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January 28, 2011

First Senate Tea Party Caucus, Such As It Was

(F)or now, at least … outnumbered by the Coast Guard Caucus.

from: ‘Tea party’ gathering a tepid draw among senators (LAT)

Well, the election is over, so thanks for the revolution?

Given the circumstances, Rand Paul should be thanking the media for such a strong visual, the first Senate Tea Party Caucus featuring members flanked by their citizen-soldiers on the floor of this hearing room.  Of course, it’s a much better shot than this meager image, given that the Caucus, when push came to shove (or, more accurately, didn’t come to shove) only turned out four members, Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joining Paul and DeMint.  (Apparently, Toomey stuck his nose in the room, then vanished, Johnson of Wisconsin had a note from his mom, and Marco was seen running as fast as he could the other way.) A hat tip to DeMint, by the way — ever the patient warrior, I guess — for counter-programming all the red ties, shirts and sweaters with the touch of ochre.

Despite any sarcasm though, I’ll refrain from drawing any grand conclusions here, because they scored a good picture, they do have a foothold in the building, and they’ve got “Paul the fearless,” front and center, as their unabashed golden boy.

If you do happen to prefer your view from further left, however, check out the more snark-infused snapshot at our new “quick takes” Tumblr site.

Slideshow: U.S. Senate Members Hold Inaugural Tea Party Caucus Meeting (Zimbio)

(slightly revised 1/30)

(photo: Photo by Win McNamee. caption: U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) (L) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) join Tea Party supporters in saying the Pledge of Allegiance during the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus January 27, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The senators gathered with supporters to discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, bringing an end to the U.S. budget deficit and limiting the size and scope of the federal government.)

  • black dog barking

    A tree falls in the forest …

    • …&

      …one-hand claps

  • cmac

    DeMint’s hand is over his stomach rather than his heart. Is he unclear on anatomy? Does he have a belly ache? Is his heart low, or are his shoulders just high?

  • Gasho

    The cuts this group proposes are unrealistic — UNTIL you remember the theory of the Overton Window.

    Let us not forget the tools being used in these policy fights!! We have to be at least smart enough to recognize the simple stuff.

  • momly

    That “misplaced heart” thing seems to be everywhere. Maybe people just can’t quite reach that far.

    The room seems unsettled; people are focused in different places, expressions are not uniform, one woman is holding up some sort of recording device, the only one who is stone cold sober is Paul.

    • cmac

      And I’m not sure Paul’s soberness is a good thing…

  • jmac

    A motley crew.

  • peter Hollander

    Looks like a misbegotten jury pool on a Monday morning.

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