Like many of you, I’m not a huge fan of the New York Times. But when a newspaper of that size is able to overcome its liberal bias and point out the success of the Tea Party, even I will take notice.
After the recent success of Richard Mourdock, who unseated 6-term veteran Dick Lugar for Indiana’s Republican nomination for Senate, the Times notes that
In Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas, Republican Senate candidates are vying for the mantle of Tea Party outsider. A number of them say that they would seek to press an agenda that is generally to the right of the minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and that they would demand a deeper policy role for the Senate’s growing circle of staunch conservatives.
Why does this matter? Because, having gained a strong foothold in the House, our movement is marching on. While the pundits have been quick to proclaim the death of the Tea Party, we’ve been working under the radar, consolidating power in the House of Representatives, and now we’re pushing into the Senate by defeating veterans like Lugar who have lost touch with their constituents and their conservative principles.
This slowly-building success shows that the Tea Party, in sharp contrast to the Occupy crowd, is making inroads in fixing our broken political system. And with the debt deal deadline looming, with mandated cuts to the military budget, it is important that America understand that the tectonic shift that took place in our country’s politics in 2009 and 2010 is not over.
Uniting around a presidential candidate was a challenge for our broad, bottom-up movement, but if we continue to make gains in the House and Senate, the Tea Party revolution will roll on. My fellow patriots, we are taking this country back… and even the New York Times has to sit up and take notice.