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The tea party’s second act: Was 2010 a steppingstone or a high-water mark?

KCurtis 2012/05/05 01:17:12

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The 2010 midterm elections were
marked by ubiquitous images of voters waving Gadsen flags in the sun,
women with tea bags hanging from their hat brims, and determined men in
Paul Revere costumes shouting proclamations.


What happened to those people?


If you ask the people who helped
organize the tea party into a movement, they'll readily concede that tea
party rallies this election cycle are not as prolific as they were in
2010. But they say they're doing one better this year: Instead of simply
rallying, they're organized and on the ground (and on the phone, in
your mailbox and on your radio and television) in select states to try
to elect tea party candidates to office and effect what they say is
"real change."


"The movement has matured … and
we're now tea party 2.0," Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Tea Party Express,
told Yahoo News. Kremer and other tea party leaders say that while the
tea party rose to fame in 2010, that cycle was just a learning period
for the movement.


"In 2010, we didn't have our feet
under us," Brendan Steinhauser, the federal and state campaigns
director of FreedomWorks, told Yahoo News. Instead of a "haphazard"
plan, as he described it, 2012 will bring a "much more sophisticated
approach."


The tea party in 2010 made
headlines for its rallies, its anger and its energy. But its most
lasting changes came in the form of getting tea party candidates elected
to office, sometimes at the peril of establishment Republicans. The
movement's leaders say they plan to do the same this cycle.


"Some folks think the tea party has gone away because they're not out
seeing 5,000 at a time waving 'Don't Tread on Me' flags," Indiana
Senate challenger and tea party candidate Richard Mourdock told Yahoo News last week. "But where they are, are working as volunteers in campaigns like this campaign."


If Mourdock, the state treasurer, defeats Sen. Dick Lugar on May 5, he will largely have the tea party to thank.


His campaign fits the tea party narrative: The 36-year Senate veteran
Lugar is being portrayed as too moderate for his state, having voted
for the bailouts, for President Obama's stimulus bill, and to confirm
Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Mourdock, who sued
over the auto bailout, casts himself as a limited-government fiscal
conservative.


Two years ago, tea party supporters in Indiana split between two
candidates in the state's Senate Republican primary. In an example of
how 2010 was a learning period for the movement, an umbrella
organization called Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate was created to
unify the tea party behind a single candidate.


Late last year, the new organization brought together 55 tea party groups across the state to endorse Mourdock.


"We were learning the process in
2010," Monica Boyer, who helped found the group, told Yahoo News of the
tea party in general. "We were angry about what was going on, but we
didn't know what to do about it."


She added, "Now we've gone into a working mode."


People from 47 tea party groups
are expected to travel to Indianapolis on Saturday, according to Boyer,
for an event to get out the vote for Mourdock ahead of Tuesday's vote.


A loss by Lugar would prove the
strength of Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate to the state
establishment as well as to the nation.


"It would be a victory for conservatism," Boyer said. "And for the heart and soul of the Republican party."


Their model for tea-party unity is being replicated in states like Michigan, Oregon and Iowa, Boyer said.


The leaders of national tea party
groups, such as Tea Party Express and FreedomWorks, both of which
endorsed Mourdock, believe a Lugar loss would immediately "send shock
waves" across the country, to use Steinhauser's words.


Amid the "media narrative: Is the
tea party alive? This will put a temporary end to that discussion,"
Steinhauser said. "The tea party is alive and well."

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  • rdmatheny 2012/05/05 01:59:56
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    rdmatheny
    +27
    "The movement has matured … and
    we're now tea party 2.0," Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Tea Party Express,
    told Yahoo News. Kremer and other tea party leaders say that while the
    tea party rose to fame in 2010, that cycle was just a learning period
    for the movement."

    Ron & Rand Paul to Hold Major Tea Party Rally in Austin, Texas
    Texas Congressman, intellectual godfather of the tea party movement and his U.S. Senator son--elected with its backing--to appear with Ted Cruz

    LAKE JACKSON, Texas, Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, will hold a major tea party rally in Austin, Texas.

    The rally, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, May 6th beginning at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP for the event, please click here.

    Ron Paul's tea party rally is being sponsored by the Tea Party Express, a national organization whose six simple principles the Drs. Paul support. Also speaking at the rally will be special guests Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, and Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer.

    Ron and Rand Paul both are by trade physicians, with the younger Paul an accomplished eye surgeon and his f...










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    "The movement has matured … and
    we're now tea party 2.0," Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Tea Party Express,
    told Yahoo News. Kremer and other tea party leaders say that while the
    tea party rose to fame in 2010, that cycle was just a learning period
    for the movement."

    Ron & Rand Paul to Hold Major Tea Party Rally in Austin, Texas
    Texas Congressman, intellectual godfather of the tea party movement and his U.S. Senator son--elected with its backing--to appear with Ted Cruz

    LAKE JACKSON, Texas, Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, will hold a major tea party rally in Austin, Texas.

    The rally, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, May 6th beginning at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP for the event, please click here.

    Ron Paul's tea party rally is being sponsored by the Tea Party Express, a national organization whose six simple principles the Drs. Paul support. Also speaking at the rally will be special guests Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, and Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer.

    Ron and Rand Paul both are by trade physicians, with the younger Paul an accomplished eye surgeon and his father a retired prolife OB/GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies. In 2010, the 12-term Congressman from Texas' son Rand was elected to the Senate in an upset, tea party-led victory in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today both Drs. Paul are the nation's premier advocates for Washington reform consistent with the vision of our founders, who cautioned against the dangers of a federal government run amok.

    "The nation already witnessed history twice when a sitting U.S. Senator -- Rand Paul -- campaigned for his father -- Ron Paul -- for the presidency. It occurred ahead of the Ames Straw Poll where Ron Paul was statistically tied for first place, and again during a daylong whistle-stop tour the Pauls held prior to the Iowa Caucus," said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

    "One day this rally will occupy a special place in our history books when the Paul family and tea party are credited with restoring American government to its constitutional limits. How soon this recognition comes is up to voters," added Mr. Benton.

    Event details are as follows. Time is Central.

    Sunday, May 6, 2012
    -----------------------------...
    2:00 p.m.
    Rep. Ron Paul & Sen. Rand Paul
    Tea Party Rally sponsored by Tea Party Express
    Texas State Capitol - South Steps
    1100 Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701
    (more)

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  • ScottyG - Faqueue 2012/05/09 18:17:04
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    ScottyG - Faqueue
    +3
    We will take POTUS, the House And Senate.
  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/05/07 04:26:32
  • The Gipper~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/06 01:31:32
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    The Gipper~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    I sure hope 2010 was just a stepping stone!
  • mikeyavelli 2012/05/05 15:55:40
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    mikeyavelli
    +5
    the tea party has woven itself into the right sleeve of republican fabric. the tea party rescued america from the socialist surge of obam, who did not expect a reaction to his lefty lurches. center republicans know that to beat oabam, they need the tea party, despite the pain it will cause in some local elections. lugar is a perfect example of someone getting replaced by a new, staunch tea party activist.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/05/05 15:39:11
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    Ron in Oregon
    +5
    I could have voted either way so it makes no difference.
    The Democrat Party has seen no fury like the Tea Party scorned.
  • Racefish 2012/05/05 14:57:06
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Racefish
    +6
    Nor have the RINOs and Statists.
  • Artist~PWCM~ 2012/05/05 14:51:01
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Artist~PWCM~
    +7
    Goodie!
    Don't you just love how the Tea Party freaks liberals right out, lol!
  • Kane Fernau 2012/05/05 13:37:33
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Kane Fernau
    +7
    Just because we don't occupy doesn't mean we don't exist.
  • dallas 2012/05/05 13:19:16
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2012/05/05 12:29:49
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    +5
    The TEA Party is far from "organized", They are however communicating better. Organizations have leaders, The TEA Party does not have a leader. It is a Movement formed by a massive number of like minded people, not an organization led by a central leadership.
  • Yankee Traveler 2012/05/05 10:19:26
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Yankee Traveler
    +10
    Just because it's silent, doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Most Tea Party conservatives work..........we are the 66%
  • AL 2012/05/05 07:34:00
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    AL
    +9
    Every time the occuply nuts creat more violence, the more they move the tea party up in popularity amoung REAL Americans!
  • Wolfman 2012/05/05 07:23:54
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Wolfman
    +10
    My local TEA Party is busy fighting Agenda 21 BS. We'll be around before November.
  • T Bevan 2012/05/05 05:10:26
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    T Bevan
    +14
    Neither have the RHINO's...

    The media says the Tea Party is no more....

    Have we got a supprise for them....

    tea party express
  • dallas T Bevan 2012/05/05 13:26:56 (edited)
  • T Bevan dallas 2012/05/06 03:01:44
    T Bevan
    +6
    your welcome....

    drink obama aide
  • AL T Bevan 2012/05/07 01:57:45
    AL
    +5
    Believe me Dallas was already Stupid even before he drank the Kool Aid!
  • Stryder dallas 2012/05/09 23:19:53
    Stryder
    +4
    Canter's an idiot. The Tea Party IS the middle class.
  • dallas Stryder 2012/05/11 01:25:52
  • Stryder dallas 2012/05/11 05:23:44
    Stryder
    +2
    Nobody owns us. And never will. Enjoy your stay in fantasyland.
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/07 15:48:22
    RageFury
    +1
    The people who lived in the 1700s are dead. Your statement is total irrelevent deflection.
  • dallas RageFury 2012/06/19 04:05:47
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/19 05:29:39
    RageFury
    +1
    Opinion is not truth. Now Go beg for some of Obama's stash like a good lapdog...
  • dallas RageFury 2012/06/19 06:02:23
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/19 06:04:29
    RageFury
    +1
    Obama's stash awaits you my poor, deluded, leftist, lapdog....
  • dallas RageFury 2012/06/19 06:37:06
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/19 23:24:59
    RageFury
    I support Ron Paul, I do not worship Republicans.
    If a Democrat were to emerge with Ron Paul's beliefs I would support said Democrat.
    I am not a subscriber to the two Party paradigm. I recognize the faults in each of the parties and I recognize the sheep like you when I see them.
    Sheep like you always fail to recognize when polices do not change from one administration to the next.
    I support what the Tea Party stood for when it was first conceived. I do not support, blindly electing establishment pukes like Obama or Romney.

    Go Bleat you claptrap somewhere else.
  • dallas RageFury 2012/06/20 09:11:39
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/20 18:30:52
    RageFury
    Ron Paul is not, nice way to prove yourself a sheep.
    Reality check blew the Newsletters out the water...

    Ron Paul Not racist

    Ron Paul Not racist
  • RageFury dallas 2012/06/07 15:43:43 (edited)
    RageFury
    +1
    DNC didn't seem very thankful when they LOST the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010. I seem to remember a lot of crying and whining by you DNC folk.

    BooHoo
  • Chokmah 2012/05/05 04:40:41
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Chokmah
  • cuz 2012/05/05 03:59:25
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    cuz
    +15
    ("Some folks think the tea party has gone away because they're not out
    seeing 5,000 at a time waving 'Don't Tread on Me' flags," Indiana
    Senate challenger and tea party candidate Richard Mourdock told Yahoo News last week. "But where they are, are working as volunteers in campaigns like this campaign.")

    I know where a lot of have gone to.
  • Rodney 2012/05/05 03:57:41
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Rodney
    +10
    Tea Party is finding the best way to rally the people. In this age of internet communications and other modern conveniences, the methods being used now will be far more effective in getting the vote out. We HAVE to elected many more GOOD conservative congress persons to both houses, so that they CAN effect real change. I also believe that this foolish OWS movement is actually helping us more then they are hindering.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/05/05 03:23:58
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +10
    Watch, wait, and see...
  • Elleryqueen 2012/05/05 03:15:40
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    Elleryqueen
    +7
    The lwnj's are in for one helluva surprise, at least I sincerely hope so. Oblunder needs to be unelected, kicked out or whatever. If you think the last 3 1/2 years were bad keep the old saying "You ain't seen nuttin' yet" in mind if he gets reelected.
  • ordman 2012/05/05 02:49:16
    The democrats haven't seen anything yet
    ordman
    +8
    This is what progressives want:
    The Progressive Pledge of Allegiance.
    I pledge allegiance
    To the community organizer
    Of the Open Society Foundations
    Run by George Soros
    And to the socialist agenda
    For which it stands
    forOne world government indistinguishable
    With subservience and loss of freedom
    For all.

    The Tea Party is where the line in the sand is drawn to stop it.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/05/05 02:29:06
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    +10
    We are back.............
  • Aqua Su... jumpboo... 2012/05/05 03:12:36
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +10
    We never left.
  • dubbie 2012/05/05 02:23:28
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    dubbie
    +8
    There`s a Tea Party rally tomorrow in the woodlands , Just the beginning of another more severe headache for you Libbie's to deal with and we aint going away
  • geegee 2012/05/05 02:08:07
    The Tea Party is getting officially organized
    geegee
    +6
    Well, I hope they will get behind Mitt and support him and help him get elected. It would be much better for the country than having Obama re-elected !! God help us if that happens. We better all start looking for somewhere else to go live.

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