Tea Party Patriots Set Biggest Protest Since 2010
IRS Scandal Is Focus of Public Outrage
In an ominous sign for the Obama White House, thousands of Tea Party patriots will gather on the west lawn of the Capitol Wednesday to protest the IRS assault on conservative groups and donors.
Organizers of the event have billed it as the largest Tea Party protest since 2010 when conservatives captured the House from Democrats after passage of Obamacare and months of runaway federal spending that started with the so-called stimulus bill in early 2009.
“At noon tomorrow, we are going to tell the world about how the IRS tried to crush the Tea Party movement,” organizers with the Tea Party Patriots organization said in an email to supporters Tuesday.
Organizers expect to hear from Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, as well as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Representative Michele Bachmann.
Of all the Obama scandals, including extensive data gathering by the National Security Agency, the IRS voter suppression scheme continues to have staying power. The effort to destroy conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status started on April 1, 2010, only weeks after Obamacare was signed into law. It continued well past November 2012 when President Obama won reelection.
The pollster Scott Rasmussen reported Tuesday that concern about the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations remains high and is inching up. He said that 82 percent of voters nationwide are now following the IRS targeting story, up from 74 percent a month ago.
Most telling for the White House was the poll result that 70 percent believe the IRS decision to target conservatives was made in Washington, although how high up the decision went is still unknown.
In a link to the National Security Agency (NSA) controversy, a Rasmussen poll last week showed that 57 percent of those polled fear the government will use NSA data to harass political opponents.
The mounting Obama scandals, which include Benghazi and Justice Department seizure of phone records from journalists, have now reached the president personally.
A CNN poll revealed earlier this week that Obama’s approval rating dropped eight percentage points in the past month to
45 percent, his lowest rating in more than a year and a half.
The poll showed that for the first time in Obama’s presidency, half of the public says they do not believe he is honest and trustworthy.
CNN also reported that the drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition.
The president also dropped 10 points among independent voters, with Obama’s disapproval among independents jumping 12 points to 61 percent.
The Tea Party rally Tuesday could be a turning point in public distrust for the Obama administration. In fact, it could be the opening shot by conservatives infused with fresh enthusiasm in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.