I remember the Boston Tea Party 2007 like it was yesterday. Republicans at that time were like "the Boston what?" Then in 2009 they tread all over the grass that Ron Paul planted and ruined it. This wasn't helped by the politics played on either side, with Democrats putting the "Tea Partiers" into one box and painting it up in as silly colors as they could find.
Yep... that's exactly what happened. RP revived the Tea Party in his build up to the '08 election and the likes of Palin and McCain hijacked the movement with the help of Beck Hannity and some other right wing media sponsored cronnies.They all started to use RP lingo to be heard but when push came to shove they proved to be the scum that they were backing off from signing onto any sort of legislation that defined what RP's tea party stood for.