BOISE, Idaho — When the Idaho Tea Party movement began a year ago, three people were present, protesting federal bailouts at Boise's Capitol Park.
Motorists honked, a few stopped to chat. An unknown man grabbed a picket sign, making a quartet. At the time, many dismissed tea partyers as nutballs hyped up on too much Fox News who would soon crawl back under rocks.
The pundits and politicians got it wrong.
The first Boise event led to an April 15 march that brought 2,500 people to the same spot. At least nine groups have been formed across Idaho, including Tea Party Boise, which claims 2,000 members.
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