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Offline Jerrymac

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Teaparty 2.0
« on: May 12, 2009, 08:54:06 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/22436

GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel
Andy Barr

Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month’s “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that’s being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”

The Republican Governors Association said it is expecting 30,000 people to participate in the town hall, which will take place roughly one month after the much-publicized anti-tax tea party rallies held in hundreds of locations across the country on April 15, the tax filing deadline.

Sanford and Perry will each speak for several minutes before opening up the town hall to up to an hour-long question and answer session.

RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers said that while the effort Thursday will be on a smaller scale than the April tea party rallies, it still represents “a great opportunity to mobilize that support.”

Both Perry and Sanford are favorites among the tax-averse tea party attendees.

Sanford, who attended a tea party in Charleston, gained national notice for his high-profile battle with the White House over his resistance to federal stimulus funds designated for his state. The fate of those funds remains undecided as Sanford continues to battle with state lawmakers over how much of the $350 million in funds allocated for South Carolina his state will accept.

Perry spoke at three tea parties across Texas and helped promote the rallies during numerous radio and television interviews prior to the events.

The Texas governor generated widespread publicity after endorsing a state House resolution reaffirming the state’s sovereignty, a veiled shot at the president’s stimulus package.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Perry said at the time.

Perry drew praise from the conservative media for the move, but was widely derided by the left for suggesting that Texas may consider seceding from the union in protest of the stimulus.

Ayers said both governors “heard the frustration” of the tea party attendees and “understand that our Republican governors are the best positioned to lead on these issues."

The RGA, Ayers said, is hoping to use the town hall as a springboard for organizing support and fundraising for key gubernatorial races this year in Virginia and New Jersey.

“We don’t have to wait until 2010 to send a message to Democrats in Washington that they are spending too much and borrowing too much,” he said. “We’ll have an opportunity to do that this year.”
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Re: Teaparty 2.0
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 10:06:13 PM »
Not really a fan of letting the Republicans take charge of this movement.  The Republicans have been heading the same way that the Democrats have been headed, just more slowly. 

Let it stay grassroots and local for now and allow an unknown that really can represent the 'movement'.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 10:54:46 PM »
The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats when it comes to being opportunists, I think Jessie Jackson would have become a Republican if he had thought it would get him elected President.  They've failed because they betrayed their core principles, I don't think the GOP, as a whole, can climb into the Tea Party's Bag. 
Many conservatives who opted for Republicans over Democrats as a lesser of 2 evils are joining the conservative movement and it just might be that the Journalists are trying to sandbag it by labeling it as a Republican Ploy.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 11:04:22 PM »
The actual tea party 2 is going to be July 4 from what I've heard. I really wanted to go to one until I realized I have to work that day. :(

I also don't want to see this movement hijacked by Republican politicians. It's fine for them to participate, and I think it's great that some of them are willing to get behind it, but I don't think it's a good idea for the movement if it's used for political gain by either major party.  All the politicians in DC need to understand that this is not about party affiliation. It's about principle. It's about freedom and values, and the need that people have not to be controlled by governmental regulations to the nth degree.

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Re: Teaparty 2.0
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 01:28:38 AM »
How many people showed up for the first one in DC?

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 01:52:37 AM »
Somebody attempted to put up numbers but I think there are a lot missing. I didn't see Lubbock TX listed

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/04/how-many-attended-tea-parties.html
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 02:16:05 AM »
Perhaps they were combining the missing ones with the ones posted... they said 2,000 showed up in Chattanooga, but if there were 200 there it'd be a stretch.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 11:38:17 AM »
Perhaps they were combining the missing ones with the ones posted... they said 2,000 showed up in Chattanooga, but if there were 200 there it'd be a stretch.

Even my little Texas town nearby had 500 or so. I would doubt that Chattanooga had only 200 show up.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 01:12:25 PM »
I saw the one in Chattanooga and I'd say 2,000 was a low estimate.

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 08:18:24 PM »
Augusta, GA had over 2000 show up.
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 08:35:32 PM »
Perhaps they were combining the missing ones with the ones posted... they said 2,000 showed up in Chattanooga, but if there were 200 there it'd be a stretch.

Even my little Texas town nearby had 500 or so. I would doubt that Chattanooga had only 200 show up.

My little town had ovr 200, within the county is was more like 5000.  The liberal press is down playing the numbers just like the they are making jokes about the Tea Party being disgruntled Republicans.  Neither the press or either major political party really understands the citizens movement that is taking place.  I just hope they wake up before the follow Obama's lead into a socialist state we can't back out of.
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 09:44:50 PM »
I saw the one in Chattanooga and I'd say 2,000 was a low estimate.
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2009, 10:35:15 AM »
I saw the one in Chattanooga and I'd say 2,000 was a low estimate.
Oh, don't ruin SgtMaj's assumptions with eye witness accounts  :roll:

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