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I've been going to Tea Party protests for a little over a year now. At the outset, the movement was simply a response to out of control government spending. It was not a strictly Republican movement, and it was not directed at Democrats or Barack Obama. [Local Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters actually held a similar protest against the first bail out bill on the 27th of September 2008 at the Sandelie Golf Course in Wilsonville while George Bush was still in office.]
Since I've been involved with the Tea Party, a number of groups have tried to coopt the movement for their own purposes. Some people have attempted to make an actual political party out of it, more than a few candidates have courted it, and it seems that the Republican Party views the movement as its own. Unfortunately, the press also seems eager for it to become something it was never intended to be. Apparently, government spending just isn't an interesting enough story for political analysts to dwell on.
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