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Washington Post: Rand Paul Announces Senate Tea Party Caucus

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Friday announced the formation of a new Senate Tea Party Caucus, taking a formal step toward uniting members of the movement in the 112th Congress.

Paul and Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) will be the group's inaugural members, according to a joint statement released by Paul's office.

"Republicans in the Senate have already made a pledge to end earmarks and fight for a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Paul said in the statement. "By joining with my fellow Senators, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as grassroots groups who see the need for government reform, the caucus will work to enact real change to protect our country and its taxpayers from an ever-expanding government."

Lee described the tea party movement as "a movement of everyday Americans who have grown tired of Washington playing by their own set of rules."

"Americans have elected us to be responsible caretakers of their hard-earned money and freedom, and the formation of this caucus gives us the opportunity to listen to the American people and do what they elected us to do," he added.

DeMint was an ardent and early backer of Paul's Senate bid, helping the tea party favorite win an upset victory over establishment-backed state Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) in last year's GOP primary. DeMint also played a role in Lee's come-from-behind win; he declined to support incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and immediately threw his support behind Lee after Bennett's ouster at last year's Utah Republican Party convention.


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Fantastic development. Those

Fantastic development. Those of you who wish to remain theoretical miss the reality of legislative power to the overall goals of smaller government and the might of voting coalitions within legislative power. Caucuses mean like-minded Senators and in a body of 100 where one party has only a small majority, a block of 3 or 5 or 10 senators holds sway. Legislative provisions do not even make it into draft versions sometimes (except for show) if the leaders know a voting block opposes it. In other words, whatever the bill, say tax reform, the republican senatorial version put forth by McConnell etc. will not contain provisions the Tea Party Caucus has united against. Alternately, if Rand, Lee, DeMint, Johnson and a few others draft a bill, they start with 25% of the GOP and cannot be ignored.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

Good For Rand Paul !

The Tea Parties were to signify to everybody....."Taxation Without Representation", after the TARP fiasco, that 90% of Americans opposed !

Rand is off to a good start in fighting the IRS and taxation !


Maybe Rand should call it something different then.

I posted below that I love this idea.

But there is a lot of opposition to it here based on the thought that the Tea Party is a grassroots idea which should not be too organized.

I see the point, but I also understand Rand's position to try to expose who the RINOs are.

He is trying to shine a light on these Neo-Con shysters who set the stage for the government we have now.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Oh, this is such

a great start. I hope the rest of the Senate Republicans get on board, it would show us that they really believe in smaller, less intrusive government.

as long as Rand

holds them accountable to our values, there can be some value for the exposure to what the difference of what the establishment GOP is all about and what we are all about.

Maybe we can finally reach the progressives, which should be our biggest supporters.

So Rand gets the phony made up job of tea party chairman?

Like whack job Michelle Bachmann gets the bogus phony made up job of tea party chairman in the house.

Why don't they just put a dunce cap on Rands head.

Yea there really can listen to you Rand. Yeah, right.

Are you for real?

Rand Paul and his dad Ron and Michelle are trying to save your country and this is what you resort to?


I agree with RON PAUL, this will inevitably be co-opted by the establishment and quickly loose all meaning from the good of what it purports to be.

I DON'T LIKE THIS AT ALL! The Tea Party is supposed to be a spontaneous unorganized group of citizens upset with the direction of their government - like the original Tea Pary! Would it have been a good idea for the British to establish a Tea Party caucus after the event from which it's named? I think not. It would've been a bad idea then and it's still a bad idea today.

I like the movement I fell in love with that used to be regular folks, grassroots, non-centralized and of the people for the people. Any centralized government takeover of what is supposed to be "the peoples movement" is simply WRONG in my opinion.

We should all reject this idea. Shame on Rand! If this is his attempt to beat others to the punch well then just step aside and let them have it. I certainly wouldn't want to be associate with this BS group when it all goes bad - and it will. Future generations will be fighting the Republican, Democratic and the new Tea Party, parties, pissed at us for taking things further down the pit.

I think this is necessary and deserves a chance.

The continued leadership of RINOs in Congress and the election of a RINO as RNC Chairman calls for desperate measures. RINO RNC Chairman Haley Barbour destroyed the "Contract With America" 1994 Republican freshmen House members with the complicity of House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader "Bumbling" Bob Dole. If the Tea Party members are organized, they can act in unison on legislation and fund raising.

Here is why I love this idea...

It will immediatelty expose those "republicans" (who don't join) for what they are; establishment-NeoCons.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

They might as well do it anyway

It will expose all the Fake Tea Party plants faster than any other measure will expose them....

We got Rand Paul and a Caucus with Jim DeMint and a few others like Mike Lee in Utah. We can keep them and their feet to the fire....

On the opposite angle, we got closet new deal democrats like Michelle Bachmann, John McCain & the others who don't have any place in the Tea Party. These fools have exposed themselves thousands of times.

Can't work with any of them. Nor their Democrat counterparts like Evan Bayh, Crook Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Scott Brown or Arlen Specter. Cancel any contact with these folks.

All the above are "New Deal" frauds and they have plenty of corporate lackies.

Put Bernie Sanders at the front of the Senate Tea Party Caucus and you'll be getting somewhere...bring in Pat Leahy and the moderate Democrats & you'll have a real authentic Tea Party caucus that'll make the rascals run for the hills.

good analysis

Sanders joining in would be a big plus in uniting progressive grassroots with us for Ron in 2012. Same thing it seems Ralph Nader's hoping for.


I thought Ron Paul was asked to be in this before and he declined.

Is my memory on the fritz or is this correct, can someone tell me?

It was Rand's idea that Bachmann tried to steal the next day...

Rand mentioned this while on the campaign trail, and shortly thereafter, Bachmann announced "her idea" to start a Tea Party Caucus in the House. Also notice she said on Freedom Watch that SHE had been holding constitutional learning lunches... (they were actually Ron's) - then voted for the Federal Food Safety Takeover.

They're trying to adopt our rhetoric and mislead people - it's no wonder Ron wouldn't play along. Rand however is following through with the idea he originally came up with.

Ron knows what he is doing.

Ron knows what he is doing. Better to play along then bite the hand right now. Things will expose themselves in due time. Right around the 2012 presidential debates...


The fact everyone is jumping on the bandwagon should tell everyone here this is bad, BAD NEWS! As well intentioned as it might be it'll eventually turn into just another corrupt Washington bureaucratic mess, like the Republican and Democratic parties.



Good Show Here !!

Anyone In The Senate Not Voting The Tea Party Agenda, Gets Targeted For Removal From Office By The Tea Party Grassroots In 2 Years.

The Bad Party Of This is I Really Don't Believe We Have 2 Years Before All Hell Breaks Loose.

I Hope I'm Wrong But Maybe, Just Maybe It Is Almost Too Late Now To Reverse Course..The Nation Is Broke And Most Young Americans Are Debased, Spoiled And Lazy And Spiritually Destoyed.

We Now Have To Begin Immediately To Stop The Corporatist/Fascist New World Order Agenda..The Event Is In The Hand Of God.

"I Fear For My Country Because I Know The Lord Is Just" ~ Thomas Jefferson


Can someone explain exactly what a caucus is/does? Do they hold meetings? Draft statement? How do you become a tea party caucus member?


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Caucuses (Cauci?) have receptions and dinner parties

Beyond that, they are essentially meaningless. To become a member, a senator probably would need to e-mail an intern and get on the invitation list.

They will work together to force issues...

Like auditing the Fed, actually cutting spending etc. I imagine Rand is more interested in policy than in "receptions and dinner parties."

You can imagine all you want

They'll have more receptions and dinner parties than legislation, I guarantee. Unless you've worked on the hill, it's a fantasy land. Reality is much less exciting or interesting. The Tea Party caucus will be a staff position or two and lots of schmoozing just like all the other caucuses.
As an aside, a member of Congress (whole body) hasn't read a constituent letter in 45 years. 19 year old interns handle ALL constiuent communications. That's why I laugh at petitions, fax bombs, call-a-thons and letter writing campaigns. I've seen the puppets, most only see the shadows.

And Rand will start by

And Rand will start by raising the debt ceiling... DOH!

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

I see this as a good thing.

I see this as a good thing. But I tell you right now, I got my eye on all three of them. If Demint votes to extend the Patriot Act again that's it for him. Mike Lee and Rand Paul will have to show their stuff pretty soon as major votes will be coming up.

The Patriot Act will be my personal defining judgement.

Gigi I agree

to me the measuring stick will be the vote on extending the Patriot Act -- will be watching all of them especially newbies.

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We should ALL be watching

We should ALL be watching every last one of them. If they vote unconstitutionally, they should be recalled by the people of their state. If it does not work, it will at least put the fear in US back in, and that is what we need.

Gigi and Leli I agree

The Patriot Act is the big test. I really hope they pass. It would give me hope for the country.

Nice! We need the Tea Party


We need the Tea Party to be associated with people like Rand in most people's minds, instead of with some other characters with a much more muddled message.