Where Have All the Tea Partyers Gone?

April 2011

Tax day is finally here, and this year's filing deadline extension kept some tea partyers around the state busy throughout the weekend, although fewer revelers turned out compared to last year. The Southern Colorado Tea Party rallied in Pueblo on Friday, drawing around 120 people, about a third of the previous year's total (Chieftan). And while organizers of the third annual Loveland Tax Day Tea Party expected more than 1,000 on Saturday, only about 150-200 showed up (Loveland Reporter-Herald). Still, the gathering boasted some prominent conservatives, like former U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck (Westword).

Speakers in every participating city—from Denver (with video from the Post) to Glenwood Springs—lobbed verbal bombs at Democrats, government spending, and President Barack Obama, and Buck used the occasion to sound off on a balanced-budget amendment, as well as defend proposed budget cuts to Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency.

So, why the low turnout this year? Left-leaning Colorado Pols attempts to answer that question.