Ron Paul takes credit for it...but I beg to differ......
After Rick Santelli’s historic rant on CNBC sparked nationwide attention on February 19, 2009, the Top Conservatives On Twitter community began
to rally immediately to go into action. Brooks recalls the initial daily planning conference calls leading up to the first coordinated event.
“Most of the organizers on the calls were first-principle conservatives” he says, noting that there was only one avowed libertarian present for
the calls. Many were disaffected Republicans who didn’t believe there was an effective party structure with which to fight the progressive agenda.
Others were conservatives who didn’t feel at home in any party structure. All felt the urgency that the fight needed to be joined.
None of them ever mentioned Ron Paul. The tea party phenomenon blossomed into something none of us on those calls were able to anticipate; from huge
Tax Day rallies nationwide to a massive march on Washington D.C. to tectonic electoral shifts in 2010. It’s understandable that some politician
would like to get some of the credit for kicking it off.
But the leaderless, agile, principle-driven movement that is tea party succeeds precisely because it has no “father figure” out in front, in spite
of media attempts to stuff everyone from Dick Armey to Ron Paul to Newt Gingrich to Sarah Palin in that role. Tea party has been able to navigate the
rough waters of the past two years in spite of every effort to anchor it to a personality
This is who organized the first actual TP get together in 2009:
Felicia Cravens organized the Houston Tea Party on February 27, 2009, and has been a leader of that organization over the subsequent two years. She
can be reached on Twitter at @somethingfishie
No Koch brothers or any other big money......