Originally Posted by HoustonScott
Your wrong as wrong as can be, Anderson Cooper said it on CNN first and he knows what a "tea bagger" is he is a true "tea bagger". The movement never called themselves tea baggers. Get your facts straight....
First, a little history. After Barack Obama was sworn in as president, with his big majorities in Congress, the Democrats launched quite a bit of federal spending: particularly with the “stimulus” package. Some Americans were determined to counter this. And, before you knew it, we had the “tea party” movement. What protesters were doing, of course, was invoking the spirit of the American Revolutionaries, and their Boston Tea Party. According to the website of the Tea Party Patriots, the movement is committed to three “core values”: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.
The first big day for this movement was Tax Day, April 15. And organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” A protester was spotted with a sign saying, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You.” So, conservatives started it: started with this terminology. But others ran with it and ran with it.
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So there you have it, a magazine devoted to intelligent and thoughtful conservative commentary admits that not only did the conservative group in question call themselves teabaggers, but that they started the "teabagger" phrase. If you have evidence to the contrary, please post it.