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Tax Day Tea Party Shuns Washington This Year

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Tea party activists were out in full force to protest the government at a national rally on Tax Day in 2010. But this year, tea party leaders are admitting it’s harder to protest when Republicans control the House and they are refocusing the movement to look ahead to the 2012 presidential race.

“If we only held rallies, I don’t think that we’d actually achieve anything other than people making their voices heard,” said Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for the Patriots. “It takes action after the rally to change the debate.”

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