The gathering of members of the Dallas Tea Party in front of Sen. John Cornyn's office yesterday in Dallas, is indicative to me of the continued strength of the movement. From the beginning, liberals have underestimated what the tea parties were all about. In the beginning, the blamed Fox News and other conservative outlets for drumming up the tea parties. They couldn't have been more wrong.
What happened in Dallas yesterday, and with the tea party movement in general, is a clear signal that people have had enough of excessive government spending, whether from conservatives or liberals. That's the point about the protests that liberals have missed - tea party members boo Republicans also.
Yesterday in Dallas, Paula Anderson from Moveon.org expressed her surprise that so many tea party members showed up:
"We really did not expect them to show up." She estimated the crowd at about 130. "From our perspective we took names of everyone there, and we had about 30 people," she told Unfair Park. "And I would assume they maybe had 100." As it turned out, according to Jessica Sandlin, Cornyn's Texas press secretary, Tea Party-hearties also showed up to health-care legislation rallies in Austin and in San Antonio."
If they were surprised yesterday, just wait until September 12 and The March on Washington.
(Photo: North Texas Tea Party)
(H/T: Michelle Malkin and Memeorandum)