Tea Party ActivistsRichard Cohen

Anger is the primary motivation behind the Tea Party, but that is not an unusual trait among political movements of the past. Even Obama’s campaign for hope and change was one step away from anger. What unifies the Tea Party today and contributes to its nebulous nature is the internet. Obama can not engage a political enemy that is so hard to identify (a search by The Post turned up only 647 of the alleged 2300 local Tea Party groups). Cohen notes that it is not unlike trying to do battle with the elusive Taliban.

Cohen is a weekly columnist for The Post, writing on domestic and foreign politics.

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