Sunday 18 February 2018

What is the Tea Party movement and can it work?

The Democrats may have been undone in their bid to keep Ted Kennedy's senatorial seat by a latter-day Boston Tea Party
The Democrats may have been undone in their bid to keep Ted Kennedy's senatorial seat by a latter-day Boston Tea Party

Rupert Cornwell

Scott Brown, the shock Republican winner of this week's Massachusetts election to choose a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, is America's latest political sensation.

But the most significant recent development in US politics is the emergence of the Tea Party movement, a populist organisation that contributed to Brown's victory, and which could reshape the country's political landscape at November's mid-term elections here.

How did the movement begin?

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