The tea party is not just a bunch of conservative pissed off redneck, the tea party is actually a liberal party. A classical liberal party. Liberal means "liberty" and that's means freedom, and that is what the tea party means. The United States view of liberal is allowing people to have sex, even if it's gay, or a threesome, or whatever, whenever they please. They are big on drugs and that stuff, but they don't believe in true economic freedom. The liberals are the ones that are not truly "liberal" and they are taking away our economic freedoms for a replacement of other "rights".
Your typical member of the tea party is truly you average working class American. They want their money and they want to be paid fully for what they work for, instead of spreading the wealth to unmarried pregnant teenagers on weed who live in California who are pretending to be bisexual.
Tea party = Average working American citizen