Old School

Boston Tea Party Revived

As part of their carefully wrought campaign to erase the President Bush's profligate spending habits from the country's memory, conservative Republicans have launched a wave of historic reenactments to express their discontent. Beginning this weekend and continuing through April, protesters will gather at city halls and senators' offices around the country to invoke the founding fathers in their attempt to buck government spending once and for all (just as long as it is committed by a Democratic administration). The tea parties, inspired by CNBC analyst Rick Santelli's rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange after Congress passed President Obama's stimulus package, will in some cases include actual bags of tea—Pittsburgh revolters plan on hurling one tea bag each into the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers—and, in other cases, just a lot of yelling.