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Does President Obama “feel your pain” or is he feeling his own, getting kicked in the bottom by the Tea Parties?Do establishment Republicans, late to the party, join the conga line or waltz around the Tea Party theme?
Remarkably, Internet-power Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and MSM Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift sorta agree about the impact of the Tea Parties.
Reynolds, early and consistently encouraged by the people power of the Tea Party movement, writes in today’s Washington Examiner that,
It's one thing when record stores or video rental places get dis-intermediated. It's a whole different ball game when people who rely on politics not only for their livelihood, but for maintaining their considerable sense of self-importance discover that they may not be quite as necessary as it once seemed.
But that hard lesson is becoming apparent. In fact, the Tea Party movement seems to be showing better political judgment than either of the two major political parties.
Reynolds believes the Tea Party movement will have even more power going in to the 2010 elections, as it develops a Contract From America.
It's a set of ideas developed via an interactive Web site, where voting determines which elements are most important. And it's not a top-down contract consisting of promises made by leaders to the voters -- it's more in the nature of a contract of employment from the voters, which politicians may choose to accept, or look for alternative employment.
This is basically a crowd-sourced party platform, with the smoke-filled rooms and convention logrolling taken out of the picture. More dis-intermediation. I'm guessing that the political class won't like it much, either.
But whether the political class likes it or not, this sort of thing is probably here to stay. While 2009 was the year of denigrating and ignoring the tea parties, I suspect that in 2010, they'll be listened to quite closely. Those who fail to do so, are likely to find themselves out of a job.
Dan Riehl comments re: "fragmentation" of Tea Party movement. It is already, and that's a strength, bottom up instead of top down.
Eleanor Clift, columnist at Newsweek,reluctantly recognizes the Tea Parties past successes, despite the Conventional Wisdom (i.e., from liberals like her).
Less than half a year later, the tea-party movement is the tip of the spear shaping the White House policy agenda, putting Obama on the defensive on spending and forcing Democrats to elevate deficit reduction as a priority.
Clift is correct in recognizing the grass-roots pragmatism of Tea Partiers, supporting moderate candidates as long as they represent a turn away from more government intrusion into our pockets and lives.Clift concludes by asking limited government types to reply to President Obama’s newfound interest in hearing from those who oppose him.And, we are to believe that Clift, Obama, and their ilk will now, after never listening before?
To offer your two-cents to the Contract From America, here’s your invite.
I couldn't be more pleased--I went to both rallies in NYC April and July, and it's great to see what a force it all has become. The fact that Clift actually had to write that column speaks volumes.
This is a story about Ohio Tea Party members running for all the precinct executive positions:
Thanks, Johnny I -- that's where a lot of the real action is going to be, in all the local political apparatus. I admire anyone who runs for even the smallest office at the precinct level. As a way of making one's voice effective, it's a step up from voting, the minimum level of commitment. Yeesshh, it's not a job I'd enjoy, so now I'm examining my conscience (again).
It's not really in reply to feeblemind, but to Clift. Why is a choice forced? Anyhow, Clift will be one of those MSM types who will now quietly retire the "teabagger" insult derived from antics among the bath house set and put into play by the homosexual anchor Anderson Cooper. Have you noticed how the legacy media is always several steps behind? Think they'll ever ask why the Obama administration has spent $1.3 million and still counting on preventing a trial on what they dismisses as the "birther" controversy?
If Clift believes that the Tea Parties have put Zero on the defensive on deficit spending, then I'd sure hate to think what an adventurous Zero would be doing, given the now-record $1.6 Trillion deficit he proposes.