You met an individual the other day. You did not meet the Tea Party representative. Individuals have differing opinions and attitudes. In general, a party holds a particular set of attitudes and values that may or may not apply to all the individuals who belong to the party. You cannot assume that because an individual claims to be a part of a particular party, that he holds the same values as the party in general. The individual you met was an idiot, not a "Tea Party guy."