(You gotta think the fifty year-old white guys were saying, "This is an April Fools joke, right?")
Anywho, let's first hit a video from KETV about the whole gig (said rappers at the 1:35 mark). [Not embedded, opens a new page.]
Then there is KMTV's piece on the party where we see Rep. Lee Terry out and about with the gang. Note Lee playing the fine line between mingling with the crowd and chucking crates of tea into the lake.
And then (at the 1:30 mark) Dave Roberts has a quick interview with Mike Sakalosky, who is challenging Terry in the Primary. (Wait...who? MikeSak.com? Oh well...)
It will be interesting to see where this movement goes in the next few years. Arguably we've seen it before with Ross Perot (Dan Quayle in the Wash Post on that issue today) and Ron Paul. But will the Tea Partiers bust off and try to form a new party? Or will they really get themselves organized and try to influence the Republican Party, a'la the Christian Conservatives in Iowa back in the 90's.
Or can they get organized? There is no doubt passion amongst the people who are following this latest movement. They make many good points about the direction of the government and they have made a lot of noise. Can that turn into votes?
Well look at it this way: Often times groups hope to get their message across with free media. Posting videos on YouTube that will never actually make it to TV. Holding protests with small numbers, just hoping that the press takes notice.
Well, the Tea Partiers have accomplished some of those lower goals already. So will they have influence in the bigger scheme that they hope? If they do it right, they may.
Put it this way: If they simply back the Mike Saks of the world, and stop there, they're going nowhere. What will they do if/when Mike fails to make it past May? Go for a third party to ensure the Democrats take over? (How has that experiment in the White House gone so far?)
We've seen these folks with a lot of passion and home made signs lately, but here's the question? What is the next step?
It's a legitimate question, and one that we would throw out to the commenters here on Leavenworth Street. (And let's stop with the banalities of "take back our government!".) What are the actual goals, and where are you/they headed.
We want to know.