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Reading the tea leaves

The Tea party has focused public anger at Obama's reforms and forced the political establishment to take note in the run-up to the midterm elections. But is it any more than a knee-jerk response to a Democrat president?

By James Crabtree   November 2010

Very conventional: in Michigan, a Tea Party alliance member votes for a candidate to run in the midterm elections on 2nd November

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On 12th September 2009, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a “taxpayer march” in Washington, DC. Many of them brandished signs: “Socialism is not the answer,” one read, using the style of Barack Obama’s campaign livery. Others painted Obama as the Joker from the Batman movies. Still more quoted the founding fathers, or the US constitution. Handmade, multicoloured, sometimes…

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