Note: This is a guest blog by long-time Tea Party activist Phil Anderson – Phil and I worked together in the Tea Party and the Clark County Republican Party in 2009-10 – he’s a good guy and a savvy observer of the political scene in Nevada and around the country.
Like many of you who read my posts I got caught up in the Tea Party movement. Please note I said movement. What many of its opponents fail to realize is that the “Tea Party” never was a party and I doubt it will ever be and that is at it should be.
I attended the rallies, made signs, held signs, signed petitions all the rest that you do when you find a group that believes like you do and are willing to stand up and say or do something about it.
The movement had success in the 2010 elections. The “party” developed and backed candidates, won elections against democrats and effectively removed some that proclaimed their allegiance to the right side of the political spectrum…but in reality were not.
And then it started. The election over, many successes under their belt, there was no reason for the Tea party to do anything more…the Tea Party began to fade away. At least that was the perception.
I continued to meet with leaders in the movement, attend various functions, went to numerous “tea party” meetings and watched as the enthusiasm began to wane. But that enthusiasm, that frustration…that anger was going somewhere…it had to. It did. That enthusiasm went to resolve.
Instead of fading away, like many on the right do after a successful election, the members of the movement did what has never been done before… they turned their visible actions of the 2010 elections to building the foundations for future successes; quietly, focused, behind the scenes and under the radar.
In subsequent elections and primaries the Tea Party is proving to be a force. On 5-8-2012 Dick Lugar (R) Indiana went down to defeat to a Tea Party backed candidate Richard Mourdock , in a recall election the unchallenged Governor Scott Walker (R) Wisconsin received more votes than the two union backed and funded Democrat candidates combined and North Carolina amended its Constitution to protect their right to recognize marriage as that between a man and woman from activists judges. All in all a pretty good day for a party that has been proclaimed dead by many in the media and the establishment right.
The Tea Party is winning. We know who the winners are but who are the losers going to be. The far left, they don’t know the power of the sleeping giant they have awakened. The political punditry who claim to represent the right …they don’t and are being exposed for what they are. The Republican elite, they are caught up in polls, money and the need to be “understood” by our political opponents. They have forgotten all victories require loyal troops who believe in their leaders…the Tea Party questions their leaders and representatives before they commit to the fight.
I have a concern about one of the losers the local Republican parties. The people that are needed to breathe life and vibrancy into them are committing the efforts elsewhere. The local parties are now vulnerable to be taken over by the radical elements of the political right. Some already have been.
Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative
Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign. In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director. He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries. He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or firstname.lastname@example.org …
About our Guest Blogger, Phil Anderson: Phil is an active blogger on Nevada politics, and is the founder of Success City Politics, which not only has a political news source (Success City Online) covering Nevada politics, but he has a successful business creating websites for conservative political candidates and conservative businesses. As Phil says, it’s “For Business Entrepreneurs … and Business Friendly Politics.”
“With a full spectrum of new media online services, Success City Politics helps hardworking business people and politicians get their message found online. They offer Blogs, Internet Talk Radio, Videos, Web site design & new media services.”
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