Fresh off the heels of their first-ever convention that was supposed to unveil a "national strategy for grassroots organizing," the Tea Party movement has signaled its next move in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Conservative activist Ryan Hecker, a member of the movement, said the group plans to use the internet to develop a "Contract from America." Aided by former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, he is now gathering ideas that he will submit for an online vote and come up with 10-12 principles that will be publically unveiled on Tax Day, April 15, according to media reports.
"You are going to be held accountable by us," he told ABC, adding that Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike will be invited to sign it.
Given the movement’s opposition to the government’s fiscal policy, Republicans are likely to be the major beneficiaries of what is rapidly becoming a significant force on the political scene, one that has been quick to embrace technological tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
USA Today pointed to its swift involvement in the Massachusetts special election when opinion polls showed Republican Scott Brown had a chance to win over Democrat Martha Coakley. They also organized a rally at the Capitol just hours before President Obama’s State of the Union address to protest the healthcare plan.
However, Hecker says the movement’s desire to see congressional term limits may set it on a collision course with the Republicans, according to ABC.