February 20, 2014

Tea Party Turns Five

Rick Santelli kicked it off.

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of CNBC’s Rick Santelli reporting from the Chicago stock exchange floor and calling for a new “Tea Party.” He was specifically opposed to Barack Obama’s “stimulus,” bailouts and other massive spending growth. “A lot of people have been credited with starting the modern-day tea party but make no mistake, it was Rick Santelli,” said Glenn Beck. “His off the cuff monologue spoke the words that millions of Americans felt but could not nor dare not speak.” The Tea Party remains a force in the GOP, and is the reason the party swept to victory in the House in 2010. We hope the movement can regain that momentum this fall, retake the Senate, and restore some fiscal sanity to Washington.

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