Facebook, there is a little more involvement. However, there appears to
be to no concerted effort to draw people in under one big tent - just a
lot of factions vying for the spotlight. The "American Tea Party" with over 14,000 members, according to its profile information covers "the new American Revolution" and is "sponsored by Pajamas TV" (which is somewhat suspect).
Then there are the "Tea Party Patriots"
which has signed up an impressive 66,000+ followers but talks about
having mobilized over 1.2 million people on April 15, 2009 to spread
their word over 50 states. However if that be the case, why haven't
that million been encouraged to register with this group on Facebook?
One emerging set of principles that could align tea party groups is taking shape on the Tea Party Patriots' Web site, where registered members can contribute to something that might resemble a platform.
"Note - it is called the Contract From America, not the Contract With America," said William Temple, who runs a tea party group in Brunswick, Ga. "We are the ones giving the direction."
The convention, according to a Washington Post
report in some respects has had the feel of a big blind date. The
delegates chatted each other up for a year online, checking out each
other's ideas and grievances, and they thought they might have
something in common. Now they are spending a couple of days together,
at a very nice resort, nibbling hibachi beef and browsing elegant "tea
bag" jewelry, to see whether they like each other enough to be
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