Republicans in North Dakota are planning one of the party's first organized efforts to capture some of the energy and enthusiasm of the "tea party" movement, an experiment that nervous party officials around the country will be watching with hopeful anticipation.
North Dakota Republican Chairman Gary Emineth is one of the organizers of what is being billed as a "Take Back Washington" rally and town hall meeting on Feb. 12 in Bismarck, N.D., with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken conservative, as the keynote speaker.
"The role the tea party could play in the future of the Republican Party is significant and critical," Mr. Emineth said. "It is how we speak and reach out to the tea party activists that speaks volumes to the movement. The 'Take Back Washington' event is designed to have the Republican Party leadership and elected officials listen to activists within this movement."...