"Tea Party insurgents prepare to seize power in 2012
Misunderstood and misrepresented, the Tea Party is a genuinely democratic movement with growing political power, argues Toby Harnden
".......A desire for small government, lower taxes and fidelity to the United States Constitution binds members together. There is a prevailing mood of anger towards Washington and a sense of having been conned. Mention the $700 billion (£448 billion) bailout, health care reform or cap and trade legislation and they will go into conniptions.
But beyond that, the Tea Party is a vast, teeming muddle of opinion and impulses. Many of its strong supporters don't attend public meetings. "The Tea Party is more an attitude than anything organised," one Southern conservative told me........."