Dear Readers: It seems that The Once decided to use his tried-and-true “bitter clinger” approach to motivating the electorate, mixing it in with a little Star Wars analogy! Of course, this calls for a Mut Movie Classic Moment!
One of the reason for my OPTIMISM (truly, not cockiness, Instapundit!) are recent poll numbers. Long-time Democrat Congressional vets like Inouye of Hawaii, open-borders extremist Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Sanchez of California, and nutty Kucinich of Ohio are performing substantially below previous years — to the point their districts are no longer considered “safe”. Miller and Angle seem to be holding their own as a Tea Party candidates.
BONUS: HillBuzz has an essential reading post today: Obama, for first time, is being called “a complete disaster” in Boystown gay community of Chicago
And Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition’s own Sarah Bond was an author of a lead editorial this weekend in the San Diego Union Tribune, which focused on the relevancy of the Tea Party. It was co-authored by Stop Taxing Us’ Gary Gonsalves. A snippet: Tea time? Movement is built on America’s core principles
Each tea party group charters its own vision based on the tea party fundamentals of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free markets and personal economic freedom.
This is a leaderless movement, guided by an inherited respect for the core principles that made this the freest, most prosperous nation in the world. It is this lack of central organization that is key to our strength and staying power. Any attempt to besmirch one group or leader has only spawned more groups and more leaders. Like a starfish divided and tossed into the ocean, it only comes back stronger in number.
The counter-point to this wonderful editorial was a trite piece from the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party (Jeff Durfee) on how partisan the Tea Party movement is. Laughable, as another cofounder of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition is a registered Democrat.
Durfee: I am the co-founder of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition — I work closely with Sarah Bond who is the author of the counter-piece to yours and who is a coordinator of that group. I am also a registered Democrat.
If all Tea Party Participants are “Republicans”, then how do you explain the 13% of us Democrats who are involved in this citizens movement? Data Here:
Over 40% of SCTRC’s members are Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, undeclared or are not otherwise connected to the GOP.
Furthermore, SCTRC and groups we work closely with (i.e., Stop Taxing Us, Tea Party Patriots) have utterly NO connection to Tea Party Express. Additionally, our focus is on the fiscal issues only, not the social issues you wish to use as a part of weak-minded “progressive” scare-mongering tactics.
I resent that my party, the one that makes Jack “Rising Tide Lifts All Boats” Kennedy a icon, has been taken over by people like you who think extreme taxation and excessive spending promotes personal liberty. You may wish to review the words of Democratic Party founder Thomas Jefferson: “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
I know many Democrats, like myself, who are enthusiastic about Nov. 2nd. Sadly for you, they find your points untrue and will be backing Tea Party candidates nationwide. If the Democratic Party was smart, they would take a clue and find optimistic, fiscally responsible, American-loving representatives in the vein of Kennedy and Jefferson to offer in future elections.
If I can’t take on the whole Empire, at least I can take on the County Democratic Party chairman! 🙂
The Liberator Today offers a great review of the San Diego Union Tribune editorials: Tea Party – Dedicated to Core Principals – UPDATED
UPDATE: Stromata Blog, linked via Instapundit, as a wonderful post my husband Horemheb could have written: 5 Reasons Not to Get Cocky.
1. It’s not enough to win; you have to win by more than the margin of fraud.
2. An unenthusiastic vote counts just as much as an enthusiastic one.
3. Money still talks, and Dem money talks louder and smarter.
4. If lying didn’t work, nobody would do it.
5. The pollsters are skating on stilts.