From National Journal:
Just months after President Obama’s reelection deflated conservative activists, a slew of rapidly unfolding scandals involving government malfeasance is giving the movement new life.
“This is a defining moment for our movement, and it will test us and the country to make change,” said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks. “Our social networks are on fire, and the intensity continues to build.”
Perhaps the tea party’s biggest victory in 2013 is not one that can be measured as succinctly as a law’s repeal or a candidate’s win. The swirl of Washington scandal offers the movement a kind of “I-told-you-so” bragging rights about the evils of government overreach that is frequently dismissed as conspiracy theories from the political fringe.
For now, tea-party groups are expected to enjoy a surge in fundraising and interest. Activists are poised to confront members of Congress over the IRS and Benghazi attacks the way they did in 2009 over Obama’s health care law. “White House in Damage Control Mode as Scandals Pile Up,” declared the Tea Party News Network in an e-mail blast Tuesday afternoon.
“I think it’s time we get back out there on the streets,” Kremer said. “The movement has matured and grown, and the real work to effect change is done outside of rallies, but we need to keeping making sure our voices are heard.”
I remember when he criticized the Tea Party for its objections to his spending and taxing excesses. He said, “I don’t know what they’re complaining about. They ought to be thanking me!” They weren’t about to thank him then. Now they might be.