If the Tea Party had a theme song, it would be written in the key of common people crying out for accountability. It might rail against the hypocrisy of elites who lecture others about tolerance. It would chastise politicians who stuff their pockets while refusing to listen to those who elected them.
It would, in short, be something like “I Am America,” an anti-establishment anthem recorded 18 months ago by Krista Branch and written by her husband, Michael. She has performed the song at Glenn Beck rallies, on Fox News shows and at several Tea Party events, including one on Saturday for Herman Cain, a Republican presidential candidate, who a few months ago adopted the song for a campaign that is now receiving intense attention as he surges in recent polls.