Rich Galen

In his column for the weekend he looked at the Tea Party movement starting with this:

"First they were ignored. Then they were derided as the tools of Big Money. Then they were branded as racists, the unhinged, the unwashed, the paranoid, the subversive and the ignorant - or some combination thereof."

Harnden goes on to write:

"But each insult and attempt to marginalise them seems only to have stiffened their resolve and swelled their numbers."

Over the past week since the Delaware primary, I have said in every interview in which I can work it in that if you go back six or eight years and substitute the word "Democrat" for "Republican" and the phrase "" for "Tea Party" you get a mirror image of what we're seeing today.

Why? Because back then the Republicans had control of both Chambers of Congress and the White House. Democrats were down and out.

You don't rebuild a political party from the center toward the edges. You rebuild a political party from your base and stretch the other margin as you gain success.

The problem with is that they won. They lost their piñatas - George Bush and the GOP leadership in the Congress - and now find themselves doing battle with the very Democrats they worked so hard to elect.

The Tea Party movement will be successful in November. They are energizing the base of the Republican Party, and will give the base good reason to come out and vote.

Democrats are tired of defending the status quo - Liberals are tired of explaining why Cap-and-Trade, and Single Payer didn't pass; Moderates are tired of explaining why the Liberals control the Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate.

That's why this is such a great time for Political Hacks.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at