As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots.
In the media’s narrative of the changing political tide, the mention of the tea party has already been exhausted ad nauseum. This is a trend which has had its run for the past four years, stunning and confusing the pseudo-experts who pollute our televisions at night and our blogosphere during the day. It has been enough to occupy the false outrage of progressive blogs and TV stations, as well as the false advocacy by establishment conservative organizations and groups. Some have made their careers bashing them (Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann), while others have made theirs impersonating them (Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Romney, current House Republicans).
Put together some 2007 news footage as well as more recent footage documenting the origin of the modern day tea party. I'm not a pro so go easy on me.
Thousands of supporters in Austin kicked up their heels today and had a great tea party complete with a baby blimp balloon! I want one, right now!
Here is Part 2:
Here is the parade:
Press reports are starting to roll in. This article in the Washington Times had the Tea Party success story mixed in with news about Mitt Romney's day with Tim Russert. Not a single negative about Paul, the article ended on a sour note for Romney:
"...Mr. Romney had to explain his flip-flops on four issues dear to conservatives, including immigration and abortion."
And here is a report from Texas where Paul himself stopped by to toss the 'tea' into the water: