On April 15, 2009, the “Tea Party” organized (with the help of Americans for Prosperity) organized Tea Party “Tax Day” protest across the nation.  These protests were viewed as signs of the coming doom for Democrats in 2010. 

It was also the unofficial launch for the John Kasich for Governor campaign, with Kasich as the “headline” speaker at the Columbus event.  Here’s a crowd shot from the 2009 Columbus event:

Columbus 2009 Tea Party Tax Day ProtestThe Dispatch, the Ohio Republican Party, and even the Columbus Tea Party said there were 7,000 folks there.  It was viewed as a warning shot to the Democratic leadership in Ohio and Washington.

Just last week, the Dispatch reported that 11,000 people stood on the Statehouse lawn to protest Senate Bill 5.  That’s 57% more than the Tea Party had at the same city, virtually same time of year.   And the reality is that the SB 5 protests have been consistently larger and more frequent than the Tea Party was in its heyday.

By 2010, the Tea Party had another “Tax Day” rally.  Reportedly only 3,000 people showed up.  Less than half the crowd the year before.  And in 2011?

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The Columbus Tea Party didn’t have a single thing on their calendar all month.  No Tea Party events. 

Not the same in Cincinnati.  Two years ago, they had 4,000 people.  Here’s what they had today:

Huge rally!  Packing the square!  If there’s 100 people, I’d be surprised.

Mike Wilson was the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in 2010.  He lost (of course.)  Wilson says the Tea Party was responsible for the amendments to SB 5.  Funny, we have the Americans for Prosperity on video telling the Tea Party it was their priority to get these amendments passed in the House. 

4,000 two years ago; maybe 100 today.  It’s not just on SB 5.  The Tea Party “movement” in Ohio has lost most of its energy in two years.  As Rachel Maddow said on her show today, the Tea Party exists more as a political “bogeyman” used by Republicans to justify their out-of-touch, unpopular conservative orthodoxy.

We’ve shown more organizational strength in the past few months than the height of the Tea Party ever did.  And we’re not going to go away in two years.

If the 2009 Tea Party rallies foretold of electoral doom in Ohio for Democrats running in 2010, then what do the SB 5 rallies in Ohio portend for Republicans in Ohio in 2012?

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  • Big rally? ROFLMAO! 200 people are there at the most

  • Anonymous

    They are all white haired with their Medicare card sticking out of their back pocket.

  • Anonymous

    I should have said they hate government insurance with their Medicare card sticking out of their back pocket. LOL HYPOCRITES!!!!!

  • Random Thoughts

    I REALLY could have done without the extreme closeup of Shannon Jones right before bed… ugh… 🙁

  • I don’t think they let minorities live in Medina.

  • I like how they give a number for the one two years ago, and just call this one “big.” Lol.

  • ZipBacker

    Tea Party = TP for the republican party. If they were legit and truly cared, they’d have been alive and well during the bush, jr economic bombing. I view the party as scummy and not trustworthy. Nothing more. Just warmed over republicans still hurting from the November, 2008 election results. They will NEVER stop crying.

  • ZipBacker

    Tea Party = TP for the republican party. If they were legit and truly cared, they’d have been alive and well during the bush, jr economic bombing. I view the party as scummy and not trustworthy. Nothing more. Just warmed over republicans still hurting from the November, 2008 election results. They will NEVER stop crying.

  • MarysvilleMom

    Here’s the Union Cty 912 group, which used to be one of the largest in Central Ohio.

  • Jcgiles

    They were probably all working for the big bad corporations that provide the tax revenue for the enlightened public servants to call off work to protest SB-5!

  • Such a tired refrain. When they show up they are patriots. When they don’t they are hard working patriots. LOL. Whatever.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to know that Barack Obama and Ted Strickland improved the economy so much in two years the entire Tea Party stopped being angry and started going to work… BTW, I guess weekend rallies are too hard to think of?

  • Anonymous

    Why is he the ONLY one hold an umbrella?

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