Not sure who is leaking, but what’s coming out is telling…
A small contingent of right-wing elites was gathered for an intimate dinner party at the Great Falls, Va., home of ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell when returns first started trickling in from Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary race. They weren’t there to watch election coverage, but Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin couldn’t help but check her phone for the early numbers. With the first two precincts reporting, she told the group, Cantor was trailing his obscure opponent, an economics professor named David Brat.
“Cantor should give his concession speech now!” Bozell joked.
Everyone laughed, but it wasn’t long before their phones started buzzing with the startling news: The House majority leader was about to lose his primary to a grassroots insurgent — upending the common wisdom in Washington that the tea party was dead, and serving notice to the old guard that the grassroots wasn’t done with the Republican civil war.
So, Jenny Beth Martin attended the dinner….
But with Cantor’s defeat, the leaders at Bozell’s dinner table had proof that the movement was still very much alive — a fact that warranted some gloating.
“Is the establishment going to get questions for the next week and a half asking whether they’re dead?” Martin asked sarcastically. “The fact of the matter is freedom is alive.”
BTW — Jamie Radtke was a failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia…
Mr. Cantor’s support for granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants was what sealed his fate, tea party leaders said. Ms. Martin called him “one of the biggest amnesty pushers,” though Mr. Cantor hadn’t said whether he would support citizenship for adults in the country illegally.
Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks for America, which did not endorse Mr. Brat, said that Mr. Cantor’s defeat proves the rules of politics are changing. Some grassroots leaders in Virginia, he said, have more Facebook contacts than some county Republican leaders.
“The Internet has cut out the middleman and people are self-organizing,” he said. “They’re using social media. They’re getting information from multiple sources and that undermines all of the old tools of incumbency.”
The Tea Party has been co-opted by the self-serving who believe they and they alone should determine who should and should-not be supported. Like the national party, they have made their own subsistence and relevance the priority and we are left having to deal with the damage they do, and when there are successes they are the first to seize on it and claim credit.
Paid almost a half a million dollars a year from donations, that’s the best she could do.
I attended the original “9/12 Project” Tea Party rally in D.C. in 2009 and unfortunately that organic gathering was seen (and co-opted) by some as a means of tapping into a lot of other people’s money.
And as far as the “dinner” goes, who benefited from his or her attendance and subsequent quotes being made public? Someone there not only leaked details to the media, but there clearly was recording equipment brought on the premises (as the detailed quotes prove). Had I been there, I would have alerted those in attendance.
When are they going to learn?