If the tea party is really the Tea Party then tell me where they were on the ballot. Every other Party was.
How can you be a political party in the USA when you
1- do not compete on the ballot
2- do not have candidates running under the label of your party
3- have no regular organization to promote your candidates
You can call something anything you want to call it but that does not make it so.
A Boston cream pie is still a cake and not a pie. Any baker can tell you that.
You can call it a Tea Party if it pleases you but it is clearly not one.
Look, I get it.... I get that the name is what is it and people use it knowing what it is. Its just not a proper usage of the term and belies what it is. Its a pet peeve of mine. there is no freakin' Tea Party. Maybe I feel so strongly about this because I dearly wish there were a functioning and real Tea Party instead of a faux polulist movement on the rightwing of the actual Republican Party