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Tea Party Nation convention in Vegas postponed

By Amy Gardner
Tea Party Nation, the conservative organizer that put on the first big tea party convention in Nashville earlier this year, has postponed its upcoming convention in Las Vegas, which had been scheduled for mid-July.

Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, said the group will try to reschedule the convention in October. He said many activists were interested in attending, but many also said they would not be able to come in July, when Las Vegas is likely to be baking in 100-degree-plus weather. (On Tuesday, Vegas was expected to hit a high of 106 degrees. But remember, it's a dry heat!)

Phillips would not say how many people signed up to attend the convention, to which he'd hoped to attract as many as 2,000 participants. He said it would be inaccurate to say that the convention was being canceled due to lack of interest. Among the speakers who had been booked for the event were Andrew Breitbart, Lou Dobbs, Sharron Angle, Laura Ingraham and Tom Tancredo.

"The interest was there, but not for this particular window," Phillips said. "We looked at the ultimate goal, which was to drive up unity and turnout in advance of the election. Coming up closer to the election, we'll just have more of an impact."

The group's Nashville convention drew criticism both inside and outside the tea party movement in part because the cost to participate was high ($549, plus fees, hotel and transportation) and in part because of the exorbitant speaking fee given to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin ($100,000).

Another tea party organizer, FreedomWorks, chose not to participate in the July convention in part because of that controversy. It is unknown whether Freedomworks will partner with Tea Party Nation if the convention is held in October.

By Amy Gardner  |  June 29, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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The Republican clean-up crew is in the process of sanitizing Sharron Angle's political potty-mouth. They are having a difficult time. The garbage has deep roots.

Now they realize Sharron Angle will have to revert back to her potty-mouth remarks if she appears at the Tea Party Nation meeting because these wing nuts are her base and she is expected to whisper in their ears the sweet-nothings they fall asleep listening to at night.

The clean-up crew can only do so much. Hence the decision postpone the convention. Sharron does not have to back out of attending and risk the ire of her base and the clean-up crew can get back to work on a particularly difficult assignment.

The Bard had it right all those years ago: 'Oh What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.'

Do you think he saw the Republicans coming?

Posted by: apspa1 | June 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Looks like too many baggers saw Judson Phillips' mind-boggling Washington Post chat transcript and no longer wish to associate with that raving nutbag.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

mattintx: The Party or the Organization is that physical entity subject to laws, etc... Somewhat what a Corporation is. The voters have the concept. Yes, they do indeed! and in November their votes will be felt left and right, not because they really know for sure what they want to do but because they are so frustrated with what is being done.

Posted by: worldweary2 | June 29, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

mattintx: The Party or the Organization is that physical entity subject to laws, etc... Somewhat what a Corporation is. The voters have the concept. Yes, they do indeed! and in November their votes will be felt left and right, not because they really know for sure what they want to do but because they are so frustrated with what is being done.

Posted by: worldweary2 | June 29, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

If it's just a concept and not a physical entity, then it doesn't have voters either, does it?

Posted by: mattintx | June 29, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is a concept and not a physical entity that has conventions. Once you have a convention you are organized and that is a non-sequitur to a movement that feature so many ideas and ways to get away from the very "organized" entities that strive for power above country, i.e. political parties.

Posted by: worldweary2 | June 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Baked Alaska...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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