"The American people are speaking out loud and clear," she said in a statement. "They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold. The American people are doing their part and making their voices heard and this caucus will prove that there are some here in Washington willing to listen."
That's right, folks - there is now a Tea Party Caucus. Caucuses, which are generally bi-partisan and well-intentioned, are essentially a grouping of members in Congress that aren't given congressional money, but can set up events, fundraisers, and etc.
However, right off the bat, this "Tea Party Caucus" already seems to be a bastardized version. Enter Republican Congressman Mike Pence:
Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., announced his plan to join the caucus, saying that he supports "any opportunity to encourage focus on common sense Republican values" on Capitol Hill.
So already, this is being used to espouse "common sense Republican values." I like where this is going...
In related news, the lone Democrat to be endorsed by the Tea Party, just rejected it:
The one Democratic member of Congress endorsed by the Tea Party Express formally rejected the endorsement on Monday, citing disgust with a satirical, racist letter penned by a spokesman for the group.Can't find the letter online anymore, but apparently it was pretty bad. Representative Walt Minnick, the Democrat in question, had some pretty harsh words:
The reprehensible blog post by your spokesman was clearly in poor taste. Whatever his reasons for writing it, his words reflect on all of those associated with the Tea Party movement. The proper response to his perceived slight on the issue of race was not to use inflammatory sarcasm. Rather, I would have expected your organization to instead highlight the Tea Party I know, the one with good, decent folks who care very much about the serious financial issues facing our nation and who themselves would find Mr. Williams' blog post distasteful.
Instead, the Tea Party Express has apparently decided to stand by Mr. Williams and support him in his own contention that he did nothing wrong. I cannot agree with that course of action. Since the Tea Party Express refuses to reject and rebuke Mr. Williams, I have no choice but to decline your endorsement.
Like I said before - some interestin' times.