The Tea Party is Far from Dead
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The Tea Party, by the way, is not a party. It’s a name. The Tea Party is a coalition of grassroots activists that have just come together. There is no official Tea Party. They’re idea people and they’re not totally unified on everything, but they’re identifiable as people who are fed up with the establishment of both parties, including the Republican Party.
They’re fed up with the spending. They’re fed up with out of-control-Washington. They’re fed up with growth of government. They’re fed up with that. This Senate race in North Carolina, I talked to a lot of people who would call themselves Tea Party people or sympathizers who were not particularly in favor of the supposed Tea Party candidate there. But that’s not the race in North Carolina that’s really explanatory.
The media is taking that Senate race in North Carolina and, predictably, they’re running with the news that the Tea Party’s dead, that it doesn’t exist, that all these powerful people came out and endorsed this candidate, and they went down in flames. It’s the end of Ted Cruz. It’s the end of Mike Lee. You Tea Party people may as well just give up and either join the Republican Party establishment or shut up and go home. I mean, that’s the tenor of the coverage, and it’s actually quite different.
There happened to be another election in North Carolina on Tuesday that is far more representative than the Senate race was. And that was North Carolina Third District, where the incumbent is a Republican, Walter Jones. The Democrats and the establishment types in the Republican Party went in there, there was a combined one million dollars spent on a single district race to get rid of the 20-year incumbent, Walter Jones, and they failed. And that is the true indicator of the strength of the Tea Party and of, I would say, the weakness of the establishment.
The Republican establishment wanted to get rid of Walter Jones because he went against the leadership on the debt limit vote and a couple of other really defining things. So the leadership, quite naturally, was out to get him. The Democrats piled on, they wanted his seat, and it went up in flames. Walter Jones held on. Let me read you an account.