As you all know, Iowa carries a bit more than it's own political weight due to it's first-in-nation caucus status. In addition to being well known as a swing state (voting for Obama in 08, Bush in 04, Kerry in 00, Clinton in 96 and 92, etc.), and a leading state on many issues (Gay Rights) Iowa has long been considered to be the first real test of a Presidential Candidate's chances, and has on more than one occasion made or broken the chances for one candidate or another's presidential bid. Recently, the Des Moines Register (left/liberal leaning organization), did some surveying in Iowa to gauge the interest in the Iowa Tea Party Movement to try and get a better understanding for the movement, who it involves, and who it might affect. The results exceeded even my expectations for Iowa even though several nationwide surveys found similar results, and the non-existent "Tea Party" even beat the Republicans in a Three-Way-Generic-Ballot a few months ago. Anyway, my point isn't to change anyone's mind and attempt to bring you over to the 'my side' on the issues, but I do think it's time that the lefties on this forum and everywhere, especially those who refuse to get their media from more than a few particular sources which match their worldview, to stand up and admit that there's something real behind the Tea Parties... that it's not a bunch of "Racist Tea Baggers" as Garaffalo and Olberman would have you believe. Stand up and Admit that Arianna Huffington is right when she says that while the fringe elements of the tea party movement may be garnering the biggest headlines, the group is based on substantive/legitimate concerns. Are 1/3 of Iowans "Tea Bagging racists"? Even the ones who are self-proclaimed Democrats? The Tea Party seems to be trying to pull the Republicans back to their small-government principles, including less concern with citizen's pesonal lives, and a stronger stance in support of a non-interventionalist foreign policy. Is this a bad thing? You can't keep spouting off the same bull crap lines that all of these people are ignorant racist rednecks... because in addition to being ridiculous, you're making them want to fight harder. Sure, you can go through the hundreds of thousands of protestors and find a few distasteful signs... but you know as well as I do that they are the outliers. They aren't the norm. Perhaps we should shame the entire Gay Rights movement because of the actions of a few? Or the "Right to Choice" movement because a few idiots breaking the law? Anxious to see an honest conversation here about the Tea Party movement, why it's growing so rapidly and seems to interest such a wide variety of people from all political and social backgrounds. I'd like to see the name calling and unnecessary inflammatory comments out of this thread if at all possible. Please keep your comments to political and philosophical analysis of the movement instead of defaming a few of the non-representative participants. Do you think the movement will benefit Republicans, or splinter the party ensuring Democrat Success? Who's right, Arianna Huffington or Iowa Senator Harkin (D) who has a nice juicy comment at the bottom of the article? Will the movement continue to grow, or begin to fizzle? Will Obama's attempt at becoming more populist on certain issues (asking for a spending freeze) make him more popular with this movement? Will anyone move to become the leader of this movement? If so, will it be a social conservative Republican like Sarah Palin, or a more pure-Libertarian like Ron Paul? Will the members of this group ever trust the Republican party again after George Bush caused so much governmental growth and spending during his term? I'm assuming so, but how long will it take? Will "the lesser of two evils" continue to dominate American politics in the two-party system?