The 40 or so “Tea Parties” held around the country yesterday and today came almost out of nowhere, but their spontaneous success reveals a growing anger that still remains under the radar of the mainstream media and most Americans.
I’ve spent the past 15 years working in professional politics, and trust me: getting a hundred people to turn out for one outdoor rally in February with less than a week’s notice is very, very tough – even if you’re tapping into the infrastructure of an established organization. Getting hundreds of people to turn out at dozens of rallies in different cities using non-professional, volunteer organizers is damn near impossible.
Yet it happened yesterday, and it was done almost entirely at the grassroots level through Facebook and Twitter. While a number of national pro-taxpayer groups nominally sponsored the event, as best I can tell, only one put any real institutional weight into the effort. If the other groups really get involved, this movement is going to truly explode.
Check out some of the videos and photos from yesterday’s rallies. These aren’t small crowds. And they’re going to get much, much larger as the economy worsens and the Democrats in Washington pass bailout after bailout and New Deal program after New Deal program.
Judging from the skyrocketing traffic to this blog since I posted my video from the DC Tea Party here yesterday – and from the constant pinging of my in-box every time a new comment is posted on the video – this Tea Party movement is going to get big. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here, but I do know that something’s going on.
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