WASHINGTON — Battling the notion that the tea party is dying or already dead, 100 tea party activists from across the country met in Washington over the weekend to discuss how the once-vibrant grassroots movement could remain relevant.
The status of the tea party is up for debate. Critics of the tea party cite President Obama’s re-election and the fact that his signature health-care law is still intact as evidence that it has failed as an organized movement has failed, and its influence has been severely diminished.
But others – including conservative activist Grover Norquist – argue the country may see a tea party resurgence if the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff and automatic tax hikes go into effect at the end of the year.