Number Of Tea Party Events Down 50 Percent!
By: Steve - July 24, 2011 - 9:00am
O'Reilly and his right-wing friends all think the Tea Party is great, and that it is (and will be) a powerful force in American Politics. Which is all in denial of the facts, that the Tea Party is a fringe group of mostly far-right Obama hating white people.
O'Reilly himself said that only 19% of the people support the Tea Party, so how can 19% of them be a powerful force in politics. The answer is they cant, and they wont. In fact, the Tea Party is already dying out, the number of events they are having in 2011 is down 50 percent, and the number of people who go to them is also way down, 50 percent or more.
Last September, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin answered critics who predicted that the movement would soon die out, saying this: "The Tea Party movement is here to stay."
Seven months later, presidential candidate Herman Cain (a Tea Party favorite) agreed saying this: "I have people asking me all the time. Do you think this Tea-Party thing is going to go away? No, it's not going away. It's gonna get stronger and stronger."
But a ThinkProgress investigation shows a far different picture. And their evidence points to one conclusion: Tea Party activity has declined sharply in 2011.
For this report, ThinkProgress examined the total number of events across the country listed on the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) websites each month. They compared the number of Tea Parties that occurred in 2010 with the number that took place in the first seven months of 2011.
And the results were stunning. For TPP, fewer than half the number of Tea Party events took place in the first seven months of 2011 compared to the same time period in 2010. And while an average of 337 Tea Parties were held across the country each month in 2010, for 2011 that number has dropped to only 166 events per month, and continues to decline even more.
Critics of their findings say that the number of Tea Party events has significantly decreased in 2011 compared to 2010 because 2010 was an election year.
But that objection is flawed for two reasons. First, if the Tea Party claims to be a movement rather than an election turnout machine for Republicans, we would expect to see no dropoff from 2010 to 2011. Which is clearly not the case.
Second, nearly every Tea Party leader has declared some variation of this theme: "Our work doesn't end on Election Day, that's when it begins."
They also claim the Tea Party is getting stronger, when in fact it is not, they are not gaining new members, and the number of people at their events is down.
When you look at the actual number of Tea Party events that have taken place since 2010, it's clear there has been a significant drop-off. Photos posted online from Tea Party events show mostly empty rooms, with more people from the media at some events, than people from the Tea Party.
They have even had to move their events to smaller rooms because almost nobody was showing up. The facts show that the Tea Party is not growing stronger, it is growing weaker, and it is dying out.
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