Happy Election Day
Happy Election Day.
The Wall Street Journal has a must read piece on the evolution of the tea party movement. Rather than hiding in the post-Bush wilderness, conservatives decided to take the fight to the establishment. A key excerpt:
Twenty months since the tea party sprang onto the political stage, it now faces its moment of truth, in states across the South, the Rockies, and the crucial Rust Belt. These places are expected to be crucial to the 2012 presidential election.
In Colorado’s Senate race, tea-party favorite Republican Ken Buck has gained a slight lead in the polls over incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet. In South Dakota, tea-party favorite Republican Kristi Noem is running close against Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for the state’s lone U.S. House seat. In Pennsylvania, tea-party supported Republican Pat Toomey is neck and neck with Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.). Ms. Angle had inched ahead of Mr. Reid, who was fighting back with a massive, Democratic-sponsored get-out-the-vote effort. In Kentucky, Mr. McConnell has been raising money for and campaigning with Mr. Paul, the tea-party favorite he once opposed.
After the Bush years—marked in part by banking bailouts and soaring spending—some fiscal conservatives feared they were destined for the wilderness in the face of a Democratic ascendancy.
But the group resuscitated a weakened conservative movement. Economic stagnation, massive deficits and the unlikely crowds of political neophytes and others who took to the streets unexpectedly gave conservatives a new lease on life.
Without a doubt, the past 20 months have been historic and tonight many conservatives will be savoring the fruits of victory. But, we cannot afford to take our eyes off the ultimate target – returning America’s government to it’s constitutionally, limited role. On November 3, we need to start taking action to make that happen.