Common Misconceptions About the Tea Party

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.”