‘Tea party’ steeped in confusion

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Purveyors of fine tea and tea enthusiasts in general find themselves steeped in a linguistic shift, their beloved beverage now associated with a conservative political movement routinely praised or pilloried on talk radio and cable news shows.

Tea enthusiast Tony Gebely, who owns an online tea business, said he recently sent tea samples to a prospective client in Memphis, Tenn., who is starting a business called the Memphis Tea Party. He searched that on Google and came up with nothing but news of [intlink id=”618595″ type=”post”]political rallies[/intlink] and links to a Memphis tea party organization.

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