What is the origin of the Tea Party movement?
The protests began with bloggers in Seattle, Wash., who organized a demonstration on Feb. 16. As word of this spread, rallies in Denver and Mesa, Ariz., were quickly organized for the next day. Then came CNBC talker Rick Santelli
Is there an official National Tea Party?
No, not at this time.
Do I have to be a Republican to be a part of the Tea Party?
The Tea Party is not affiliated with any political party, nor is it a political party itself.