Tea Party Faces Off With Protesters in Wisconsin

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Anti-Walker protester. Photo: Getty Images

Tea party activists headed to Wisconsin today to defend Governor Scott Walker, but the party members were outnumbered by tens of thousands demonstrating against Walker's proposed legislation to roll back pay, benefits, and bargaining rights of state workers. The bill's opponents marched counterclockwise around the state capitol chanting "kill the bill" and "Fox News lies," while tea party activists shouted "recall them all," referring to the Obama-backed Democratic state senators who fled to a Best Western in Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum needed for the proposal to be voted on. That said, the atmosphere at the protests was reportedly "peaceful and friendly." Practically a nice time!

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