As we head to the next big stage in the health care vote, its tempting to just become obsessed with the subject. Like all politics, the yes vote in the house, is merely another step, albeit a big one. It is not the bitter end of the efforts by the socialists to nationalise the health care system.
This entire fight and drama will be draining the energy and certainly the funds of the tea party movement. Instead of concentrating on getting their “type” of candidate on the ballot in their states they are making mad dashes to DC and their state capitals to rally or lobby their representatives.
This past Tuesday the tea party movement mustered thousands to head to DC to do a “mass-lobby” of the House of Representatives, as they did again this last Saturday. Reports from the Tuesday war room tell of a spit and bailing wire type operation. However the conclusion is the real kicker in the piece.
“The Tea Party movement’s long term viability is likely dependent on people who can actually get volunteers to do more then just bring a flag to a rally. Even if attendance was small, its hard to refute the notion that they didn’t achieve anything, “people dropped what they were doing on a two or three day notice — the rally was only announced three or four days ago — and our whole effort only started ten days ago.” Even if the healthcare bill does become law, in other measures, the movement may still be enjoying limited success.”
On Saturday the 20th in DC there was s a “final push” for the no vote, which failed. However there can be complications as there always are in this sort of grand affair. The event on Saturday was named in an ironic manner, if you follow the mannerisms of the socialist left, the People’s surge. There will no doubt be more of these surges in DC to try and influence our elected representatives to resist the tide of socialism.
Code Red run by the NRCC (National Republcan Congressional Commitee) has been a source of info on how the vote was going. They have been a key part of the effort to rally the activists to keep up their pressure on the Obamacare waverers. Alas, they made a valiant if unsuccessful effort.
Now those on the receiving end of their multitude of phone calls, faxes, emails and personal visits might not be terribly pleased by the increased attention. Because of limited activists and time, many Republicans who might have had primary opponents are either not getting one or are on the receiving end of lacklustre challenges. In some states, like Maine, the divided efforts have meant there are still places were Democrats are running with no opposition whatever.
The mad scramble to get candidates on the ballot via the collection of signatures ranging from under 50 (registered Republicans) to thousands in some states has suffered greatly due to the chaos over health care. One has to wonder whether this will have a profound impact on how much influence the tea party movement will have on the November elections.
All means of modern communication are being used from Twitter, through Facebook to good old SMS (texting on your mobile phone). Those in the tea party movement are getting bombarded with updates about the issue
It might please activists to know that 50% of American consider themselves less likely to vote for someone who voted for Obamacare. The fact 150 economists are convinced the bill is a job killer might help with the morale as well.
Leading activists are suffering from burnout and exhaustion, activists are finding themselves unable to keep up the pace. Now that the House bill has passed what will happen? Will the tea party movement lose faith and dissipate somewhat? Will the 9.12 rally in DC this year be able to muster their enthusiasm once again, as it did last year? Will it inject a new sense of urgency in the tea party masses? One has to wonder if leading activists will be able to “keep it together” through November and beyond.
I have been asked often where I thought the tea party movement would be in a year’s time? I frankly have no idea and doubt anyone else does . There’s a lot that can happen to either grow the movement or reduce it.
Beyond Obamacare there are other socialist initiatives like cap & trade and amnesty for illegal immigrants. These other parts of the socialist agenda have been making their way through the various avenues of power. There are many battles left for the fiscal conservative, free market and limited government advocate.
The fight against Obamacare is yet another one of those landmarks in the short history of the tea party movement that could have a profound effect on its future. Maybe now they will realise its less about rallies and more about getting fiscal conservatives into office.