Monday, January 17, 2011

Just Three for Tea in the Senate, But Tea Party Holds Balance of Power in the House

New Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has organized a Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. Senate. He will be joined for tea on January 27 by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and Utah Senator Mike Lee.

If Senator Paul can convince Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Florida Senator Marco Rubio to join them, they can upgrade from a table to a booth at IHOP, where they serve both hot tea and iced tea.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann organized a Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives last July. Wikipedia lists 52 members in the House but that does not appear to count newly elected members.

Will the Tea Party Caucus stick together? With 12% to 18% in the House, the Tea Party Caucus can effectively block legislation. Without them, Republicans do not have a majority. That means the Tea Party replaces the Conservative Democrat Blue Dogs in holding the balance of power.

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