The Tea Party is Dead. Good Riddance.

On February 19, 2009, CNBC editor Rick Santelli, stood on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and went on a tirade against the Homeowners Affordability and Stability Plan, which bailed out individuals who had (mostly) knowingly entered terrible mortgages and could not pay them off.

Santelli was so outraged he predicted a “Chicago Tea Party” would rise up.