From the daily archives: Monday, April 18, 2011

Two years ago, the Tea Party was being trumpeted as foreshadowing for the Democrats in electoral doom in 2010 as they held a 7,000 person rally in Columbus. At the same time, Cincinnati Tea Party activists held a rally with an estimated 4,000 in attendance.

Two years later, there was NO planned Tax Day events in Columbus for the Tea Party. Cincinnati had a “packed” rally that probably didn’t even break 100. Meanwhile, the protest for SB 5 have exceeded the size of any Tea Party rallies so far.

The most recent SB 5 rally in Columbus had 11,000 in comparison. What does that portend for the GOP in Ohio in ’12, then?

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The Tea Party purports to be a grassroots movement of citizens concerned about The Constitution, limited government, the influence of special interests on our government, and burdensome government regulations. In practice, however, they are nothing more than a mouthpiece for corporate backed FreedomWorks and the Republican Party.

Over the course of this week, this series will provide background and expose the hypocrisy that is the “Tea Party”. The series is from guest poster Greg Mild, a Columbus educator.

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We knew Republicans would be looking for ways to help defeat the SB5 referendum in the fall, and it looks like they’ve come up with a new one: jump on the tea party bandwagon and help to put an anti-health care amendment on the ballot in November.

In early 2010 tea baggers in Ohio formed The Ohio Project in an attempt to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio that would effectively block the national health care law from impacting Ohioans. They tried to put it on the ballot in 2010 but they couldn’t come up with […]

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