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    Sarah Palin will headline first-ever Tea Party Convention
    Sarah Palin’s appearance is a coup for a movement now getting grudging respect from mainstream commentators. But will the feisty Tea Party movement coalesce with the GOP’s old guard?

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    Almost 1-1/2 years since she shook up American politics with her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is set to headline another landmark political event: the first-ever Tea Party Convention next month in Nashville, Tenn.

    On its face, the gig would seem a step down for Ms. Palin, one of conservative America’s most popular and polarizing figures (not to mention major thorn in the side of the Obama White House).

    But with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll ranking a generic “Tea Party” as more popular than either Democrats or Republicans, and Palin herself rivaling the charming Mr. Obama in poll popularity, many experts see the Tea Party event as a potential milestone for a mounting, even transformational, force in US politics.

    “[W]ith two wars, a continuing terror threat, huge federal deficits, and a major healthcare overhaul in the works, there is no shortage of disaffection out there … and that could prove to be political dynamite,” writes the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz. Against that backdrop, writes Mr. Kurtz, “The tea types can either blossom into a Perotista-style third-party movement or be subsumed to some degree by the GOP.”

    Indeed, the Nashville event is not about chartering a new political party to represent conservative ideals like low taxes and states’ rights, but more about unifying to take on “Obama, Pelosi and Reid this year,” writes Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, one of many Tea Party groups and the lead sponsor of a convention that will feature conservative firebrands such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota.

    Already, tea-colored races are appearing around the country, including the looming matchup between Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (seen as Republican Lite by many conservatives) and Cuban-American conservative Marco Rubio, who has gotten the stamp of approval by Tea Party folks.

    But courting what many call a fringe and inchoate movement carries huge risks, argues Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, in Atlanta.

    He says a Republican shift toward the Reaganesque Tea Party ideal could lead to a sort of pogrom for moderate Republicans, forcing out those (think Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe) who don’t hew precisely to rock-hard conservative principles around economic freedom and limited government interference.

    “The Republican Party is trapped by their base, which is going increasingly conservative,” says Mr. Abramowitz. “Yes, Republicans can do fairly well in the 2010 elections – it’s entirely possible that they could pick up 20 to 30 seats in the House – but they could read the wrong message from that. In 2012, if the economy is doing reasonably well again and Obama’s popularity has stabilized, that strategy is going to be very risky and this could all come back to haunt them.”

    Democrats will target Palin and Tea Partiers
    Solidly behind that assessment, Democrats are aiming to vilify the rising Tea Party movement as woefully old-school and out of touch. “Labeling their GOP candidates as being part of the Sarah Palin or Tea Party wing of the GOP will be the key element” of Democratic attacks in 2010, writes John Fund in The Wall Street Journal.

    But if the Tea Party movement stays largely independent and uses its grass-roots network to help swing contested elections, other analysts say, Democrats may want to reconsider that tack and try to tap into a movement that has quickly gone from liberal laughingstock to what New York Times columnist David Brooks grudgingly calls “a major force in American politics.”

    “Looks like both grand parties will have to court the tea party supporters because many of them are independents from the purple states,” writes Ellie Velinska at RightPundits.

    Now enter Palin. The former Alaska governor has already expressed her simpatico feelings for the Tea Party movement, and her high-profile presence and Facebook-touted preferences for the individual over the collective will help guarantee that eyes and ears will focus on Nashville next month.

    Agreeing to appear at a major Tea Party event also gives Palin a larger platform to criticize the president and Congress, and it guarantees news coverage, potentially building momentum for a future campaign.

    “This is perfect for her, made for her,” says Abramowitz.
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    Go, Sara!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    Go, Sara!!
    Sarah has a brain and is not hard to look at. A refreshing change from Pelosi and Reid!

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    She sounds good thus far. I just hope she does not change like most of the other politicians.
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    Are these tea parties doing any good? I know there were a bunch of them in Mn and other areas last year but nothing has changed that I know of. The dem's don't care what people thing and they pass these off as a bunch of radicals or something not worth listening to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyrone View Post
    Are these tea parties doing any good? I know there were a bunch of them in Mn and other areas last year but nothing has changed that I know of. The dem's don't care what people thing and they pass these off as a bunch of radicals or something not worth listening to.
    Vyrone, I have to believe that the mainstream media would not be able to ignore a Tea Party Convention (the first one ever), held exactly one year to the day after Obama moved in to the White House...especially in light of Sarah Palin's participation. While Congress and B.O. may have been able to "pretend" that the previous Tea Parties didn't happen (or that we were merely astro-turf NOT grassroots), the scheduled 1/20/2010 event, to be held in Nashville, TN, should be impossible for anyone to ignore. Time will tell!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    She sounds good thus far. I just hope she does not change like most of the other politicians.
    +1. hope she will not be bought.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC Stu View Post
    Sarah has a brain and is not hard to look at. A refreshing change from Pelosi and Reid!
    I think Sarah is good at stirring things up, but I would hardly say she has a brain.. She more reminds me of the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz (before they get to Oz)..
    I hope she sparks something at the Tea Event, but I also hope they get someone that really has a brain, makes their own decisions, and can truly inspire their base and draw others in... IF nothing else, maybe it will wake up the GOP and get them to stop moving right, and actually work to get something done.. It's been more than a year, and still not viable alternative to the health care bill.. Come on.. Is everyone in the GOP afraid of doing some Homework???

    We will see if The President doesn't come up with some stunt to grab news coverage during the Tea Party time to trump them on the daily/evening news..

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    It's not only our elected officials that ignore the Tea Parties, the willing media is helping them. They are also ignoring the Tea Parties and writing them off as a bunch of misfit radicals not an organized political movement.
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    I think Sara has a better Brain then our current Pres. His brain thinks the wrong way and she has more expierence in working for the people then he has.
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