Politico and the Washington Post report that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will meet with 50 Tea Party activists today on Capitol Hill.
Politico's Vogel writes that "Tuesday will mark the first large-scale get-together between the national party and grass-roots activists from a wide array of regional tea party groups." But some "tea partiers have pushed back against Republican groups wrapping themselves in the movement's flag. Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the umbrella group Tea Party Patriots, remembers asking the Republican Governors Association to drop the 'tea party' name from a tele-town hall effort with governors popular in the tea party crowd."
The Washington Post's Rucker similarly writes, "The afternoon meeting on Capitol Hill will mark the first time that a broad coalition of tea party organizers -- who have railed against both the Democratic and the Republican establishments -- will sit down with GOP leaders… The organizers meeting with Steele and his top RNC lieutenants represent about 30 tea party groups nationwide, from Connecticut to South Carolina to Texas." More: But Floridian Karin Hoffman of Tea Party group DC Works for Us "said some other leaders of tea party groups declined her invitation to meet with Steele, saying they 'distrust' the Republican Party leadership. 'The trust has to be earned,' she said."
The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the Tea Party movement.
By the way, Mitt Romney was attacked on an Air Canada flight for reportedly asking a "passenger sitting in front of his wife to raise his seat during takeoff after the passenger had reclined it. The man allegedly became violent and took a swing. 'Governor Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident,' Fehrnstrom said in a statement to The Boston Globe… The pilot returned to the gate, and his alleged attacker was removed from the plane by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."
And Sarah Palin, the Fox News contributor, was back on Facebook with a post slamming "Fox Hollywood" for a Family Guy episode, which "appeared to mock her developmentally-disabled son Trig," the New York Post writes. (Who knew Palin watched Family Guy?)
The New York Daily News writes it this way: "Looks like Peter Griffin's rattled the Mama Grizzly Bear's cage."