View Full Version : Politico: Palin's Nashville Tea Party Convention not Grassroots; more like AstroTurf

01-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Latest tea party target: Its own convention (http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20100121/pl_politico/31816)

Jan 21, 2010

The convention is being held at a fancy resort, features $550 ticket prices, a steak and lobster dinner and a guest speaker with a $100,000 speaking fee. It’s sponsored by a for-profit company with a mysterious wealthy benefactor, and its organizers, who have been accused of secrecy and corruption, have threatened lawsuits against dissenters and clamped down on news coverage.

Sounds like just the kind of thing that tea party activists, whose populist outrage is directed at the Washington and Wall Street establishments, would be up in arms over.

Except it’s a tea party convention.

Billed as a pivot point to transition the tea party movement from a chaotic uprising to an organized and sustainable political force and featuring Sarah Palin as its star attraction, the first-ever convention in Nashville from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8 is insead shaping up as a reminder of the problems inherent in holding together a fractious coalition of local groups resistant to authority and pursuing often-conflicting agendas.


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01-21-2010, 06:00 PM
The revolution knows who the REAL teaparty politicans are and I hate to break it to those that still don't know, but Sarah Palin is NOT one of them. She's part of the establishment!

01-21-2010, 06:08 PM
Whats up with these counter-tea parties that are being planned? I'd be pretty interested in paying attention and hearing from those people.

01-22-2010, 08:47 AM
if scott brown and sarah palin are actually on the insta-candidate interface between
astro-turf and grassroots ...so who gets to shove aside mccain & romney in 2012???
rand paul's senate run if successful could have him taking on brown & palin a.s.a.p!!!

01-22-2010, 08:52 AM
national tea party convention == neocon fail?

01-22-2010, 09:08 AM
Um we are up in arms about it! Falin Tea Party IS SHUTTING OUT GRASSROOTS.

That way worse than just regular "astroturf".

dr. hfn
01-22-2010, 09:16 AM
death to the convention! viva la revolution!

Matt Collins
01-25-2010, 04:13 PM
YouTube - Baier reports on tea party activist infighting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb22Ygd9KF0&feature=player_embedded)