Tea Party Sustainability

Russ Steele

After the 2010 Tea Party led victory in the House of Representatives, our local lefties claimed after it’s 15 minutes in the spot light the Tea Party would fade away.  That has not happened. Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, writing at the Washington Examiner has some insight on Tea Party sustainability in his column: A Tea Party I-told-you-so 

I liked his conclusion:

But there’s another reason why the Tea Party movement won’t go away in November: As millions of Americans were drawn into politics for the first time, many of them learned something important: It’s fun. It’s fun to elect candidates, fun to win elections — fun even to lose, sometimes, compared to staying home and shouting at the TV. Once involved in politics, people tend to stick around. I think that’ll happen here, too.

See you at the polls. Ellen and I are going to be poll watchers for the first time.  We are looking forward to the experience. Glenn is right, this is more fun than hollering at the TV screen. We will also be checking in at Sue McGuire’s Election Party — win or lose it will be a fun event.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Tea Party Sustainability

  1. sean2829 says:

    Russ,
    My short dabbling with politics about 20 years ago left me with the conclusion that people who get involved with politics are ofter more driven by love of the game of politics than principles of government. Maryland is a one party state and while there is a GOP, many conservative Democrats might actually find themselves more philosophically aligned with the GOP but you just can’t do much as a perpetual minority. I realize the Tea Party is not monolithic, but it seems to me the people that partipate are there for principle. I think if the Tea Parties keep principles as their driving force and are never absorbed into the mainstream GOP, they might become a conscience that the GOP needs. The Democratic party is in desparate need of a grass roots organization that guides the party on principles important to their base. They have lost touch with the working people that once was their base and now seem just to cobble together enough small interest groupls to form critical mass of coalition. I personnaly think that if the GOP really wanted a stronger influence in American politics, they’d find a way to reach out to blue collar workers and immigrants that come her in search of opportunity and become the party that represents the interests a broad section of Americans that the Democrats have abandoned.

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