Tea Party 2010: Revolution Brewing? Or Is That Some Weak Tea?
Will the tea party movement be able to swing races? Their ranks do not lack for motivation and energy, but they may not possess the skills necessary to affect change in state politics. They also may lack money and an effective fundraising apparatus. They may be able to work with local candidates for 2010 primaries, however they will be hard-pressed to find brand new primary candidates to run between now and primary registration dates. This obviously depends on state law, but getting it sorted is a colossal task that takes coordination and great effort.
What may have affected the development of the activists is the fact that many seemed to have been suffering under the delusion that they were “reinventing” politics at the grassroots. Politics is politics, and even the tea party movement has been affected by egos, personality clashes, regionalism, and fakery.
The tea party movement may be best served by operating locally. Mass rallies in D.C. and phone-calling initiatives do not seem to be effective in modern politics. Local activism could have an actual effect, and is a good part of what the left has done to gain power.
The movement needs to be thinking about 2012 and beyond. They need to train themselves to effectively work in the political sphere that exists, not the fantasy one that has been created by the enthusiasm of the movement. Obama fooled millions with a promised “new dawn in politics.” The tea party movement must be wary of reality.
They have the drive and might; they need skills and patience. This year is pivotal for Republicans, Democrats, and politics in general, and the tea party movement has decisions to make regarding its direction.