Tea Party Boston
Submitted By Todd on April 12th at 5:09pm
Will you be there Wednesday, on Boston Common, for the Tea Party Express rolling into town? I'll be speaking, as will Sarah Palin. Here's Globe coverage, intermingled with a new health care poll from Rasmussen.
The eyes of local political activists of all stripes will be focused on Boston Common this Wednesday as Sarah Palin comes to town for the second to last stop of the Tea Party Express nationwide tour. The rally, organized by the Greater Boston Tea Party, will include speeches by local talk radio hosts Todd Feinburg of WRKO and Michael Graham of WTKK.
Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of U.S. voters who strongly favor repeal.
In 2009 over 1,000 people were estimated to have attended the tea party on Boston Common during tax week. They were treated to speakers like State Senator Bob Hedlund, Chip Faulkner of Citizens for Limited Taxation, and libertarian activist Carla Howell who when combined don't have the star wattage of Palin. With her headlining the event attendance is expected to be much higher. Recently elected Senator Scott Brown, who received a major financial boost from tea party activists around the country, is not attending the event.The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters nationwide finds 38% still oppose repeal, including 32% who strongly oppose it.There is a push for people to disrupt the events by bringing signs like "I Obey the Chip in My Head!" and "Glenn Beck for Pope!" The Boston disruption event, mostly organized through Facebook, doesn't appear to have much traction: their web page only has 30 fans. Boston isn't the only place in Massachusetts where there will be tax protests this week. The Worcester Tea Party is hosting a tea party in Lincoln Square on Thursday. Howell, who is heading up a ballot initiative to cut the state sales tax in half, is slated to speak in Worcester. The Greater Lowell Tea Party has scheduled a tea party in Lowell on Thursday at City Hall Plaza.