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Time for Tea

Channeling the 1773 pre-Revolutionary War protests in Boston, Massachusetts, hundreds of tea party protests have taken place across the United States today in a nationwide backlash against excessive government spending and bailouts. The protests were timed to coincide with tax deadline day.
Conservatives are heralding the organizing as an example of powerful grassroots activism, using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word. Many are describing the movement as the face of the “new” Republican Party.
Meanwhile, Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and the other, erm, browner face of the “new” GOP, announced last week that, like all ambitious pols in the Era of Obama, he is writing a book aboutwhat else?himself. Tentative publication date is 2010, just in time for Jindal to make what’s widely anticipated to be a run at the GOP nomination for President.
The White House is countering the protests by reminding the American public that President Obama included tax cuts in his administration’s stimulus package.
Watch this space for Beltway commentary tomorrow from D.C. pundit Frank Miccicheof the New America Foundation on what we should all be making of Obama’s recent statements about the health of the U.S. economy (and the economy’s inconvenient refusal to cooperatecourtesy dismal March retail sales) plus the administration’s recent decision to throw the books of 19 of America’s biggest banks open to the public.