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Tea Party’ rebels score a stunning poll breakthrough ….

As the grassroots ‘Tea Party’ rebels score a stunning poll breakthrough, is this the start of the 2nd American Revolution?

By Tom Leonard
Last updated at 12:05 PM on 16th September 2010

They want to purify their party and their country, returning America to the honest, founding traditions of thrift, small government and self-reliance from which, they say, it has strayed.

And, like the protesters from whom they take their name (the Bostonians who demonstrated against British taxation by dumping tea into the city’s harbour in 1773), the Tea Party rebels are - by their own account - as ‘mad as hell’.

But whether they are a bunch of dotty extremists or not, the Tea Party phenomenon suddenly poses a serious threat.

On Tuesday night, the upsurge in anger among grassroots American conservatives, with both Barack Obama and the Republican Party, made itself spectacularly felt in the tiny, affluent state of Delaware.
Enlarge Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

In a move that has proved electorally successful across the U.S., Sarah Palin described Christine O’Donnell as one of her ‘mama grizzlies’ - a term she has coined to describe her uncompromising conservative allies

In one of the least expected results of the primary season - in which candidates are chosen for November’s mid-term elections - Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party-backed dissident Republican, beat a moderate and establishment favourite to win the party’s nomination for vice-president Joe Biden’s old seat in the U.S. Senate.

O’Donnell is a perennial candidate and former abstinence counsellor, who promotes complete celibacy before marriage and has a fierce stance on guns (pro), government spending (anti), abortion (anti) and masturbation (anti - it’s a sin, she says).

Her strong beliefs had prompted many - especially local Republican leaders - to write her off as unelectable.

THE MAIL ON THE TEA PARTY

Been reading just a little about this O’Donnell lady.  New to me of course and probably to many of you too.  Based on the little I read, I am wondering if she’s electable. 

Here’s an excellent report from Toby Harnden in the Telegraph.  These people do keep up with happenings in the USA. How they report what they see, well now ....  that might make for an interesting study.  I haven’t seen the Times of London today, and there’s no on line version for them anymore.  Times tends toward the liberal pov, although they have been featuring a number of conservative opinions over the last year.  I’m afraid to look at the Guardian. So far left I wonder why they don’t simply change their name to the Daily Worker or Pravda. Once in a while I do check and usually come away so damn angry I wanna shout at them. But hell. Who’d listen?


Tea Party trouble is brewing in Washington

It isn’t only Republicans who are threatened by Sarah Palin’s angry brigade, says Toby Harnden.

By Toby Harnden

Just what does the stunning victory of Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party darling and Sarah Palin protégée, mean for the Republican Party? That was the question being asked across official Washington yesterday, where many livelihoods depend on the answer. It was also entirely the wrong thing to focus on.

O’Donnell’s selection in a primary as the party’s candidate for Delaware – and the victories of six other Tea Partiers against the leadership’s candidates – is about much more than the battle for the Senate, or even who will be in the White House after 2012.

O’Donnell is a party apparatchik’s nightmare. Although attractive and personable – there is a physical as well as a political resemblance to Palin – she is a flawed candidate who will struggle against her Democratic opponent in November’s midterm elections.

A strong social conservative, she has campaigned not only for sexual abstinence but against masturbation. Although she promotes fiscal conservatism, she appears to have chaotic personal finances and once filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming gender discrimination against a conservative group she had worked for. It was later dropped.

O’Donnell could grow as a candidate but thus far she has shown she is not ready for prime time. Her television appearances have been as painful as Palin’s interviews with Katie Couric in 2008, showing her to be ill-prepared and only vaguely familiar with key policy areas.

Yet the point to take from Delaware is that none of this really matters. To say that voters are angry is an understatement. They are furious, disgusted and resentful. They are fed up of being told by besuited party honchos and professional politicians whom they should vote for, and what they should think.

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And finally .... see what ya make of this.  Clever.  And no friend to us on the right. But still clever. And almost always amusing.

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