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The Army of Davids: ‘All Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen’

Posted on | February 9, 2010 | 10 Comments

From my latest column at The American Spectator:

The prime congressional target for Alabama’s Republicans is Rep. Bobby Bright, whose 2nd District encompasses the Wiregrass region where Odom’s group has become a force to be reckoned with, as has the Wetumpka Tea Party, led by Eric and Becky Gerritson.
The anti-establishment mood represented by the Tea Party movement is a factor in the Republican crusade to unseat Bright, who won the 2nd District seat by a narrow margin in 2008 and whose re-election race is rated a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report.
Montgomery City Council member Martha Roby, who announced as a GOP candidate last May, was cited by Roll Call as a recruiting success story for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Roby raised $125,000 in the six weeks after she announced her candidacy, but being the handpicked choice of the national GOP establishment may prove more curse than blessing in a year when Republicans are in the midst of a populist insurgency. Many grassroots conservatives are suspicious of the party insiders who disastrously backed Dede Scozzafava last year in the New York 23rd District special election, and whose support of Charlie Crist in this year’s Florida Senate primary sparked a sharp backlash.
Montgomery businessman Rick Barber announced last month that he would also seek the Republican nomination in the 2nd District, bringing his own Tea Party activism into the campaign. A 34-year-old former Marine sergeant and pool-hall owner, Barber was among those who challenged Bright to discuss President Obama’s proposed health-care legislation in a town-hall meeting during the congressional recess last August, an invitation that Bright repeatedly declined. . . .

Please read the whole thing. It’s linked at Instapundit and Left Coast Rebel.

UPDATE: While I’m down here covering actual Tea Party candidates, David Walsh of the World Socialist Web Site asserts it’s all a sham:

The “Tea Party” movement, which held a convention last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, is largely a media concoction, aimed at shifting official American political life even further to the right.

Walsh should tell that to Don Odum and the Wiregrass Patriots or to Becky and Eric Gerritson of the Wetumpka Tea Party.

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  • Chuck Cross

    So Rick Barber and Les Phillip — sound like two gents we need in Congress. Both their issues pages check out for strong American values. I’ll spread the word around and see if I can gin up any help.

    Thanks for bringing these gents to my attention.

  • Chuck Cross

    So Rick Barber and Les Phillip — sound like two gents we need in Congress. Both their issues pages check out for strong American values. I’ll spread the word around and see if I can gin up any help.

    Thanks for bringing these gents to my attention.

  • guest

    “is largely a media concoction, aimed at shifting official American political life”

    Interesting statement coming from an organization which assisted in providing background for the anti-war movement largely concocted by the media which aimed to destroy not only a political party but a Commander-in Chief during wartime as America rightfully defends herself.

    The antiwar moment is where the extreme Left and extreme Right meet to provide background materials in Jane Fonda’s (played by Cindy Sheehan) ‘Death to America’ movies.

    This is the thing the anti-war RONPAULS!!! do not understand, with their Alex Jones tyrants they provided background material for the World Socialist organization aka ANSWER, United for Peace and Justice etc and so forth.

  • guest

    “is largely a media concoction, aimed at shifting official American political life”

    Interesting statement coming from an organization which assisted in providing background for the anti-war movement largely concocted by the media which aimed to destroy not only a political party but a Commander-in Chief during wartime as America rightfully defends herself.

    The antiwar moment is where the extreme Left and extreme Right meet to provide background materials in Jane Fonda’s (played by Cindy Sheehan) ‘Death to America’ movies.

    This is the thing the anti-war RONPAULS!!! do not understand, with their Alex Jones tyrants they provided background material for the World Socialist organization aka ANSWER, United for Peace and Justice etc and so forth.

  • http://powip.com Dan Collins

    Yeah, the MSM were really hot to cover Tea Parties in a favorable light, last summer.

  • http://powip.com Dan Collins

    Yeah, the MSM were really hot to cover Tea Parties in a favorable light, last summer.

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  • http://datechguy.wordpress.com datechguy

    Given the choice of an on time column or an instalance Wlady, take the instalance!

    and the cannoli.

  • http://datechguy.wordpress.com datechguy

    Given the choice of an on time column or an instalance Wlady, take the instalance!

    and the cannoli.

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