Nightly News   |  February 06, 2010

Tea Partiers look to shakeup U.S. politics

Hundreds of activists – and followers of the movement’s de facto leader, Sarah Palin – are gathering in Nashville, looking to send a message to Washington. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> we can't look backwards.

>> while in nashville another political gathering with a marquee name. it's the national tea party convention, a coming together of conservative groups who have been holding rallies across the nation. as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, it's another big moment for sarah palin .

>> the former president of the united states !

>> reporter: they're angry, they're frustrated, and they want to send a message to washington . gathered in nashville , hundreds of tea party activists.

>> usa! usa!

>> reporter: and followers of the movement's de facto leader, sarah palin .

>> i like that she's real, that she seems authentic.

>> i love her perspective on the government.

>> i'm very enchanted with sarah palin . i think she speaks the truth.

>> reporter: palin is getting $100,000 to speak here but says she'll plow the fee back into the movement.

>> oh, you betcha i'm going to be there. i'm going to speak there because there are people traveling from many miles away to hear what the tea party movement is all about and what that message is that should be received by our politicians in washington .

>> reporter: all addtion to the multimedia magic of palin, inc. the book tour, facebook messages, tweets. and without leaving her wasilla kitchen appearances on fox tv . but the high ticket price to attend the nashville meeting, $549, caused two other conservative speakers, congresswoman michelle bachman and marcia blackburn, to cancel.

>> the proib think starts off calling it a national tea party convention when a lot of tea party activists from around the country aren't going to be there, can't afford to go, and really don't have anything to do with it.

>> reporter: but organizers are making plans to force the republican party to the right, launching a political action committee to support more conservative candidates.

>> our government has got to stop not listening to us. people are angry about that. this is a representative government . the majority today is not being heard.

>> reporter: they've already changed history in massachusetts, helping to propel scott brown to the senate. and the tea party is having a big impact in florida and texas, where sarah palin will campaign tomorrow. the only question is whether a group of rebels against the party system can organize well enough to take it over. andrea mitchell , nbc news, washington .