Corporate Media Gives Tea Party Way More Attention Than Its Numbers Warrant

If you listen to the Beltway media and Fox, the tea party is now the dominate political force in the country. Do the numbers back them up?

NO. Polls consistently show that around 20 percent of Americans self-identify as tea partyists. However, when it comes to actually participating in rallies and donating to tea party causes, the number falls to 4 percent. In Congress, 11 percent of the 535 members — 52 in the House, four in the Senate — have joined the tea party caucus.

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