[Ed. – The Tea Party began before the election of Obama? According to whom?]
Republicans right now face a backlash akin to what Democrats faced from the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010. Some have gone so far as to call this resistance the Democratic Tea Party. It’s a convenient comparison: Democrats like it because the Republican Tea Party was successful in 2010, and the media appreciates it as a simple and straightforward story. I’ve been guilty of leaning on it myself.
But the Democratic resistance and the Tea Party actually differ in a number of important ways….
For starters, the Tea Party was forged as an opposition to a societal reality in our country, while today’s resistance is opposed to a political reality. The Tea Party began before the election of President Obama, as a reaction to President Bush and the bank bailouts of 2008…. The movement’s anger was stoked by the realization that the country … would elect someone like Barack Obama and support his “liberal” policies…. These members wanted the entire country to revert to a set of values that more closely resembled what they saw on Leave It to Beaver.