Could have fooled me. I saw a Tea Party rally in Houston earlier in the year, and I saw it in person at Memorial Park. There were at least 200 people there, and there could have been more. I did not see a single sign at that rally that didn't question Obama's citizenship, or his being a Communist or a Nazi, or executing the elderly with death panels, or being anti-American, or hating the troops. I even saw one sign that had a map of Africa, and the caption read "Obama Go Home". There were more signs that promoted Texas seceding from the Union, and recreating the Republic of Texas. You want to tell me what is moderate, or independent, about any of this? There was even a small group of about half a dozen people wearing KKK sheets, but they were told to leave. I will give the Tea Partiers credit for that. But, after what I saw, I just don't see how some people can call this mainstream at all. From what I saw, I can repeat with confidence that the Tea Partiers are the same as Code Pink, only they are on the opposite side of the spectrum. At least that is how they looked in Houston. I can't speak for places like NYC, Boston, Atlanta, or other major cities, though. Someone else will have to do that. But, here in Houston, they are a very radical and extremist bunch.