John Judis of The New Republic wants to set the record straight about the Tea Party. Here, according to Judis, are the most common misconceptions:
1. “The Tea Party is not a movement.” It has no political candidate, platform, or organizational institution. But neither did the Populists, the New Left, or the Conservative movements.
2. “The Tea Party is a fascist movement.” It is reactionary, but not fascist.
3. “The Tea Party is racist.” It is a mistake to reduce the Tea Party to a racist movement.
4. “The Tea Party is a conventional Republican group funded by big business.”