Members of the Bloomington Tea Party are headed to Washington to take part in a national tax policy protest. The DC based policy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing the march. Group Vice President Allan Cobb says the center of the Tea Party movement is this kind of local grassroots advocacy.
Indiana University professor of Political Science Margaret Hershey has studied the Tea Party movement. She does question the direct impact of the Tea Party. “Whether being organized and having rallies with people dressed up in Uncle Sam suits will make a difference is very difficult to say” Hershey says. “I’m not sure there is a lot of value added to that.”
About sixty people attended a speaking engagement prior to the bus’s departure.