The Tea Party Goes To Washington

July 20, 2010

It’s official. There is now a Tea Party Caucus in the Congress of the United States of America.

Representative Michelle Bachmann filed the paperwork late last week, and the approval was granted almost immediately:

Bachmann CMO Approval Letter 111th Congress

They will be holding their first meeting tomorrow at 9am Eastern, followed by a 10am Press conference.

Response from the Left has been about what you might expect. Steny Hoyer took the opportunity to repeat the race-libel against the Tea Party:

“The Tea Party per se I don’t think is racist.”

“There are obviously, as I said on Sunday, I have seen some virulent racist tracks which I believe are harmful to the public discourse and inconsistent with Americans values. You would have to ask the Tea Party whether they agree with those or not. I mean I don’t know who the tea party is number one. You know, the answer to that question is I think that Joe Biden essentially said the same thing in a different, slightly different way. I don’t have any reason to believe the Tea Party itself is racist.”

When asked his feelings about the newly formed tea party caucus he said, “We’ll see how many of the Republicans join the Tea Party Caucus and see whether or not they want to adopt the Tea Party Agenda.”

There are also voices of caution from within Tea Party circles who do not want to see the Tea Party become an extension of the Republican party. Confidential sources, however, have told me that Mitch McConnell has quietly been traveling around the country raising money against potential Tea Party candidates, and Michael Steele has been almost silent in the face of race-libel charges from elected Democrats and the NAACP, so I don’t think there is much to worry about on that front.

Libertarians and Conservatives in the Tea Party should embrace this caucus for a number of reasons. First of all, even though Bachmann’s office denies this, this caucus could prove to be a formidable rival to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. More importantly though, the next time Democrats and their media organs label the Tea Party as racist, by extension they will be calling identifiable members of congress racists, too. It’s one thing for these race traffickers to ruin the lives and reputations of average plebeians, but they might hesitate to do the same to elected officials.

The other upside here is that now the Tea Party will know exactly which elected officials actually support the Tea Party Movement, and which ones only pay lip service.

The Caucus has already attracted several members:

  • GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN)
  • NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) — the ranking member on the Select Committee on Intelligence who is also running for governor of Michigan.

2 Responses to The Tea Party Goes To Washington

  1. LOUD elf on July 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m frankly disgusted by Bachmann’s move. What this means is that her caucus will be linked to the movement despite the fact they may vote in direct conflict of how Tea Partiers feel.

    To me, this is nothing more than seizing a popular political torch for her party’s (the GOP’s) political gain. By doing this, the GOP will minimize the chances that a fraction of their voters will start voting for non-GOP (independent, Libertarian, etc) candidates, and therefor reel the right wing back to them. We’ve seen these two parties do this several times over history in order to dumb the populace into an either/or perceived option, and this is the latest chapter.

  2. E. on July 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    The “Tea Party” is over. When the U.S. House allows a “Tea-Party Caucus” and a Republican has asked for it, that’s the only conclusion a halfway aware person can draw.

    Grass Roots Co-Opted by the Establishment.

    Watch where all this goes from here. Watch.

    Sarah Palin will probably become the adviser to the caucus, or some such.

    Thanks. E.


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