Glenn Reynolds has a great op-ed in this morning’s WSJ that should lay rest to the Tea-Party-as-organ-of-Fox-News-or-Republican-National-Committee-or-corporate-lobbyists meme, at least with rational people.
In the piece, he points out that many, if not all of the tea parties so far, have been organized by people with very little, if any, prior experience in political organizing. Although of particular note is Reynolds’ closing paragraph:
This influx of new energy and new talent is likely to inject new life into small-government politics around the nation. The mainstream Republican Party still seems limp and disorganized. This grassroots effort may revitalize it. Or the tea-party movement may lead to a new third party that may replace the GOP, just as the GOP replaced the fractured and hapless Whigs
What happens to the Tea Party movement after today? Despite attempts by the lefty bloggers to cartoonishly paint this movement as something engineered by some sinister Dr. Evil-type mastermind in a hollowed-out volcano lair, the fact is nobody knows what happens next. But it will certainly be interesting to watch.
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