Dan Gainor

The left was aided by old soldiers, too. One-time presidential embarrassment-turned-elder-statesman Bill Clinton was careful not to bash tea partiers directly. Instead, he went for their funding – a not-so-subtle attack on the left’s new bogeymen – conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and their Koch Foundation. In Clinton’s world, “the financial energy behind the tea party movement” is “about destroying the role of government in our life so that private centers of power will be untrammeled, and I don’t think that’s good for average Americans.” More of the typical lefty world view that ordinary Americans who vote conservative vote against their self interest.

Obama’s other presidential reinforcements came from the failed leadership of Jimmy Carter. The disaster of a president was pushing his new book, “White House Diary,” on the “Today” show, but took a swipe at the tea parties as well. Carter downplayed the long-term potential for the groups saying they would “be a transient thing.” The one-termer added that he thought the tea parties would be absorbed into the GOP and hoped their influence would “be dissipated.” Even New York Mayor for Life Michael Bloomberg went on the attack, “trying to pull politics back to the middle, injecting himself into marquee contests and helping candidates fend off the tea party,” according to The New York Times.

But there was more to the latest charge against the tea parties. When Obama calls for the Democratic base to help, the top constituencies respond aggressively. Unions were among the first into battle. “[T]he AFL-CIO sent out 2.5 million pieces of campaign mail on Monday targeting Republicans in roughly 50 congressional and gubernatorial races,” according to HuffingtonPost.

Even Obama is smart enough to try to go into battle with God on his side. So Sunday, the Obamas walked to church with both children in tow. The Associated Press reported that “Obama strolled across Lafayette Square to attend St. John's Church” – only the fourth time he had done so. To add to his lack of credibility on the issue of faith, in a recent speech the president had cut the words “by their creator” when quoting from the inalienable rights endowed to us phrase in the Declaration of Independence. Visiting church after deleting the divine doesn’t add to Obama’s waning credibility.

Like most fights, this one comes down to timing. Whole military campaigns can be fought in six weeks, so all is not lost for the left – yet. But the media are deceiving Democrats into believing the cavalry is coming to rescue them.

The cavalry is already here and it’s on the other side. The people who are motivated to risk it all and fight for their nation are fighting with the American flag in one hand and the tea party banner in the other. If there is any hope to restore principle in politics for 2010 and beyond, it lies with the tea parties.


Dan Gainor

Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and director of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.