The blogosphere’s Conservative roving reporter, Stacy McCain at The Other McCain, is in Concord, New Hampshire for yesterday’s Tea Party Express event supporting and protesting Mitt Romney. The theme of the protest is “you can stand in front of a Tea Party Bus, but that doesn’t make you a Tea Party fiscal conservative.” Freedom Works’ Jackie Bodner says the local activists asked Freedom Works to be at the event to get the message to Mitt: we’ve reached out to you, you’ve ignored us.
Tea Party Express all the way to Florida, but he needs $1,250 to convince his wife he should be away from his day job. If you can help, please do. Pete and Stacy are a dynamo duo on the campaign trail – and we know we get the truth. Here’s another report from Pete.
Dave Weigel at Slate reports on the low-key and polite protest (because Tea Partiers are cool like that). The Lonely Conservative calls it the Protest that Wasn’t.
The thing about Tea Partiers is that most feel anyone is better than Barack Obama, but some are less better than others. We are
walking a fine line: we want a Republican in office, and so for the primaries we must support fiscal conservatives. We don’t like Mitt’s RomneyCare and most of us see him as establishment. Nevertheless, the polls insist he is the man most able to beat Barack Obama. We take those polls with a grain of salt and a prayer.
The Tea Party was borne of this urgency. It’s the same sense of urgency that propelled the Sons of Liberty during the Revolution. It’s the same sense of urgency that propelled the Abolitionists before the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement during the 20th Century. The Tea Party Movement is part of this noble American tradition. This movement isn’t simply a political awakening; it’s an American awakening. And it’s coming from ordinary Americans, not the politicos in the Beltway.
That urgency is no less today. We have opinions. We are wary. We suspect that Rick Perry’s entrance into the race, prompted Romney to seek a Tea Party moment. We hope Romney will not be our candidate, but give us anyone but Huntsman and we’ll see you at the inaugural January 2013. More from the New York Times. Memeorandum’s thread is developing.