 2010 01:13 AM
Sean

Tea baggers' and face painters' feelings?
When is your piece on how the left "feels" about right-wing vitriol?
Please don't broadcast that stuff without challenge. The information you should disseminate is their opinions' record. I believe the Fox/Limbaugh grade is ~7% over the past 30 years. If you present the list, the non-biased couldn't go higher than 17%. Either way, it's a fail. Armageddon, trickle-down, jack-boot cops, on and on.
Loud does not equal correct. And weak minds continue to be swayed.

Apr. 15 2010 06:39 PM
Katia

So from what I was able to gather, Tea Partiers hate social assistance *that they aren't personally taking advantage of.*

Where were these people when we were spending money on a ridiculous war 4+ years ago? Apparently they weren't angry about spending then.

Also, I love how they assert that they don't feel they're represented in Washington. A bunch of (as described by the show) old, rich, presumably-white guys aren't represented in Washington??? On what planet?

Apr. 15 2010 12:43 PM
Charles

I heard John Hockenberry laughingly ask Todd Zwillich to find "the angriest person he could find" at the Tea Party rally in Washington to do a quick drive-by kind of interview.

What John got was first the observation from Zwillich that the assmebled people didn't seem all that angry, and were peacably gathering to demonstrate a political position.

Then, the person who was interviewed proved Zwillich right; not angry, and almost painfully polite to provacateur John Hockenberrry, who got mixed up in his own questioning. And then quickly abandoned the interview.

It's just no good, I gather, to have a real live Tea Party advocate appear on an public radio program and not serve the program's goal of painting the Tea Party as crazed, unhinged right-wing lunatics. Sorry, John Hockenberry. Maybe you could try a MoveOn rally.

Can anybody imagine Hockenberry asking Zodd Zwillich to find "the angriest person he could find" at an NAACP demonstration, or a gay rights demonstration, or at a rally of SEIU unionists or ACORN activists?

Apr. 15 2010 11:35 AM
Michael from Norman, Oklahoma

Tea Party? Oklahoma Militia? Sarah Palin? What's next? What do these people think they are accomplishing? I live in Norman Oklahoma. None of the folks I work with or live around talk about forming a militia, hate having a healthcare system, nor do they have an ounce of respect for Sarah Palin as a spokes person for their views. Where are these Tea Party people living? And everything I hear makes them sound like Republicans 2.0! Haven't the parties running under the hypocritical guise of God fearing, conservative do-gooders already failed us all miserably? Oh, and continuously lied to us with Palin like sound bites like death panels and birth certificates? Where do the lies end?

Apr. 15 2010 10:33 AM
Alan Hirst from NJ

What don't the Tea Partiers get about their representation in Washington?? This country voted the Republicans OUT in 2004, OUT again in 2008, OUT again over health care reform in 2010, not once, but over 40 times!
Yet they. and their fly-over-state followers, still think the country wants and deserves a continuation of Bush's reckless policies.

Apr. 15 2010 08:35 AM

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