Has the Tea Party Run Out of Steam?

E.J. Dionne talks to Molly Ball about the group's ongoing influence and its true motivations.

tea-party.jpgReuters

Notes from the Aspen Ideas Festival -- See full coverage

A couple of years ago, they were everywhere -- in headlines, on Fox News, on the sides of the road wearing colonial hats and waving "Don't Tread on Me" flags. These days, the Tea Party isn't quite as omnipresent. But as Molly Ball asks the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, is that because the movement has run its course -- or because its members are now in the houses of government, influencing the Republican Party from the inside?

In this video from the Aspen Ideas Festival, Dionne explains what the Tea Party is up to now, and how it continues to shape the American Right. He also explains the movement's origins -- as a reaction to the election of Barack Obama, but also to the unpopular presidency of George W. Bush.




Presented by

The Man Who Owns 40,000 Video Games

A short documentary about an Austrian gamer with an uncommon obsession

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Politics

Just In