To this blogger, the Tea Party seems more mood than political movement; a channel for peoples' righteous anger at the stubborn mess this country finds itself in; a way for people to feel less afraid that nobody in government cares.
It also seems to me that Tea Partiers feel they can draw a line in history's sands, step backwards over it, and start again in 1783.
Tea Partiers again out-voted Republicans in yesterday's Republican primaries. They partied on in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, choosing Christine O'Donnell, founder of S.A.L.T. (Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth, an anti-lust, anti-masturbation organization) over the current Republican Representative, moderate Mike Castle.
Castle, the poor nincompoop, ran on his experience. That is not politically savvy these days.
Farther north, as NPR puts it,
Up I-95 in New York, another Tea Party choice, businessman Carl Paladino, pasted former Congressman Rick Lazio to win the Republican governor's nomination.
The results on the Republican side continued the run of successes the Tea Party movement has had this year.
Tea Party victories in Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada, Florida, Alaska and now Delaware and New York were fueled by anger towards Washington over deficits, bailouts, the health care overhaul and the economy.I spent a fair amount of time this morning looking for anything approaching a comprehensive platform offered by either of the newly-selected candidates. All I could find is that both support the repeal of the new health care act and both support "fiscal responsibility."
I fully acknowledge Tea Party Patriot members' right to feel however they feel – whether it's angry, frustrated, scared, or truly concerned about the Constitution. Yet while I can empathize with such emotions, I still want to hear specific ideas from them about how to address this country's very real current troubles.
Saying the budget needs to be balanced doesn't balance the budget.
I see tomorrow's Virginia Insight as my chance to listen to what our area's Tea Party leaders have to say. And to ask for their specific ideas. I do hope you will join me in both listening and asking.