By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press
The far left just can’t figure out what to do about the tea party! They tried ignoring it and when it became apparent that it was growing in strength, they began to ridicule those who make up this movement. Still, no success. Then came the attacks, beginning with the ever reliable claims of racism and the frequent claims of violence, yet, still the movement prevailed.
The most recent attempt by the left to disparage the tea party movement is to present it as a product of David Koch, the wealthy conservative philanthropist. Reports are suddenly appearing from coast to coast claiming that Koch is the man behind the curtain calling all the shots.
Have any doubts about complicity and collusion in the media? The weekly conference calls with the White House not enough to convince you? This new theme is being played out in San Jose, Dodge City and even here in Orlando, where we see local embarrassment Alan Grayson using it in campaign material to solicit donations.
Getting off topic for just a minute, wouldn’t you love to meet the people who actually donate to Grayson’s campaign? What a mind boggling concept it is to try to understand their motivation and justification. Are these people as self serving and full of hate as Grayson? What else provokes a person to give money to a man that makes a complete fool of himself?
Back to the matter at hand, despite all the effort from the left, the tea party movement’s platform of limited government, lower federal spending and opposition to Obama’s Progressive agenda has proven a good match with the public’s mood of unhappiness with Washington. “The Tea Party is bringing energy and voters to Republicans, and Democrats can’t seem to change the subject,” said Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Minnesota. “They have generated a ton of excitement and turned out votes.”
“Democrats are doing a great deal of whistling past the graveyard these days,” said Republican strategist Rich Galen. “They are looking for something to hang their hats on, but the Tea Party isn’t going to be it.”
Deep down, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid know this, which explains why they’re preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a slim grip on the majority.
In the next two weeks, Democratic leaders will review new polls and other data that show whether vulnerable incumbents have a path to victory. If not, the party is poised to redirect money to concentrate on trying to protect up to two dozen lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to fend off their challengers.
Nancy Pelosi, issued an urgent plea for members in safe districts to help their endangered colleagues by contributing money. She called out to Democrats who were delinquent on paying their party dues and instructed members with no re-election worries to tap into a combined $218 million from their campaign accounts to help save their majority.
“We need to know your commitment,” Pelosi wrote to lawmakers last week in a private letter, demanding that they call her within 72 hours to explain how they plan to help.
Oh, what it would be worth to be a fly on the wall of one of these “vulnerable” Democrats that supported Pelosi’s Progressive agenda as they learn that the party has decided to jettison their re-election campaign!
What a difference a year makes, and the tea party movement is largely responsible for that difference.
Still not convinced of the power of this great awakening known as the tea party? A new website sponsored by the NAACP and left-leaning media operations is seeking videographers and bloggers who will search out “racism” and “extremism” among Tea Partiers.
The site, sponsored by the NAACP, Think Progress, New Left Media and Media Matters for America, will monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the tea party movement. Yes, George Soros has entered the fray!
Nevermind that there has never been any documented proof of “racism and extremism”, the goal of this new endeavor is to present the tea party movement as intolerant, then paint the Republican Party with the same brush in hopes of affecting election results in November.
So, for those of you who make up this incredible grassroots movement, continue doing what you do. When you tire and grow frustrated, just look to the opposition and all the energy they’re pouring into overcoming the effects of your actions. Know that you are making a difference and take solace in the fact that the far left is completely perplexed on how to counter your efforts.
To quote Ted, from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; “Party on dudes!”
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