Tea Party turmoil | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tea Party turmoil

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Anger is one thing. Noisy town hall meetings will spook craven politicians. But, over the long haul, any movement needs organization, a little rational thought, planning, follow-through. The Tea Party? Not there yet. Washington Post writes:

The national tea party movement has never had a central organization or single leader; in fact, it has boasted the opposite. But Tuesday's primary results provided fresh evidence of the amorphous network's struggle to convert activist anger and energy into winning results. Frustrated and lacking agreement on what to do next, self-identified tea party leaders say the movement may be in danger of breaking apart before it ever really comes together.

"No one owns the tea party brand, and that's kind of the problem," said Brendan Steinhauser, grass-roots director for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea party groups. "In Virginia — it breaks my heart. You've got six self-appointed tea party candidates and one establishment guy. You're not going to beat the establishment guy in that situation."

Judson Phillips, founder of another national organization, Tea Party Nation, said some activists are starting to act like mainstream politicians. "It's supposed to be something other than politics as usual, but some of these folks are only looking out for themselves and not for the country."

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