"Thomas is an extraordinarily youthful 53, as she takes the main stage in Richmond's downtown convention hall. Her hair is a honey-colored bob and her jacket is a cheerful red. She greets several hundred Virginia Tea Partiers (2,000 participants are expected, the largest such gathering ever) with 'Hello Patriots!' Thomas is charming, even girlish in her delivery. She opens with the story of the goose and the golden egg, and segues gently into a warning that 'we are ruled by an elite that thinks it knows better than we know and tells us what to do.'"