Rise of an Epithet by Jay Nordlinger on National Review / Digital <excerpt> The first big day for this movement was Tax Day, April 15. And organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was Tea Bag the Fools in D.C. A protester was spotted with a sign saying, Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You. So, conservatives started it: started with this terminology. But others ran with it and ran with it.