Not that I have anything against very rude, often uneducated, well-armed conservatives loudly disrupting town hall meetings while adorning themselves with misspelled racist signage and three-cornered hats with tea bags hanging all over them, but come on, seriously? The tea party is planning a comeback?
Until last night, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that the Tea Party was on the wane. Congressional leaders of the nascent movement, like Allen West and Joe Walsh had lost reelection, or, like Jim DeMint, had decided to leave politics altogether. House Speaker John Boehner had stripped some of the more outspoken members of the Tea Party caucus of their congressional leadership posts, a sign that the GOP establishment was no longer going to be led by its ultra-conservative tail. The big money groups backing the Tea Party were falling apart in a spate of post-election season squabbling.
However… there’s always a however…
… the tea baggers (they coined that word themselves, by the way) are a little peeved about Congress voting to allow a teeny tiny percentage of the Bush tax cuts to expire, so out come the Don’t Tread on Me flags.
“Outrageous,” said Matt Kibbe, president of Freedom Works, “is an understatement. This bill is an epic fail.”
Where’s Dick Armey when you need him? Oh yeah. Depositing his $8 million.
In Ohio, Cincinnati Tea Party president George Brunemann said he looked forward to “having a conversation” with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who voted in favor of the measure.
“I think you will see more challenges [in 2014],” he said. “I am deeply concerned. We always knew that we had some people who were willing to go to the dark side of the force. We now need to show that the Tea Party movement isn’t dead.”
Chad Connelly, the chairman of the South Carolina GOP:
“If you think 2010 was the Tea Party Congress, just wait until 2014. You will see people even more angry and up in arms. I don’t think we have seen nothing yet.”
“I don’t think we have seen nothing yet”? Grammar aside, Chad’s mistaken, we’ve seen it all. We just don’t want to see it all again: