Adherents of the Tea Party movement have no concrete political agenda and they have little to celebrate since their party is not a full party but a coalition that is there is to advance its list of items. The people responsible for supporting and financing the Tea Party are wealthier than the general population and less susceptible to losing status. Tea Party supporters are generally more conservative than many conservative Republicans. Statistically, according to Williamson, Skocpol, and Coggin (2011), looking at the level of support for the Tea Party, research has shown that 70-75 of supporters are over the age of 45; 80-90% is categorized as White; and 55 to 60 percent constituting men.
Tea Party members lack centralized leadership, are nebulous or unstructured, and are often led by political amateurs. According to Williamson, Skocpol, and Coggin (2011), the Tea Party restructured after the humiliating 2008 election by rising up to meet their expectations in the small town of Brockton, in Massachusetts. In opposition to government hardheadedness, Tea Partiers converged in drives in
Obama signed into law into what became known as the Affordable Care and Patient
Protection Act. Tea Partiers have been using derogatory language to ridicule
Obama’s economic agenda. ‘Porkulus’, a term resurrected by Tea Partiers to show
significant opposition to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also
known as stimulus, has become the party’s rallying cry (Williamson, Skocpol,
& Coggin, 2011). The Tea Party is driven by partisan politics and that
there is little evidence to show that it is in the forefront of changing
American living conditions for the better. Stockton
Williamson, V., Skocpol, P. & Coggin, J. (2011). The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Perspectives on Politics, Volume 9, No. 1.