Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Tea Party: Tax Day Rallies Attract Only a Few

Monday, April 18—yesterday—was Tax Day, the day that federal income taxes were due.

It's also a day that the Tea Party types love to "celebrate" with noisy gatherings and signs whining about paying too much.  

This year,  however, the Tea Party gang was largely MIA. True, a few tax protesters turned out in Tulsa and other cities across the nation, but their ranks were thin. In Oklahoma and elsewhere, the Tea Party is losing steam.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did an entire segment on this trend, noting that Beltway pundits and GOP insiders have failed to reflect the Tea Party's diminished prospects. Indeed, some of them are acting as if the Tea Party is important and has real clout, a proposition that is increasingly debatable. Indeed, polls show the Tea Party is highly unpopular.

Right here in Soonerland, the anti-tax group at the state capitol was a measly 30 or so, according to media reports. There's much more here.

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