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February 4th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

A Tea Party incumbents won't enjoy

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/04/tea.party.rally.jpg caption="Protesters march at a Tea Party Express rally in Washington, DC."]

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

A grass-roots movement is growing across this country, and like the Ross Perot movement of 18 years ago, it will turn the political landscape upside down, with the consequences being felt long afterwards.

Warning signs should be posted on the streets surrounding our nation's Capitol: "Endangered Species! Incumbents beware!"

In late May of 1992, I signed on as the co-chairman and day-to-day campaign manager of the Perot for President effort.

For months prior to my decision, I had been watching with fascination the growing coast-to-coast, grass-roots movement and the disconnect between it and the Washington political establishment. Millions of Americans had a growing disdain for both political parties and felt those representing them in Congress and the man in the White House, George H.W. Bush, didn't relate to their ordinary lives.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Diver

    Let me think:

    Tea Party Keynote Speaker, Sarah Palin. Nuff said on that one.
    Republican National Committe Meeting: Hawaii (and on whose dollars)

    It appears to me that both are missing the whole point.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  2. Boomer in Mo

    Some of the tea party views are correct. But I know a bunch of tea partiers, including one of my siblings, and what worries me is they have always looked down on, and made nasty comments, about the working poor and minorities and seem to feel free now to push those people further down. Their attitude has visibly become "I've got mine and no one else is getting any." One family member is getting so angry about people under his socio-economic status (a six figure income) that my husband and I are starting to fear he will do something violent at some point. He cites all the tea party propoganda while spouting his garbage. He was raised in a poor family and I don't understand his vile hatred for the lower middle class and working poor and it is scary listening to him. We have started to avoid that part of the family.

    February 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  3. Tim Gibson

    Perhaps it is the continued growth since 1992 and the garden is now ready for harvest. At least that is the way it looks from down here in the middle of not understanding how it all works. Our understanding has a new name, it is called, good bye "safe seat."

    February 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm |