In the wake of the
midterm election, lots of people are using political scorecards to rate the Tea Party movement, ie chalking up how many of “Tea Party candidates” won or lost. US
But the future of this movement can’t be determined by its won-lost record. The Tea Party is not a political party and can’t be judged like one.
Rather it’s simply a collection of Americans fed up with big government, high taxes and massive deficits.
More importantly, Tea Partiers are willing to fight for the values they believe in, even it means taking on the Republican Party establishment.
And it’s a fight they are winning.
Love it or hate it, the Tea Party is getting the message out as to what’s wrong with
and what it will take to set the country back on the right track. America
It’s now a force that can’t be ignored by either Republicans or Democrats.
But will the Tea Party survive its own success?
That’s a question that’s more important than whether or not the Tea Party helped or hindered the Republicans on Election night.
And it’s a question that’s relevant because the movement faces some serious challenges in the near future.
First, it’s possible the Republican Party, flush with its November 2nd victory, will seek to co-opt the Tea Party.
This, of course, would rob the movement of its independence and its credibility.
Consider what happened here in
with the National Citizens Coalition. Once an independent voice for conservative principles, the NCC is now basically a cheerleader for the Harper Tories. Canada
Will the Tea Party like the NCC, allow itself to be co-opted?
A second danger facing the Tea Party movement is much more basic: it just might run out fuel.
And the fuel of the Tea Party movement is anger. Tea Partiers are angry with bad government and angry at what the Establishment is doing to their country.
But anger is a difficult emotion to sustain over a long haul, a fact which could dampen the movement’s intensity.
I hope, of course, the Tea Party is up to these challenges and remains a vibrant political force.
Now more than ever
needs a voice for fiscal sanity. And America ’s conservative movement needs the example. Canada