In an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC, Senator Reid said the following:
“I believe the Tea Party is short-lived. I think you will find even the people that claim they are Tea Party folks will either be gone as a result of their extreme positions or they will move to the more moderate position, which is certainly not being a liberal, that is being a conservative. I think with the economy getting better, you’re going to see less and less agitation from the Tea Party folks.”
Maybe more stunning is Reid’s delusional claim that the economy is getting better. What alternate reality is this man living in? But I digress…
Now, those of you who know me know that I’m not one to question authority; but sadly, I must take issue with Mr. Reid. Despite what liberal Democrats would like you to believe, the Tea Party movement is NOT going anywhere. In fact, Tea Party groups are ramping up for Tax Day Tea Party rallies across the nation, in cities like Fort Smith, AR; New Milford, CT; Tampa, FL; Springfield, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Cleveland, OH and Memphis, TN.
The truth of the matter is that the Tea Party is still a powerful force, and Harry Reid knows it. If they’re so insignificant, why do liberals put so much effort into demonizing and discrediting them? They, like Sarah Palin, are a threat to the progressive movement, and liberals and the media will do anything in their power to downplay their importance.
The 2010 elections were only the first phase of the Tea Party mission. Since many of the Republican politicians campaigned on being fiscally conservative, and on repealing/replacing and defunding Obamacare, the Tea Party is watching to ensure that Congress keeps their promises. If not, they will be voted out in 2012.
Make no bones about it. The Tea Party is not retreating; it’s reloading.