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We Got Ourselves a Movement

September 15, 2010

First, I know I’m down a bit on posting.  Real life is intervening.

Okay, to the Tea Party.  On the occasions where I’ve been able to follow the news lately, everyone thinks that Christine O’Donnell is some form of right-wing-spawn that will tear apart the Republican establishment.  Well, as a non-Republican, I can quote TR: Bully!  Weak-kneed, right-leaning, political animals deserve to get a dope slap every once in a while.  Personally?  I’ve seen Christine O’Donnell twice on TV, and I’ll honestly say that something bugs me about her.  But likely less so than most politicians, and mostly it was just her being tired after a night of being interviewed by every TV and Internet program that mattered.  Oh, and I’m not voting in Deleware.  They can make their choices, it’s called Democracy.

But does she deserve the vitriol that the conservative establishment has thrown at her?  Wait, do I care?  I’m more interested in strategy, and what I see is a strong player emerging from the grass roots of conservatism and strongly influencing the establishment.  The Tea Party is a movement, as said here and elsewhere many times, and it’s one that candidates are finding hard to ignore these days.  Yuval Levin has a thoughtful post, and he says this:

Remember, what happened in Delaware may put in jeopardy the party’s chances of winning Joe Biden’s old senate seat, and perhaps of coming back from a 10-seat deficit in the senate to win control of the body. That these things—not to mention a Republican takeover of the House, and a large number of governorships, state legislatures, and local offices—are even imaginable two years after Obama’s election is simply and utterly staggering. And they are imaginable in large part because of the very mood and activity that have gone under the Tea Party label.
 
Has the Tea Party done more harm than good for Republicans? Um, no. It has done far more good for the Republican Party than anything Republicans could possibly have done on purpose.
I agree.  Two or so years ago when I covered the first rally, I saw a bunch of normal people who were mad and wanted a voice.  Maybe some of the voices they’ve found are mad, too.  Maybe some are reasonable.  But at least they’ve got their like minds in a position to be heard.  I believe the impact on politics will be big in the next two to three cycles.  Let’s see what happens.

Updated: Rush Limbaugh says (via Hot Air) that maybe Karl Rove should have gotten this worked up over Democrats.  You go, man! Oh, and check out Cassy’s conclusions: Establishment is as bad as the Opposite. Nice point.

Updated 9/16: Thanks to the Daily Slog James Taranto for the love.  And for all the people that are linking from there.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. John Woods permalink
    September 17, 2010 9:05 pm

    Now this is a strategic position if I have ever seen one LOL !!!!
    Dems to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_desperate_democrats

  2. September 16, 2010 7:38 am

    Yeah, even if O’Donnell doesn’t win, whatcha wanna bet the Delaware GOP’s next choice is a little less RINO-ish? Sometimes you lose battles but win the war

  3. September 15, 2010 2:57 pm

    that’s the problem right there. Normal people. It’s so bland, so blase, so un Ivy league.

    If nothing else – the tea party sending a bunch of lifer politicians who are chained to the taxpayer feeding trough and addicted to the life in DC packing their boxes to remind them what it’s like to work a real job and be a REPRESENTATIVE vs a ruling elite, I almost don’t care WHO gets elected. The reason I’m not associated with either party is frankly, they both make me sick for forgetting who serves who

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