Richmond Tea Party April 15 2009
It’s a question I’ve alluded to in previous postings.
From what I’ve seen, in many cases the answer is yes — yes, if your definition of establishment is political players who control the behind the scenes workings that manipulate who and what we end up voting for.
Candidates come and go but it is the consultants, media strategists, attorneys and lobbyists who provide the grease and wherewithal for a candidate to win a big race. The people who run the campaigns are closely tied to the larger organizations like Heritage Foundation, AFA, NRA etc., and they move from campaign to campaign, candidate to candidate.
Unfortunately, to win the big races, like US Senate, it takes experience to navigate the maze of required filings and arcane fundraising rules, and true ‘tea party’ candidates – true Mr. Smith Goes to Washington political novices – are so far behind the curve that if they have any chance at all to win they find themselves at the mercy of the same old snakes in the grass who have been responsible for the elections of some of the worst political offenders.
Basically, it’s simply the same old tug of war between the same players, some of them work for moderates and some for conservatives. It is as old as the hills. It’s just that today, Moderates are now called RINOs and Conservatives are called Tea Party.
The Tea Party movement didn’t start OUT this way though….this is just how it has ended up.
But — in the down ballot races where the grassroots is truly a factor, where there isn’t money to buy TV ad time, and plaster the highway with signs, that is where the real tea party comes in. And that is why many local tea party leaders understand that the way to really change how things are done is to load up the town councils, the precinct chairs, the state legislatures etc, give some novices a chance to see how to get things done, get the experience to start winning races at the national level.
Some people are going to say I’m totally off base because, look at Jim DeMint, look at Rand Paul, look at Michele Bachmann…but these people didn’t rise up in politics through the tea party movement. They were conservatives or in the case of Paul, libertarians who were not weaned politically by the Tea Party Express or what have you in 2009.
It’s a pretty deep topic for conversation, actually.