Last year, in an interview with National Review, then-candidate Rand Paul floated the idea of a Tea Party Caucus:
If he wins in November, he says, he is interested in helping to form a new “nucleus” of conservatives in the Senate — a “tea-party caucus.”
“I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up,” Paul says. “If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus.…Term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, having bills point to where they are enumerated in the Constitution — those issues resonate with the tea party. I know Republicans are trying to get something going, and I don’t know their list, but if I had a contract with America, these things would be in it. These are not radical ideas — they are reform-minded, good-government ideas.”
This morning, it meets for the first time. Its slate of speakers includes Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.), Grover Norquist, and Ginni Thomas, among others.