It's the Club for Growth !
The Tea Party isn't an actual organization. That makes pinning it down hard.
It's popular these days to blame the Tea Party for handing the Republicans their ass in the recent election. While that's fun, it's not very productive. One of the biggest reasons is that there really isn't a "Tea Party" so you find yourself shooting at shadows. There isn't even a clear definition of what kinds of values the Tea Party stands for. As Wikipedia notes, "The movement is generally considered to be partly conservative, partly libertarian, and partly populist." No wonder Romney thought he could get away with being all things to all people!
The image they like to project is the Boston Tea Party, which was basically a riot that destroyed goods owned by one of the largest corporations of the day, the British East India Tea Company. The rioters were mad because they liked buying illegal tea smuggled from the Dutch at cheaper prices. (Hey! These might be my kind of people after all!) You could, of course, tell that story in different ways, but since this is an article about Republican politics, I thought a half-truth would be appropriate.
Today's "Tea Party" political movement has no organizational core. (They're actually a lot like their opposite, the Occupy Wall Street movement, in their lack of formal organization.) Various polling organizations have tried to figure out who they are with very mixed success.
As a proud, card-carrying Liberal, it's important to me to figure out who they are so I can demonize and denigrate them. I now have a candidate.
If you're as old as I am, then you're familiar with the concept that everything is controlled by an evil, shadowy organization somewhere. Sometimes it's the Illuminati; sometimes the Rosicrucians. Novelist Dan Brown said it was Opus Dei. That organization is actually The Club for Growth. Count Chocola (pseudonym: Chris Chocola) has to have his suits made by Italian monks to hide his forked tail. They even have a program to indoctrinate the young into evil with Count Chocula cereal.
Seriously, these guys are the core of everything bad about the Tea Party and then some. The Daily Beast has more in an article Compromise Is a Dirty Word for Club for Growth.
"Why would you do that?" Chocola said about Obama's call to raise taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. "It is not a solution. We wouldn't support that, because it doesn't do anything."
It would raise revenue we need to keep our country going. And it would be a start - just a start, I have in mind much more - toward rebalancing the scales so the rich pay their way.