Tea Party Still Exerts Political Influence
The tea party may be a lot quieter than it was a year ago, but the conservative grassroots movement still holds political sway, reports the The Washington Time
“I think the tea party movement is still pretty significant out there, and I think we will be a force in politics as long as there is a debt problem,” said Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. “We haven’t had any really enormous rallies lately, but I still think there is a big movement out there, and they are shaping races. They are shaping primaries. Some of it will be interesting to see how some of the different Republican primaries go the next time around.”
Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, suggested that the movement is still in sync with voters despite a decline in popularity in the polls.
“We are here to help ensure that the country has a future, and we believe that by changing the debate, and encouraging people to support those principles, we have done so,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me what they call it, or whether the 'Tea Party’ is popular or not. What matters to me is seeing those ideas become important in the American psyche. The numbers in support of smaller government, lower taxes and less burdensome regulation, and those who read and understand our Constitution are on the rise. Those are the ways we measure success, not by polling on the 'Tea Party.’”