Tea Party Movement 2.0

Erik Erickson, Red State

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer admits the tea party movement is getting members of Congress to thing about retiring.

Most excellent.

And that is what the movement should be about, more or less, but there is much more too. And judging by the reaction from yesterday, a lot of people got the point I was making, but a vocal minority not only did not get it, but were highly offended and thought I was attacking them.

Of course I was not attacking them. I would have to be attacking myself. I have said repeatedly that I consider myself part of the tea party movement. But their reaction and that of others suggests to me too many have become so fixated on being a part of this thing called the tea party movement that there is a reluctance to move forward into something else.

A friend suggested I should have referred to it as Tea Party 2.0, which actually gets to the gist of what I am talking about, but I am more and more convinced we must leave behind the moniker of the tea party.

Let me see if I can break this down again without causing more wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The Good

The tea party movement has gotten a lot of people off the sidelines and into the political arena. The reason the tea party movement is so shocking to so many is because you never see those types of people protesting. Tea party activists are worried about making ends meet, taking care of their families, and doing their jobs. They are not typical protestors. When they take to the street people notice.

Look at what Hoyer said.

To read more, visit: https://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/04/14/tea-party-movement-20/

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