There was an article in the NYT that caught my eye:
Clout Diminished, Tea Party Turns to Narrower Issues
The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the Republican Party through a potent combination of populism and fury.
Now, this kind of article has been spewed out pretty often pretty much since six months after the TEA Party movement started. With a Leftward swing in most newsrooms (indicated by polls and by political contributions), I think we’ve become inured to this trying-to-make-it-true journalism. Yes, I will admit that here in NH, local races didn’t quite turn out as well as we’d hoped. Nor at the national level either, as a number of TEA Party backed folks lost their races, and we did fail, in part, to drag Mitt across the line. However, in the larger picture, Republicans (aided and “nudged” by TEA Party activists) are in control of more states than ever.
Remember, it took the Progressives over a 100 years to be where we are at with respect to Constitutional obedience – the TEA Party has only been around for 4 years. This will be a long slog and there is no doubt that to some adherents to the limited Government, free markets, and fiscal frugality, a few battles were lost in “this theater” – but the war is not over even if some Journalists want us to believe otherwise.
And add to that, some Republicans as well – enter, stage Left: Fergus “The Fringe” Cullen. How long is he going to try to trade in on his failed Chairmanship?
“People in positions of responsibility within the Republican Party tolerated too much of this,” said Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. He blamed a backlash against “tinfoil hat” issues pushed by the Tea Party-dominated legislature in New Hampshire for the loss of a Republican majority in the State House last month and a near loss in the State Senate. Republican leaders “looked the other way too often,” he said. “They sort of smiled, winked and nodded too often, when they should have been calling ‘crazy, crazy.’ ”
Hmm, so this former Chair is complaining about the TEA Party still? This is the failed Chair that was in charge during historic electoral losses in NH Republican history. It’s not like he added much to the table other than wearing that oversized “Fergus Cullen” button that is only exceeded by his outsized sense of himself.
After all, this makes the second cycle in which his fellow Republicans thought so well of him that they decided to not elect him to the NH GOP State Committee – how cool is that? So even if he had any delusional inklings to run as a “write in” candidate from the floor, he couldn’t even vote for himself.
Sure, I’ll add insult to injury: Yo, Fegus! All of us Groksters who ran for election to the State Committee? Yup – we’re on the Committee that you’re not (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk)! So, how is it out there, on “the fringe” of cold, lonely edge?