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Are 'Tea Parties' Real Politics? Can They Make a Difference?

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One element of the "tea party" movement will stage a national convention next month where it’ll cost $549 to hear Sarah Palin make the keynote speech. Will the event help to organize a disparate political movement or alienate grassroots protesters who don’t have that kind of money? Who are the tea-partiers, anyway? Also, Also, the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trail begins in federal court, and President Obama says "the book is closed," but Republicans accuse Senate Democrat Harry Reid of a "racist" comment.

Banner image: 'Tea Party' conservatives joined doctors and other medical professionals to protest against Congress' and President Barack Obama's healthcare reform efforts during a rally at the US Captiol September 10, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody