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Happy birthday, Tea Party!

Posted by Richard on February 27, 2014

The Tea Party movement’s fifth birthday celebration is taking place today in Washington. You can watch here (note: in addition to the live feed, recordings of the earlier segments are available for “DVR mode” viewing).

The actual birthday of the Tea Party movement is unquestionably February 19, 2009. That’s when CNBC’s Rick Santelli, during what was dubbed the “rant of the year,” called for a “Chicago tea party” to protest bailouts, stimulus spending, and the metastatic growth of government for the benefit of those at the top and bottom at the expense of the middle class. But the 27th is when the first tea party protests took place, organized by grass-roots people energized by the Santelli rant.

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