Posted by Brian Darling

Friday, January 28th at 12:30PM EST

The first ever meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus was convened yesterday on Capitol Hill and it was a great success.  The left wing media is doing everything they can to demonize the Tea Party movement.  It is not going to work.

The Heritage Foundation sent a camera and here is a video of the proceedings for those who could not make the first meeting which was open to the public.

Here is the opening paragraph of the Washington Post story today.

The Republican senators who rode the tea party wave to victory in the fall are now weighing whether that label will help them on Capitol Hill or become a scarlet letter.

Why would being a member of the Tea Party be a “scarlet letter?”  I think Tea Party members agree that there is infighting between the major Tea Party groups, but the Tea Party movement is unified by an ideology.  All Tea Party groups want to shrink the size and scope of the federal government.

The Washington Post reported that three Senators elected by the Tea Party movement have yet to join the caucus.

Thursday offered the first clear illustration of their situation as the newly formed Senate Tea Party Caucus held its inaugural meeting without three of the senators who won election under the tea party banner.

Those three are Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).  That should not be an indication that there is a boycott by conservatives of the Tea Party Caucus.  It is an indication that these members are more cautious and not ready to embrace the idea of a Tea Party Caucus just yet.  These members should be judged on the basis of whether they support the Tea Party agenda.  Don’t let the liberal Washington Post create a schism between the Tea Party Caucus and these more cautious members of the conservative movement.

Read more at RedState.com

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