But, beyond that disclaimer, I now move on to the Tea Party movement and the campaign of State Senator Scott Brown for our second Massachusetts US Senate Seat.
I notice a tendency to assume that the Tea Party movement is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party. That is not true in Lowell. And it is apparently not so elsewhere.
Here is a post from Red Mass Group on the Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh commenting on Scott Brown having an independent voting record and saying inter alia "teabaggers say NO!"
- Not all Tea Party groups are for Scott Brown. At least one is for Joe Kennedy. The Boston Tea Party endorsed Joe Kennedy on 26 December of 2009. So says Darryl W. Perry. Now, that is not the Greater Lowell Tea Party. And given the loose structure of the Tea Party movement, I would think there are a lot of different views out there. What holds the Tea Party movement together is not a top down structure, but a bottom up belief that maintaining our freedom means being ever vigilant.
- Mr Walsh's use of the term "teabaggers" shows either invincible ignorance or a total lack of respect all around. Suffice it to say, the term is not one you would use in front of your mother. (Contact me privately—crk at theworld dot com—if you feel you need the details.)
Regards — Cliff