Friday, March 19, 2010

Tea parties take two tracks to stop Obamacare

Two tea party groups took radically different approaches to stop health care Tuesday. At an event near the Senate reminiscent of last year's major rallies, activists listened to Republican firebrands such as Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and held signs that said things like "Obama bin lyin' again." A handful wore colorful costumes. Across the Hill, a much smaller group of well-dressed activists drilled on talking points while they navigated the labrynthine halls of the House in attempts to meet with their representatives. Both groups shared a common goal: Stop the Democratic health care overhaul that will likely come up for a vote before the end of the week. But their radically different strategies reflected a growing split among organizers of the grassroots conservative movement on how to move forward. The Tea Party Express, a small group of radio personalities and entertainers, set up the more colorful rally as a way to draw the faithful to Washington this more

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