Tea Party

"Tea Party" has been used a total of 209 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: If there was an award for hottest newcomer on the political stage, the Tea Party would be the odds-on-favorite this year. Is the Tea Party a boon for Republicans because of its supporters' enthusiasm or a drag because Democrats will try to paint it as the GOP's "extremist" wing?

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Charlie Crist (I)


  • Last 7 days: 2 uses (up 200% over last week)
  • Overall: 5 uses since Aug. 30

Roy Blunt (R)


  • Last 7 days: 2 uses (up 200% over last week)
  • Overall: 2 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 4 uses (down 64% from last week)
  • Overall: 107 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 11 uses (down 21% from last week)
  • Overall: 149 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "Tea Party"

...the state and his voice calls for moderation."Philadelphia Daily News: Joe Sestak for Senate"Toomey is among many Republican and tea party candidates espousing small government without being specific about what that really means. ... Retired admiral Sestak has the kind...

Joe Sestak , via RSS (October 27)

...both houses. But while that was easily achieved four times in the past two decades, some analysts said this year's tea party movement - not to mention the 2006 property tax cuts that weren't funded - could spook Republicans who once...

Bill White, via RSS (October 26)

...Joe Sestak crashes the tea party - "The fact is, Sestak's the outsider and Toomey's the one working for the elites"...

Joe Sestak , via Facebook (October 25)

...ICYMI: Joe #Sestak crashes the tea party: http://bit.ly/94DMlu #toomey #p2...

Joe Sestak , via Twitter (October 25)

...two years ago, at the precise moment Perriello was declared victor in the 5th Congressional District. Republicans, and later their tea party arm, vowed to get the district back, and have since poured in liberal portions of money and misinformation. Perriello...

Tom Perriello, via RSS (October 24)

...the Tea Party. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/14/2010]

From the Today Show:

Matt Lauer: You have a good deal of backing from the tea party. Dick Armey, who’s one of the organizers of that party has told the story. He says when George W....

Joe Sestak , via RSS (October 21)

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