I poo-pooed it. Said it was a bad idea because it would lead to nothing but a bunch of neocons in patriot hats. In retrospect, I think it was a great idea and although it has led to neocons acting patriotic it has also helped shed light on Ron Paul. But, yes it was a Ron Paul inspired deal.
I still think we should do a real one. Throw cigarettes or FRNs or something that would really get some attention.
The original tea party was not a bunch of sandwich-eating fat guys in yellow t-shirts griping about King George, it was a band of ticked-off patriots who kicked George in the nuts and took money out of the empire's pocket--that's activism!