'Audit the IRS' Tea Party rally set for today on Capitol Hill
The Tea Party stars will be out this afternoon on the west lawn of the Capitol building when tens of thousands are expected to attend a rally protesting IRS targeting of conservative groups.
"Audit the IRS' rally will feature notable speakers like Glenn Beck, Rand Paul, and Michele Bachmann. Glenn Beck made a pitch for his listeners to attend on his radio show yesterday:
Beck urged his listeners to attend the event, saying it was his first time asking supporters to join him in Washington since his 2010 "Restoring Honor" rally.
"We're on the Titanic. Not all of us are going to make it. And unless you have some urgency, we're all going to die," Beck said.
Really? Better check my lifejacket.
Actually, the event promises to be the biggest Tea Party demonstration since 2010:
"At noon tomorrow, we are going to tell the world about how the IRS tried to crush the Tea Party movement," organizers with the Tea Party Patriots organization said in an email to supporters.
"Thousands of volunteers will rally in the largest demonstration of Tea Party support since 2010."
Others expected to appear at the rally include Republican senators like Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp are also on the schedule.
A number of representatives from local tea party groups who claim to have been unfairly targeted by the IRS are also expected to partake in the rally.
Groups like the Tea Party Patriots, which is organizing Wednesday's rally, frequently sponsored similar protests in 2010, when the tea party movement was at its height.
Those sorts of rallies are not nearly as frequent anymore. But organizers are betting they can draw a crowd.
"We have been coordinating buses to the very last minute, and the plans for our stage and massive sound system are all set. We need to make sure these Washington cronies can hear us!" the organizers said.