Fund raiser and political marketing master Richard Viguerie is warning Washington Establishment Republicans that they are wrong to ascribe the advent of the Tea Party movement as a reaction to President Obama and the Democratic Congress led by Senate Majority Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In an oped that appeared in Politico, Viguerie responded to a statement over the weekend at the Virginia Tea Party Convention by former Sen. George Allen that the Tea Party was a response to Obama, Reid and Pelosi:
“Allen is flat-out wrong. Americans didn’t elect Obama, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-NV, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, as much as they threw out Republicans in 2006 and 2008,” Viguerie writes.
“Americans were angry about the GOP officials’ lack of discipline and courage, and their profligate spending and abandonment of small-government, Republican principles.”
Viguerie is right, of course, and his oped ought to be a reminder to all professional politicians in both major political parties that the Tea Party movement is at its most fundamental a reaction to the horrendous mess they have made of things in the nation's capital.
Go here for the rest of the Viguerie oped.