- May 13, 2010
- Reaction score
- Los Angels, USA
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
The angry, frustrated, unhappy Republicans, Independents, Democrats, and previously uninterested non-voters who have had enough and are not going to take it anymore, those are The Tea Party. This isn’t anymore a political party issue, it has become and American issue.Visigoths at the Gate?Charles Krauthammer - Visigoths at the gate?
By Charles Krauthammer
When facing a tsunami, what do you do? Pray, and tell yourself stories. I am not privy to the Democrats' private prayers, but I do hear the stories they're telling themselves. The new meme is that there's a civil war raging in the Republican Party. The tea party will wreck it from within and prove to be the Democrats' salvation.
I don't blame anyone for seeking a deus ex machina when about to be swept out to sea. But this salvation du jour is flimsier than most.
In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that a spontaneous and quite anarchic movement with no recognized leadership or discernible organization has been merged with such relative ease into the Republican Party.
What is at stake and the level of clear and present danger are different now than when The Perot Party was formed. The major upsets in Virginia, New Jersey, and in Massachusetts were triggered by The Tea Party due precisely to huge political stake and people’s insecurities.
The Tea Party started on February 19, 2009 when Rick Santelli on CNBC Business Newslive called for a Chicago Tea Party, where he criticized the unfairness of taxpayers paying the mortgages of those who couldn’t afford them and shouldn’t get them. In response fiscally conservative activists began to organized groups that quickly spread and adopted the Tea Party mantra. November election will test their strength and resilience.