The tea party is preparing to celebrate its fifth anniversary, timed to recall the epic rant by CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli on Feb. 19, 2009, from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. At the height of President Obama's mortgage bailout, he called for the formation of a new tea party-style revolution.
The Tea Party Patriots have already organized a substantial day-long gathering on Feb. 27 in the nation's capital, to be headlined by radio host and best-selling author Mark Levin, who is quite ready to rumble.
"The tea party, which consists of millions of hard-working taxpayers, is to be celebrated not condemned," Mr. Levin declares. "The ruling class must be trounced and its media cheerleaders must be exposed if the republic is to survive. The tea party is hope, he said.
Among the many joining him on the dais: Republicans Sen. Mike Lee of Utah plus Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Matt Salmon of Arizona.
Organizers have a sense of history as well. Also on hand: Keli Carender, who put together the first tea party protest 72 hours before Mr. Santelli's game-changing declarations plus Breitbart.com contributor Michael Patrick Leahy, first to coordinate efforts among various tea party leaders.
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