C., it’s going to take away from the free-flowing nature of the true Tea Party movement.
One attempt at forming a list of what Tea Partiers wanted Congress to do resulted in the Contract from America.
It was a legislative agenda created by conservative activist Ryan Hecker with the assistance of Dick Armey of Freedom Works.
On February 19, 2009 CNBC reporter Rick Santelli launched a "rant" against the bailouts on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, calling for a new "tea party," Supporters of the movement subsequently have had a major impact on the internal politics of the Republican Party.
Beginning as a grassroots outburst, various local tea party groups eventually began to coalesce, and gained major support from Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative political advocacy group founded by businessmen and political activist David H. Although the Tea Party is not a party in the classic sense of the word, some research suggests that members of the Tea Party Caucus vote like a third party in Congress.
Goals may conflict, and priorities will often differ between groups.
Many Tea Party organizers see this as a strength rather than a weakness, as decentralization has helped to immunize the Tea Party against co-opting by outside entities and corruption from within.
An article in Politico reported that many Tea Party activists were skeptical of the caucus, seeing it as an effort by the Republican Party to hijack the movement.
Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz refused to join the caucus, saying Structure and formality are the exact opposite of what the Tea Party is, and if there is an attempt to put structure and formality around it, or to co-opt it by Washington, D.
The Tea Party does not have a single uniform agenda.