Bachmann Again Headlines Protest Rally
By Dave Aeikens
St. Cloud Times
June 5, 2010
[An estimated] 200 people … showed up Friday at a tea party rally at Lake George. It was organized by the local Republican Party.
It featured Republican office holders, including Bachmann, Republican candidates and conservative bloggers.
Participants brought signs criticizing Democrats in general, the president, spending and taxes. They also held blue Bachmann signs and cheered as the congresswoman spoke for 35 minutes from the back of a haywagon parked on the edge of a lot. …
Tea Party Crowd in St. Cloud
Michele Bachmann Speaks at St. Cloud Tea Party
Michele Bachmann Gestures at St. Cloud Tea Party
Tea Party Signs in St. Cloud
Poster at St. Cloud Tea Party
Andy Aplikowski Speaks at St. Cloud Tea Party
Gary Gross Speaks at St. Cloud Tea Party
Related report on this site
Bachmann Heads Teabaggers (Sept. 13, 2009)
Robert Creamer, long-time liberal political organizer and strategist, in a June 9, 2010 Huffington Post column, offers this perspective on the Tea Party movement:
The Tea Party is becoming an extremist cancer in the Republican Party.
The biggest winner [in the June 8 primaries] was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. …
Instead of facing a more mainstream Republican in November, his opponent will be Tea Party affiliated Sharron Angle who wants to privatize Social Security, abolish Medicare and replace it with vouchers, restore the prohibition of alcohol (in Nevada no less), eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy, and store the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, not too many miles from Las Vegas.
It is true that her “mainstream” Republican opponent, Sue Lowden, looked pretty extreme herself when she proposed bartering chickens for health care. But Angle is way out there — a million miles from the political mainstream in Nevada.
The Tea Party, of course, was originally organized and funded by Dick Armey and his corporate clients in a bid to defeat the Obama agenda in general and his health care reform bill in particular. It has morphed into a Frankenstein monster that is now loose in the Republican streets and threatens serious damage to the party in the fall.
While the Tea Party has helped to energize the Republican base, it is wreaking havoc in primaries and will fuel the Democratic narrative that Republican candidates are extremists and completely out of touch with the aspirations of everyday middle class families — especially the key swing voting block of seniors.
Many seniors were frightened by the health care bill because they erroneously thought it would cut Medicare. Now they are coming to find that Republicans want to abolish Medicare altogether and replace it with vouchers not worth the paper they’re printed on — not to mention resuscitate George W. Bush’s scheme for privatizing Social Security. …
This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone June 3-6, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
25. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the Tea Party? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
------- Favorable ------- ------ Unfavorable ------ No NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opinion 6/6/10 36 17 19 50 25 24 14 3/26/10 41 21 21 39 16 23 20 2/8/10 35 20 15 40 20 20 25
FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — June 5, 2009
David Carradine (Photo: Getty Images / CNN)
One-year retrospective: One year ago today I reported that initial reports regarding the circumstances surrounding actor David Carradine’s death led me to suspect it was likely the result of a tragic accident, namely a botched case of autoerotic asphyxiation.
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