Things have changed since I wrote "Are Tea Parties Working? (Not Yet)" on April 13, 2009. The Tea Parties have shown that they can directly and profoundly affect local and national politics.
One example, from New York today: Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday [Oct. 31]that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters. (Source) That is due directly to heavy pressure from Tea Partiers nationwide who worked against Scozzafava, a liberal Republican, and for Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate. Tea Partiers and allied bloggers don't care about party labels. They want conservatives with true conservative values. Scozzafava didn't fit that bill. (See NY-23: Behold the power of the conservative blogosphere.)
Bring in supporting factors like Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Breitbart and others and the Tea Party "movement" has come into its own, finally gelling into something not merely cohesive, with a semblance of leadership and organization, but something huge and unstoppable.
Bill Hennessy sums this up well in his must-read October 31, 2009 column at Big Government, titled "New York 23: When a Nation Calls." He notes the huge impact that Tea Partiers are currently having on elections around the country, specifically in New York. There is a very contentious congressional race in New York, and the election is next Tuesday. As noted above in a late-breaking story, Tea Parties have directly affected that election by forcing the withdrawal of the liberal Republican. This sends a very loud shot across the bow of the Republican Party: Tea Partiers will work against so-called Republicans who are not true to conservative philosophy and practice. You better walk the walk, GOP.
"With the fury of Feburary 27," writes Hennessy, "the numbers of Tax Days, and the passion of 9/12, this conservative grassroots army is focused on upstate New York and the race between a Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman and his two left-wing rivals.
This battle pits the people of the Tea Party against both major parties in a fight for the nation’s future .... Before the polls open in upper New York on Tuesday morning, thousands of Tea Partiers from states as far away as California will have had an impact on what might otherwise have been an unnoticed special election. Local Tea Party Organizers across the country are overwhelmed by their people’s desire to help. Hoffman’s offices are overwhelmed with volunteers who are just showing up. (Anyone wishing to help from their own home can go here.)"
Not only elections are being affected by Tea Partiers. One of the stars of the movement is Andrew Breitbart, whose "Big Government" web site broke the now-famous series of videos that showed ACORN workers in several offices giving business advice to two people who identified themselves to those workers as a pimp and a prostitute. Those sessions were recorded by a hidden camera. For more about Andrew Breitbart and those videos, see "Washington Post: ACORN Video Creates New Conservative Star."
The Tea Party movement looms over every horizon today, from coast to coast. To the allies of the Obama-Pelosi King Kong-like regime, with its weekly violations of the Constitution, insane levels of spending and paranoid arogance, the Tea Party movement must look like Godzilla. To those of us in the Tea Party movement who actively oppose Barack King Kong Obama's power grab and lunatic policies, Godzilla is a beautiful sight indeed.
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