The Tea Party movement is not a political party--nor should it be.
It was inevitable. Politico reported last week that Florida lawyer Frederic O’Neal registered a party in Florida back in August. The report notes
The Tea Party will become one of 32 minor political parties certified by the state, including also the Real Food Party of the United States of America, the Prohibition Party, and the Florida Socialist Workers Party. Its website is not live.
No attempt to marginalize the new party there. CBS News picked up the story and wrote
Even though the conservative lost in that race, "tea partiers" and other conservatives "remain convinced they're on the right side of history," CBSNews.com's Charles Cooper wrote. "And in writing down their morning-after election analyses... they also delivered a hard-edged message to the Republican establishment: Get behind us or get out of the way."
"...that race" of course refers to NY-23, the only race conservatives lost that day. Tea Party activists campaigned for Doug Hoffman toward the end and may have been the force that took his candidacy from dead last to almost first. I wrote about that on Nov 5. read more »