Is the Tea Party (Parties) the Little Engine that Could?

Mark Tapscott had an editorial in the Washington Examiner

Well, they did it. Against all odds, the starfish people – aka the Tea Party movement – have in less than two years not merely changed American politics, but reversed its direction entirely.
Tuesday’s results make clear the Tea Party is the most dynamic and successful grass-roots political movement since Thomas Jefferson and James Madison organized the Democratic-Republican revolt against John Adams and the Federalists in 1800.
They did so because they did exactly what they should have done. Instead of fighting specific issues and causes like Card Check and cap-and-trade, they ignored their critics while focusing their energies on finding, fielding, funding and fueling candidates for elected office at every level of government, but especially for Congress.
They worked within the system in the most direct way possible by defining the decisive issues of the 2010 campaign and putting forth candidates to replace Washington officials who refused to listen to the people during the long, hot summer of Town Hall protests in 2009.
That is why, without the Tea Party, the Republicans would not have gained 63 seats in the House, nor would we now be adding “Senator-elect” to the names of Rand Paul in Kentucky, Marco Rubio in Florida, Mike Lee in Utah and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.
There is more, read it here.
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