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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - The Tea Party
Tea party-backed lawmakers who swept into office by taking on "establishment" politicians in both parties are paying the price in the redistricting process taking shape in state legislatures across the country.
What is the Tea Party? Who is the Tea Party? Big media types and the larger left have their demagogic spin: Tea Partyers are racist, backwoods, anti-government dunderheads with a predisposition toward domestic terrorism. In a word, they're "extremists."
The tea party protests and parades were much more modest this Tax Day, reflecting the grass-roots movement's metamorphosis from the mass fist-waving demonstrations of the past two years to something much more precise and targeted — a political "smart" bomb that, for now, shows no signs of becoming a third-party movement.
The trio are out and about this weekend. Sarah Palin will rally with an Americans for Prosperity "Tea Party Tax Day" event in Madison, Wis., on Saturday at high noon.
"What happened to the campaign promise of $100 billion?" radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded Monday. "If $38 billion is it, there's going to be hell to pay," he predicted.
Voters sent a loud, angry message to President Obama and Congress last November that government is too big, and spends too much. Cut it.
House Speaker John A. Boehner praised tea partyers Thursday morning, and then members of the grass-roots movement assailed him in the afternoon, saying the Ohio Republican shouldn't give in to Democrats' demands in the spending battle in Congress, even if that results in a government shutdown.
By this point every four years, South Carolina expects to see a flood of White House hopefuls crossing the state, from its low country swamps to its upstate farms to its coastal communities.
Tea Party conservatives like Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul are often vilified as lunatics, conspiracy theorists, ignoramuses and worse. In "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," Mr. Paul - with the help of columnist and radio host Jack Hunter - counters this hateful caricature with a book that is fact-filled, economically literate and frequently charming.
The moment of truth is coming for the pro-life movement. The battle over defunding Planned Parenthood will show if we are a politically viable force - with political power that is respected and feared - or simply a cute political bauble.
One cannot mention CPAC 2011 (Conservative Political Action Conference) without invoking the Tea Party. The Tea Party's energy, enthusiasm and political stamina permeated CPAC 2011. Speakers at CPAC were not in Washington to rouse a crowd but to harness the Tea Party's power. In fact, speakers like Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann were at most conductors motioning to a seasoned orchestra ready to play. And the driving force of that orchestra, indeed the source of its power is unquestioningly the Tea Party.
The Obama Treasury Department's new housing reform report comes to the wise conclusion that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must be eliminated. The Tea Party and Republicans should be saying, "We can work with this."
In 2008, candidate Barack Obama famously said: "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of the future; the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided; that we cannot come together; that we cannot remake this world as it should be."
Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the Tea Party caucus in the new Congress, gave more than a response to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. She gave us a look at the new political woman in Washington.
A lot of people are wondering what to do about Clarence Dupnik, sheriff of Pima County, Ariz. He's the left-wing lawman who shot off his mouth and blamed everyone to the right of President Obama for the Jan. 8 massacre in Tucson. Last April, he boasted that he would not enforce S.B. 1070, the state's immigration enforcement law, which he called "racist," "stupid" and "disgusting." In September, he accused Tea Party members of being bigots.