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Lloyd Marcus on Blacks and Youths at CPAC

Lloyd Marcus, the musical star of the Tea Party movement, writes on his experience at CPAC.  Quick quotes:

I performed my “American Tea Party Anthem” and “Twenty Ten: We’re Gonna Vote Them Out” at CPAC as a representative for TeaPartyExpress.org. I was struck and excited by the high number of youths in attendance (over 50% were under 25 years old). With liberal iron-fisted dictatorship regimes ruling most of America’s campuses, how did these kids survive the attempts to indoctrinate them?

It was also exciting to see many fellow black conservatives at CPAC. Interestingly, every black with whom I spoke had an entrepreneurial gleam in his eyes which broadcast, “I’m grateful to be born in America, and I am going for it!” I detected no hint of entitlement or victim mindsets in these blacks. They were truly refreshing.

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Hot Air Roundup

Hot Air has been busy covering what the media and others are saying about the Tea Parties.  Here’s a quick roundup:

Valerie Jarrett: Maybe we should try talking to tea partiers in simpler terms

MSNBC tries to link tea parties to Joseph Stack

Tea Partiers circulating “declaration of independence” from GOP

GOP, conservative leaders, tea partiers all planning separate right-wing manifestos

Schwarzenegger claims tea parties will fade when economy improves

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Where are the People of Color?

An interesting, and somewhat humorous, back-and-forth occurred when MSNBC news-and-commentary anchor Keith Olbermann asked the Tea Parties where the blacks, hispanics, etc., were at the tea parties.

The Dallas Tea Party responded with the following video, claiming they had more diversity than the MSNBC lineup and inviting Olbermann to attend their February 27 event at Dallas City Hall to see for himself.

Mediaite offers us the video of Olbermann’s reply.

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White House Invites Tea Party Challenge on Transparency

Kim Hart at The Hill reports:

In an ironic twist, the White House is inviting the Tea Party movement to challenge it on government transparency.

White House Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin said Republicans and conservative Tea Party activists should strive to push the administration to make its policies more open.

He also suggested Tea Party activists, who have called for broad changes to the government, could push the GOP to be more aggressive on the issue.

“I would be thrilled to make this a type of political competition … to see who can be more radical in their openness, in their data distribution models … trying to prove to the citizens they can run a better government,” said McLaughlin, a former executive at Google.

The article references the Obama administration’s Data.gov as an example of its transparency.

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ND Tea Partiers and Republicans ‘Take Back Washington’

The blogger at Say Anything helped organize the Take Back Washington event, which was a local effort just over a week ago to bring the Tea Party message to the Republican Party.  Say Anything posts videos and transcripts of various Republican leaders talking about the idea.

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Historical Perspective and an Idea

Walter Russel Mead at the American Interest Online pens (keyboards?) a longish post on the historical place of the Tea Party movement, past populist movements, and a final suggestion.  All well worth reading in full, even if you disagree.

H/t Instapundit.

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CATO Covers Tea Parties

Two recent articles from CATO, the conservative think tank.

Tea Partiers Shouldn’t Date the GOP.  Quick quote:

The quality that gives the Tea Party movement its legitimacy is that it is so fundamentally illegitimate: outside the establishment, bereft of representation on K Street, and without an identifiable face to speak for it on Meet the Press. This is a movement that sprang deep from within the viscera of America, not from some political poll or focus group.

It is not Republican; it is not even conservative. It has no interest in debating the merits of No Child Left Behind, abstinence-only sex education or George W. Bush’s rationale for going to Iraq. Replacing a “spend and borrow” Democrat with a “spend and borrow” Republican is not the goal of the Tea Party movement.

This movement is simply saying: “We are fine without you, Washington. Now for the love of God, go attend a reception somewhere, and stop making health care and entrepreneurship more expensive than they already are.”

Tea Partiers Should Get Serious. Quick quote:

Rail against earmarks, foreign aid and “welfare queens” to your heart’s content. But all that comes to a rounding error in a $3.7 trillion federal budget, over 75 percent of which consists of defense and entitlements.

To his credit, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., ranking member on the House Budget Committee, has proposed a “Roadmap for America’s Future” that makes serious cuts: $650 billion over the next decade — for starters. After raising the retirement age, voucherizing Medicare and reforming the tax system, Ryan’s plan would eliminate the long-term deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett argues that endorsing Ryan’s road map is the “minimum requirement” for anyone serious about cutting spending. But for the middle-class, middle-aged folks leading the Tea Party brigades, some of those cuts could bite pretty hard.

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LA Times: Tea Parties Going Local In GOP

The LA Times has a great article on Tea Parties across the US who are working to take control of their local GOP precincts.  Well worth reading the whole thing.

Quick quote:

Conservative activists who once protested the political establishment are now flooding the lowest level of the Republican Party apparatus hoping to take over the party they once scorned — one precinct at a time.

Across the country, tea party groups that had focused on planning rallies are educating members on how to run for GOP precinct representative positions. The representatives help elect county party leaders, who write the platform and, in some places, determine endorsements.

“That’s where it all starts. That’s where the process of picking candidates begins. It’s not from [GOP leader] Michael Steele’s office down. It’s from the ground up,” said Philip Glass, whose National Precinct Alliance is among the groups advocating the strategy. “The party is over for the old guard.”

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San Diego Tea Party

Sign On San Diego reports a Tea Party there drew 1,000 people:

A rally inspired by the national Tea Party political protest movement drew — by organizers’ estimates — about 1,000 people to El Cajon’s Renette Park on Saturday.

Many carried homemade signs with messages such as “Stop Big Government” and “I didn’t vote for this Obamanation” as they listened to several elected officials and political candidates, mostly Republican, express frustration over issues ranging from taxes to health care reforms being considered in Washington, D.C.

The event was organized by a recently formed group called the East County Tea Party, said a founder, Alpine resident Barry Willis.

H/t Instapundit, who has done an excellent job covering tea parties over the last year.

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First Anniversary of Santelli’s Rant Heard ’round the World

Publius at Big Government reminds us that today is the first anniversary of Rick Santelli’s rant that, for many, was the first rallying cry for the Tea Party.

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