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Directed Anger

October 21, 2010

When I first started covering the Tea Party in 2009, I made the following comments:

This movement started from the right as a conservative rebellion.  It has spread beyond that, and is drawing more centrist populace into the fold.

The mood of the event is anger and frustration, but not really at a specific person or instance.  It’s a simmer that’s turned to a boil.  I believe that people… who underestimate that will feel some backlash.

This has momentum.  It’s up to the organizers to keep it going, but a momentum that goes to 2010 election cycles could have a serious impact on both sides of the aisle.

I’m a bit puzzled by the reaction from the more liberal side of the world on this.  If they had generated a grass-roots movement spurred on by blogs, they’d be claiming credit for utilizing tools.  Missing that could increase frustration towards them..

Additional Thought: Of course, this is Bend, so most of the businesses are smaller, but there were a large amount of small business owners who didn’t like the direction things were going.  Small business is the backbone of the country, and an unease there could be devastating.

Hmmm, sometimes I like being right.  Of course, there’s someting important about people who are mad, as Donna Brazile notes in a post at Roll Call today.

“What about all those angry tea partiers, though?” you ask. The key word is “angry.” Angry people aren’t enthusiastic; they’re just angry. And once the object of that anger is gone, there’s not much left, except perhaps more undirected anger.

Tea-party anger is not enthusiasm for Republicans or Republican policies — the only folks more disliked than incumbents are those inside the tea-party movement itself. Polls show a majority of Americans don’t align themselves with the tea party. A late August CBS poll, for example, found that 54 percent did not support the movement.

I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Brazile, though she does have a lot more experience in politics than I do, so I respect her point and opinions.  She points that frustration is an equally powerful tool, and she believes that Democrats have that on their side in this election and the next.

I do think it’s interesting that the Democrats are gaining in some polls, though a lot of that is probably the monetary investments as much as a rebound.  That said, it’s clear that any movement has a counter-movement.  The question is how fast it organizes and whether that changes the rather strong tide against the left by early November.

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  1. John Woods permalink
    October 22, 2010 4:19 am

    “This has momentum. It’s up to the organizers to keep it going, but a momentum that goes to 2010 election cycles could have a serious impact on both sides of the aisle.”

    You should change that to 2012, um no make that 2020. we are in it for the long haul.

    By the way we will see you in the spring, we have lots of experience dealing with out of control governments and insane spending, plus we have time to work on changing the political landscape. The gloves are off and we are in the fight till the end. I heard Oregon is pretty this time of year !!!
    November is coming !! Oh and we can see 2012 from our house now LOL !!!

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