Stephanie Ebbert has a nice article in the Globe today on the growing importance of the Tea Party Movement:
In the current upended political climate, the Tea Party members in Massachusetts â€” now claiming up to 8,000 believers and basking in the earth-shaking victory of US Senator Scott Brown â€” have the clout to make candidates come to them.
Candidates are showing up at events like this one across the state, even though the Tea Partyâ€™s loose confederation of activists has no membership rolls, no party apparatus, no candidates, and no money. Candidates do not know precisely what the Tea Party is or how its activists will vote in November. They just know they had better pay attention.
Scott Brown’s upset victory this year has shown the Massachusetts political class that there is a large number of people looking for change. These are not the people who go to protests, and are involved in political activism. They are a silent majority of the regular working citizen of Massachusetts who feel increasingly like their needs are not being met, and are now willing to consider candidates from outside traditional party affiliation, and vote for change. read more