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Wise Advice For Tea Party Organizers

I have pointed Virginia Right! readers to articles written by ProjectVirginia co-founders Ford O’Connell and Steve Pearson on several occasions. Today, this duo put their heads together and analyzed the Tea Party movement and it’s place in the political sphere. The results of the brainstorm are published today in Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller Website.

This is a brutally honest look at the Tea Party and some no nonsense advice on how the Tea Party can not only remain relevant, but also grow their influence in political circles. Some may find the advice brutally honest and perhaps something you don’t want to hear, but Ford and Steve are two Conservatives whose advice you will want to consider. I know both of these gentlemen and their commitment to Liberty and the Conservative movement is unwavering.

Consider these comments from the article and see what I mean:

Decision time is approaching for the Tea Party movement.

So far, the movement has proven it can draw a crowd. National gatherings in Nashville and Washington and local events from Massachusetts to Hawaii have drawn huge, enthusiastic audiences animated by the Tea Party’s populist, anti-establishment rhetoric. Participants say they are drawn to the movement’s bottom-up approach, its lack of structure, its refusal to ask anything of its members beyond full-throated dismay with the current political structure.

As is, it’s possible the movement has nearly run its course. Recent setbacks at the ballot box in Texas and Illinois have created questions over its staying power, and alleged racial and homophobic slurs at a recent event in Washington have provided fodder for those all too anxious to label the group radical, irresponsible and threatening. If the Tea Party movement is going to be a success in 2010 and beyond, it will need to impose some discipline on its members and take on some characteristics of traditional American political movements, however distasteful some within the movement may find this to be.

But the article is not all doom and gloom:

Moving beyond shaping the media narrative, you have to win primaries (within the two-party system) to remain credible.

Dissatisfaction with the current political structure—and the parties that uphold it—has created a tremendous opportunity for the Tea Party movement. It can make inroads with mainstream voters, demand attention and answers from candidates who may never have given such a movement the time of day, and continue to grow on the local and national scenes. But electoral success is key. Without it, the movement is likely to fold, at least in its current iteration. Bypassing primary elections and waiting until November to support candidates, could end up electing candidates who least reflect the movement’s interests. The path to success runs through the primaries. If the Tea Party movement can’t deliver votes in primaries, it will not be seen as a serious political player by Democrats or Republicans.

Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day: Focusing on down-ticket elections can demonstrate both the electoral viability of the movement and set the foundation for even greater influence in the future.

Read the full article here. It is worth the time!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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