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Are Tea Party Activists Suffering from ObamaCare Burnout?

With all the back and forth for rallies between D.C. and home, activists have not been able to pay as much attention to promoting candidates who espouse free market principles.

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Andrew Ian Dodge

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March 25, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Last Tuesday, the tea party movement mustered thousands to head to D.C. to do a “mass-lobby” of the House of Representatives, as they did again this last Saturday. A report from the Tuesday “war room” tells of a spit-and-bailing-wire operation. The report concludes:

The tea party movement’s long term viability is likely dependent on people who can actually get volunteers to do more then just bring a flag to a rally. Even if attendance was small, its hard to refute the notion that they didn’t achieve anything, “people dropped what they were doing on a two or three day notice — the rally was only announced three or four days ago — and our whole effort only started ten days ago.” Even if the health care bill does become law, in other measures, the movement may still be enjoying limited success.

On Saturday, there was a “final push” against the bill. The “Code Red” campaign, run by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), had been a source of information on how the vote was going. Ultimately, the valiant effort to rally activists in order to to pressure the ObamaCare waverers failed.

But there are always complications in this sort of grand affair. The event on Saturday, dubbed “the People’s Surge,” was named ironically, at least if you follow the thinking of the left. There will no doubt be more surges by the tea party movement in D.C., trying to convince our elected representatives to stem the tide of socialism. Those on the receiving end of the multitude of phone calls, faxes, emails, and personal visits might not be terribly pleased with the attention.

Because of the small number of activists and limited time, many Republicans who might have had primary opponents either won’t, or will have only lackluster challenges. In some states, like Maine, divided efforts mean there are still places were Democrats are running with no opposition whatsoever.

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