Michele Bachmann's now an official 'Tea Party Hero'

Michele Bachmann's now an official 'Tea Party Hero'
Photo: Nick Vlcek

Surprised? Thought not. The Tea Party Express published its hit list today -- no Minnesotans are on it -- as well as its list of heroes.

House Candidate And Incumbent Heroes

  • Tom McClintock (R-CA)
  • Tom Price (R-GA)
  • Walt Minnick (D-ID)
  • Mike Pence (R-IN)
  • Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Some context: The Tea Party Express -- unlike the Tea Party Patriots -- isn't exactly a grass-roots outfit. In fact, it's the creation of a Republican consulting firm. Also, these folks appear to be a clear minority species of political animal. A poll published yesterday finds that:

The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.

The same poll found that most of the Taxed Enough Already Party folks -- 52 percent -- think their tax burden is fair.

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