When the Tea Party wave crashes into D.C. wall

When last we checked in with the Tea Party movement, it had claimed victories throughout the nation in the midterm elections and served notice on Republicans and Democrats alike that things in Washington were going to change. No more earmarks. No more secret negotiations. No more deficit spending. No more lobbyists running Congress.

So where are we now?

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reports on the education of Tea Party darling Kristi Noem:

“When the good people of South Dakota voted last month to send Republican Kristi Noem to Congress, they probably believed that she would give no quarter to the lobbyists and special interest groups who enjoyed, as she put it, “throwing money at the feet of a member of Congress.”

But since she defeated Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (in part by making an issue of Herseth Sandlin’s marriage to a lobbyist), Noem has hired as her new chief of staff . . . a lobbyist! And on Tuesday afternoon, she was the guest of honor at a “Meet & Greet” with Washington high-rollers at the powerhouse lobbying firm Barbour Griffiths Rogers. Once these boys start throwing money at Noem’s feet, she’ll soon be chin deep in lobbyist greenbacks.”

Closer to home, the folks over at Peachpundit note that anti-earmark fervor already seems to be waning among some:

Here is Senator Saxby Chambliss precisely one month ago:

“I have consistently voted for the elimination of earmarks in the past and will support the earmark-moratorium resolution today.”

And here he is today:

“I recently voted in support of an earmark moratorium to help reduce federal spending in the next Congress. As I have previously stated, while this is not the answer to our budget woes, it is a good start.”

Why, then, Senator, do you personally have 42 earmarks in the Omnibus Spending Bill?”

Johnny Isakson, for the record, requested 24 earmarks in the bill. Among other things, the two sought $5 million to support dredging in the Savannah River, $1.25 million for a “biofuels, biopower and biomaterials initiative,” $2 million for “Atlanta environmental infrastructure” and $300,000 for “meth prevention and awareness.” They were joined in many of those requests by Democrats in the Georgia House delegation.


The Financial Times
notes that no more 30 House Republicans are expected to oppose the tax-cut compromise with Obama, even though the deal reinstates the estate tax, adds to the deficit and maintains unemployment benefits at the 99-week maximum, items that have angered Tea Party activists.

(Oh, and the deal was also negotiated secretly behind closed doors by the White House and the very same Republican congressional leaders who had campaigned on openness and transparency, and had howled about “backroom deals” on health-care reform.)

“The idea that this massive tax and spend bill has not yet even been written but may be voted on by the Senate . . . is appalling, and has rightfully drawn the anger of Tea Party activists, an anger that will not be diminished,” said a blog posting by the Tea Party Patriots group.

RedState.com, another conservative blog, blasted the inclusion of – and Republican support for – ethanol subsidies in the tax bill. “If Republicans lack the will to strike out at the heart of the dependency and welfare state after a stunning electoral victory, then when will they?” it said.

However, the FT also quotes Adam Brandon, spokesman for FreedomWorks, the corporate astroturf “handler” of much of the Tea Party, as claiming that the deal is good, that “we – the small government conservatives – rolled the president. Let’s take our victory.”

I think that’s the most telling comment of all. Having helped to gin up the Tea Party movement, FreedomWorks is now selling it out in defense of the Republican establishment. After all, you can describe the tax compromise in many ways, but calling it a victory for small-government conservatives takes some fancy spinning indeed.

–Jay Bookman

439 comments Add your comment

TH

December 16th, 2010
9:04 am

Today is December 16.

BONER, WHERE ARE THE JOBS CREATED FROM THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY?

Guy Incognito

December 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Merry Christmas Jay, the movement has been forced underground until the right time. The organizers actually have jobs that they must tend to. Think of all the democrats that are depending on their labor

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:12 am

That new guy, Kyle blogged about this last night. There were some interesting takes from people that don’t comment on your blog. Finn McCool had several good points.

The best on was by iRun:

iRun

December 15th, 2010
7:44 pm

Kyle, the “Tea Party” is a fake group drummed up by organizations like FreedomWorks so that FreedomWorks could gain political power. So they could get money. Now that they’ve won you won’t hear from them on this.

I won’t be surprised if the “Tea Party” dies off now that things like FreedomWorks have what they wanted all along.

Jimmy62

December 16th, 2010
9:15 am

Let’s wait until all those people the Tea Party helped elect are actually in office before we start busting them. Personally, I’m not happy with the bill, and I look forward to the Congress ending that nonsense. And if they don’t, I will be on the streets protesting.

TH- The tax cuts created a ton of jobs until the mortgage mess (which the GOP tried to reign in before being stopped by the Dems) killed the economy. The recession and recent job losses have nothing to do with the tax rates, or have you forgotten the sub prime mess already, in favor of just blaming Bush for everything, even things that he had nothing to do with?

Granny Godzilla

December 16th, 2010
9:15 am

If Michael Steele wins a 2nd term as RNC chair – the Tea Party will not go away quietly.

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Jay,
come on, don’t you mean:

Dana Milbank of the washington post OPINES on the education of tea party darling Kristi Noem.

Way to blur the lines.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:19 am

“If Michael Steele wins a 2nd term as RNC chair – the Tea Party will not go away quietly.”

quietly? no … it’ll be to a hip-hop beat …

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:21 am

“the corporate astroturf “handler” of much of the Tea Party,”

sour grapes here…get your sour grapes here.

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:22 am

UsinUk,
racist!

Deep Throat

December 16th, 2010
9:22 am

More GOP bashing, for every comment you make about the GOP, one could write just as much about the Dems. Same old story I don’t like your party, my party is better.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:24 am

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:26 am

usinUK,
no, I was just throwing out that comment baselessly…I know, it’s a novel tactic, but I thought I’d try.

Finn McCool

December 16th, 2010
9:26 am

This is a perfect example of why the tea partiers look so pitifully ignorant. You can’t separate the terms “politics” and “compromise” unless you have a dictatorship.

You want to see what no compromise looks like? Look at Republicans for the past two years. Until someone starts compromising, ain’t nothing going to happen.

Because your tea party candidate said all the right things on the campaign trail doesn’t mean he/she will be able do one damn thing in Washington without compromising. It just doesn’t happen cause it’ the nature of the beast. In the house alone you have 435 competing interests.

So, grow up tea-partiers and come back to reality.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:27 am

ty – “I was just throwing out that comment baselessly”

you’re the first person to ever do that here! ;-)

Granny Godzilla

December 16th, 2010
9:27 am

Think about it…

Steele elected 1/9/09, First Tea Party Protest 2/27/09

Uhoh

December 16th, 2010
9:28 am

Tea party comes on the field next year. Issacson and Chambliss should go. Country club Repubs at best.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:28 am

Thank You USinUK (for the link). I myself was having bad thoughts about your comment. I couldn’t believe you would say that. But I decided to keep my mouth shut (for once) and I’m glad I did. I would have ended up knee deep with both feet in it.

AmVet

December 16th, 2010
9:28 am

I’m not sure which is more noteworthy, the fact that the GOP is overflowing with lying pigs at the trough, or that the silly, naive TPers actually thought they could change them.

Talk about astro-turfed guppies…

Washington (CNN) – Tea Party leaders have “fire coming out of their ears” over the massive $1.1 trillion dollars Omnibus spending bill pending before Congress. Tucked into the legislation that would keep the government running for the next fiscal year are more than $8 billion dollars in earmarks, requested by lawmakers in both parties.

It sounds like “hyporkrisy” to Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. Her group backed GOP candidates in the 2010 election who promised to root out wasteful pork-barrel spending in Washington. She warns any republican who supports the measure risks a primary challenge in the next election cycle.

“We will go after them. We’re not going to accept it. We are absolutely not going to accept it. I mean there are all kinds of pork in there,” Kremer told CNN.

Several top republicans in Congress, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, have asked for millions of dollars worth of earmarks in the Omnibus bill. According to the spending watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, Cornyn has 51 earmarks in the legislation totaling $93 million dollars. The group says McConnell’s 42 earmarks add up to $86 million.

DannyX

December 16th, 2010
9:29 am

The media is doing their part also. When the last vote was counted suddenly all the Tea Party crazies stopped getting air time. The old party standard started showing up. McConnell and Boehner resumed the role of party leaders.

The Tea Party crazies got played.

TaxPayer

December 16th, 2010
9:30 am

At least the Tea Partyers did not campaign on a hope and change platform. Nosiree! They didn’t want to close the door on more of their same. I just cannot wait to hear what Tom Price has to say about it all.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:31 am

Fred – thanks for the benefit o’ the doubt :-)

(and next time I’ll include the link with the post so I don’t cause a collective gasp)

TaxPayer

December 16th, 2010
9:32 am

TPers actually thought they could change them.

Actually, some of us TPers are still holding onto our beliefs that there is hope for change.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:33 am

Isn’t Steele stepping down anyways?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/13/michael-steele-rnc-reelection_n_795723.html?fbwall

LOL i just looked at the site when I copied the link. It’s huff so take it with a grain of salt………

Sean

December 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Shocker… the Tea Party are just core Republicans upset they lost the 2008 elections. Now they won the 2010 elections.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Taxpayer:

There IS still hope for change, even though ya’ll keep trying to block it. The President has not given up. He’s still fighting for change…….

SpaceyG

December 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Sounds like the Tea Party needs some Viagra in their stocking for Christmas. Lots.

TaxPayer

December 16th, 2010
9:36 am

The tax cuts created a ton of jobs until the mortgage mess

Perhaps obese people need to work more than others but shouldn’t we focus on other people’s needs for employment as well.

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:36 am

Tea Party…yeah right. The cynic in me thinks it was a ploy to get fools to hand them power. We’ll see if I’m wrong. I fully these astro-turf I mean grass-roots rallies against profligate spending to continue if John Boehner proposes any deficit spending…I won’t hold my breath though.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:36 am

The difference with the Tea Party members across the country, we will hold everyone accountable, including our own, and vote them out if they don’t start cutting spending and quit with the ear marks. I know you hate that word acoountable Book Man but, try to learn to live with it.

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:37 am

Meant to include the word “expect” after fully

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:39 am

Sid

We’ll see in March when the 2012 budget gets on the table because as much as Boehner will cry (literally) about the deficit spending at the end of the day there will be deficit spending.

Del

December 16th, 2010
9:39 am

The Tea party scares the left to death and with good reason. As for this monster Omnibus bill it appears that it’s gathering bi-partisan rejection and if so, that would be a good thing.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:39 am

BW, you sound like you have a little Pelosi in you. That’s great, she is a wonderful role model for governing.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:40 am

Yeah Sid, you die hard republicans are SO into accountability……………..

AmVet

December 16th, 2010
9:40 am

Morning, Taxpayer! Mayhaps I need another acronym for them.

How about ATTPers? Astro-Turfed Tea Partiers?

One last comment about the thread downstairs. I read where the moderate Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts broke ranks with his quasi-fascist hierarchy and voted to repeal DADT.

Remember the absolute joy that many of these disgusting right-wing dirtbags showed when Kennedy died and how elated they were that the seat was taken by the GOP?

Looks the faux conservative, hate-filled putzes didn’t get exactly what they were hoping for…

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:40 am

BW, I will take a crying Boehner over a far left pelosi any day of the week.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:40 am

evidently, unlike the Who, Del WILL get fooled again …

FERGIE

December 16th, 2010
9:41 am

You people are missing the point. The tea party was having problems with Obama and the Democrates spending money. Now that the republicans are spending it, they are just. “Let the good times roll”. Hadn’t heard a word from them since the election have you?

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:41 am

dammit, WHERE’S BOSCH!

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:41 am

No Fred, us Tea Party people are and you saw in the last primaries how we held republicans accountable by voting a few out. Get it straight fred.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:42 am

Oh well, time to get ready to go to my daughter’s Holiday Show. I wonder if they’ll mention Christmas or America this year?

realtalk

December 16th, 2010
9:42 am

Good Morning All,
To Jay,Granny and Finn you all totally miss the point as usual. I am a Tea Partier and you miss the point. We are not going away until our country gets fixed. We are going to hold Repulicans Feet even closer to the fire if they continue down this roud of OVER SPENDING. We love our country regardless of the party we and are going to get help this country back to the way is should.Even if it means we voteing everyone out again. Time for Both Parties to unite as Americans. Life,Liberty and thePursuit of Happiness. Have a great day everyone.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:43 am

Fergie, you are another misinformed liberal. Try reading, watching and gathering news info before you post stupidity. That will be a challenge I am sure.

patriot

December 16th, 2010
9:43 am

End the income tax and end the Federal Reserve and the problems go away. With no money to spend on their friends or to use to buy votes, the american people will begin to be free again and congress will be made to make the hard decisions that will ultimately lead to a government that remains within the limits supposedly imposed by the constitution.

Yeah, like any of that is going to happen voluntarily. Only the imminent collapse of the dollar will achieve anything close and we will all suffer when that happens.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:43 am

I have it straight Sid, they didn’t even wait to take their seats before selling out to the lobbyists. You got played. But then playing a fanatic isn’t that hard………

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:43 am

Although I don’t expect things to change. The tea party has little to do with earmarks proposed by Cornyn and McConnell. Neither was up for reelction in November, therefore neither was supported by the tea party. Again, I don’t expect things to change when these tea party backed candidates enter office in the coming year(I say tea party backed, because their is no formal “tea party”. A fact that many on this blog can’t seem to grasp). Not saying they(tea party backed candidates) won’t be hypocrits, but let’s just wait until they actually take office.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:43 am

“I wonder if they’ll mention Christmas or America this year?”

I understand the Christmas part of the question … a bit at a loss for the America part … ???

AmVet

December 16th, 2010
9:44 am

So the ATTPers endorse and vote for known and proven pigs and then say they will vote them out of office if they act like pigs.

Good times in Delusionville…

jm

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Here’s where we are. Still in the 111th Congress. Waiting on the 112th eagerly and with interest.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

realtalk, don’t waste your time. They see only what they want to and hear only what blow hards at msnbc, cnn and the big three shove into their little minds. We have a plan and we will work it.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Well, we needed to get rid of the librul Democrat earmarks. But the earmarks in there now are our earmarks. Which are all good for the economy and are things we need to spend money on. That’s why us Tea Partiers ain’t saying much about them now.

If you can’t see the diffrence I feel sorry for you and can’t help you.

Have a good Thursday everybody.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Really Fred, and what lobbyists would that be?

Left wing management

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Jay: “I think that’s the most telling comment of all. Having helped to gin up the Tea Party movement, FreedomWorks is now selling it out in defense of the Republican establishment.”

Mission accomplished.

What’s the absolute best way to make sure that there is no change at all? Feed people pseudo-change, fast food-change, McChange, or whatever cynical name you want to give it.

The “change” offered by the Tea Party is just as laughable as the “hope” and “change” brought to Washington by an administration that found those concepts useful as campaign ploys, but now that it’s in office immediately fills its top positions with Wall Street insiders who are bound and determined to snuff out anything that even remotely smacks of “change”.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:45 am

“With no money to spend on their friends or to use to buy votes, the american people will begin to be free again”

heeheehee … misplaced modifier fun for your Thursday …

thanks for the unintended humor patriot …

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:46 am

Sid

I love your labelling but the simple fact is it’s put up or shut up time. Pelosi is done….dragging her name thru the mud now does nothing. This will be all about Boehner and the Republican party.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:47 am

Redneck, we need to get rid of the republican earmarks as well. Once again they have hit us with a 1900+ page bill that cost over a trillion dollars and they don’t want us to know what is in it. If it takes shutting down the government to get this cut, then so be it.

jm

December 16th, 2010
9:48 am

A Republican Congress is a good balance to our current Democratic President. I think we’re finally getting some real bipartisanship, witness the 80+ votes for the tax cut bill. Deficit reduction will be harder, but I give us a better, more reasoned chance with a R Congress than a D Congress. Change is good….. :)

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:48 am

You are right BW, it starts in January. Until then it is pelosi and reids show. You have been keeping up with the current 1900 page bill, haven’t you?

Doggone/GA

December 16th, 2010
9:48 am

“If it takes shutting down the government to get this cut, then so be it.”

I say go for it! Shutting down the government worked SO well for Republicans the last time, surely it will work just as well THIS time. Right?

ken R

December 16th, 2010
9:49 am

Jay and AmVet, at least the Tea Partiers have tried, is the Obama change working yet? All he has done is lie since he has been in office and I know you won’t challenge that because I will show you many examples.

I am against earmarks all 6,700 of them, but guess what sport, a lot of them are from Democrats and I don’t see either one of you vilifing them, what hypocrits.

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:49 am

Sid

Do you really think they have the nerve to shut down Congress? After the adrenaline settles and reality hits you in the face do you really think these “new” Republicans are about anything different than the old ones?

F. Sinkwich

December 16th, 2010
9:50 am

“Remember the absolute joy that many of these disgusting right-wing dirtbags showed when Kennedy died…”

Name one, AmVet.

Normal

December 16th, 2010
9:50 am

Sid,
If all you watch is Fox “News”, and don’t read Jays essays (to answer your 9:45), why are you here…? Must be global warming, because so far you are only contributing hot air.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:50 am

Doggone – 9:48 – thanks – you just gave me an excuse to dust off this classic

http://fupaper.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/newt-gingrich-baby.jpg

@@

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

And by executive order, Obama vowed to bar lobbyists from working in the federal government. That was his promise made and broken. Two weeks into his administration, the following lobbyists were invited into the “inner sanctum”.

Michael Strautmanis
Cecilia Munoz
Patrick Gaspard
Melody Barnes
Mona Sutphen
Ron Klain
Mark Patterson
David Hayes
William Corr
William Lynn
Tom Vilsack
Eric Holder

Just thought you’d like to know, jay….although you probably did and chose not to mention it.

Your blog. Your biased opinion.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

jm, great comment. The dems had total control starting under Bush and look where we have gone with the debt? Obama is not that stupid, he will move a little to the middle. Maybe not as much as Clinton because he is not a politically smart as he is but, a move none the less.

Fred

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

USinUK:

You see, I live in AMERICA. The last few of these “shows” I have been to have been all about “diversity.” They mention every holiday that falls from October to February EXCEPT Christmas. They talk about every culture in the World EXCEPT American. I think it would be nice just once to have diversity actually be diverse.

And before you say something like, “Well being in America the kids already know about America and Christmas,’ let me head you off. They don’t. Many are Indian, Jewish, African, and Hispanic. I hear my daughter practicing sounds in Hebrew, Spanish and Swahilian. I enjoy learning about other cultures and religions, but also think “diversity” should include ours. If they can explain Ramadan, Hanukkah, ect….. they can explain Christmas.

Doggone/GA

December 16th, 2010
9:52 am

USinUK – funny! I had forgotten about that one!

realtalk

December 16th, 2010
9:52 am

Thank You Sid. It is just sad so many people miss the point and paint the Partiers out as something they are not. Mostly the media and the drones. I love listening to people dismiss us and think this ihis movement will go away as another right wing stunt.To all the doubters and Haters, Wait and SEE. Fat Cats and The Corrupt of both parties! You are all on Notice. We are coming for you.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:52 am

Sorry normal, I do NOT get all my info from FNC. I gather it from all around the globe. Nice try at the fox news lies label.

ty webb

December 16th, 2010
9:53 am

F. Sinkwich,
Don’t know their political leanings, but I’m pretty sure there’s a Kopechne somewhere who might have had a smile on their face.

ken R

December 16th, 2010
9:53 am

@@…..ditto.

Granny Godzilla

December 16th, 2010
9:54 am

“until our country gets fixed?”

gonna require a real big veterinarian.

just saying

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:54 am

No realtalk, we will grow every year and we will hold all parties responsible for their actions. I will vote for a dem who is for the economic issues we support over a republican who is not. That’s pretty simple.

jm

December 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Sid 9:51 – yeah, but doling out candy is always easier than making people eat vegetables. That said, I think the vegetables will be healthier, with a Republican Congress. If they’re judicious about what they do….

BW

December 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Realtalk

I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt but if I had money on it I say the Tea Party goes the way of those who voted for Perot in 1992.

carlosgvv

December 16th, 2010
9:55 am

The Tea Party people said what they needed to say to get themselves elected by the very common people. Now that they are in power they assume those same dolts won’t notice or even care that serving the rich is their one and only priority. Odds are they will be right.

Normal

December 16th, 2010
9:55 am

I notice he didn’t deny that he didn’t read Jays essay… :D

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:56 am

Oh, yeah I have read Jays essays. Believe it or not, Jay is wrong every once in a while.

jm

December 16th, 2010
9:56 am

Granny Godzi – “gonna require a real big veterinarian.” Yeah, with 300 million teets, you’re right. The big heifer needs a diet or to be put down.

Road Scholar

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

Realtalk: “We are going to hold Repulicans Feet even closer to the fire …”

I believe that fire was included in a republican’s earmark request!

Mick

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

Tea party faux popular movement has a chance to rear its ugly head and fight this irresponsible bill but they are like an ostrich with its head in the ground, why? Because they aren’t a real movement but rather a manipulated group of disgruntled, confused, far right repubs – the worst of america. Besides, the media including fox are bored with them.

USinUK

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

Fred – 9:51 – ah, i see – didn’t quite understand where you were coming from on that one … (didn’t know if you wanted an america the beautiful mashup with white christmas)

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

carlos, if that is true what you said then you should love us. That is the same thing obama did and look how he turned against you.

Logical Dude

December 16th, 2010
9:58 am

massive $1.1 trillion dollars Omnibus spending bill
more than $8 billion dollars in earmarks
have asked for millions of dollars

$8 billion? Or about $ .008 Trillion dollars. Less than 1% of the spending bill.

It’s not the earmarks that’s killing us, it’s the amount of the actual spending bill.

Funny how using Millions vs. Billions vs. Trillions works. Makes numbers look bigger or smaller than they should be.

Finn McCool

December 16th, 2010
9:58 am

Christmas? I thought Christmas lost a war and is now gone for good….

Ima Pol Crook

December 16th, 2010
9:58 am

Pig Porker thieves of taxpayer dollars to be thrown out of office next election!!!

http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/12/list-of-senators-who-are-sponsoring-pork-projects-in-omnibus-bill/

Finn McCool

December 16th, 2010
9:58 am

Time for Both Parties to unite as Americans. (My) Life,(My) Liberty and the Pursuit of (My) Happiness.

There, fixed your typos.

DannyX

December 16th, 2010
9:59 am

New Tea Party sign……

“Keep your hands off my government earmarks”

Kamchak

December 16th, 2010
9:59 am

realtalk

December 16th, 2010
10:00 am

This is Not Ross Perot. Different time in our country. Our Personal Freedoms and Liberties are being slowly taken away through regulation.People are ready to personally get involved and fight. Voters just liked Perot’s honesty. We understand what is at Stake and this is very serious. Make not mistake. This is just getting started. To Be Fair, Bush started this. Barry has just picked up the torch.

realtalk

December 16th, 2010
10:00 am

Live Free of DIE.

Sid Farcas

December 16th, 2010
10:00 am

jm, I truly believe the repubs are scared of the tea party as much as the dems. They want re-elected and that is why you are seeing dems up for election in 2012 getting behind republican backed ideas. Should be interesting.

Finn McCool

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Tea Partiers, here’s the plan. What you want to start doing RIGHT NOW is keeping track of all the pork and earmarks those up for election in 2012 are putting in over the next two years.

Keep a database so you and your buds don’t forget when the next election rolls around.

That’s the plan!

jm

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Term. Limits. Term. Limits…..

Jefferson

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

The GOP continues to make its supporters just look plain silly.

Del

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Normal,

I don’t recall conservatives on here or anywhere loudly cheering when Ted Kennedy passed away. We didn’t agree with his politics but I don’t recall the few conservative bloggers on here cheering. BTW…I left a reply to your earlier pot downstairs.

BW

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Logical Dude

Logic doesn’t win elections….the perception of a false reality does ;-)

mystified

December 16th, 2010
10:01 am

I believe this is a case where the republicans still don’t get it. They are hoping and praying that the tea party fervor will die away and they can go back to business as usual. I believe they are wrong. I’d bet that 2012 sees many of these republicans. I just wish Chambliss was up for re-election.

I wonder what costs the tax payers more. Letting the tax cuts expire or paying for the pork required to bribe all the democrats and republicans to vote for it.

TaxPayer

December 16th, 2010
10:02 am

I am a Tea Partier and you miss the point. We are not going away until our country gets fixed.

You could save money on rental space for your meetings if you coordinated your activities with the FairTax crowd, for starters. And if you’re willing to work in a little anti-abortion message in with those tax cut hymns, the sky’s the limit.