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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

The agenda setters: Tea Partiers

Question:Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

The leaders of the year were the tens or hundreds of thousands of activists who made up the Tea Parties across the country. They represented the largest genuine mass movement in generations to enter the political arena with a clear goal. (The Obama campaign involved as many volunteers, but they followed his agenda; the Tea Parties created the agenda and the candidates followed.)

At one level, the Tea Parties cost the Republicans two, and perhaps three, Senate seats, but they won the election for a Republican Party that eighteen months earlier was all but moribund.

The Tea Parties were the leaders of the year because they not only reversed the control of Congress, but because they set the agenda as well.

By Slade Gorton

 |  December 20, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Government leadership , Political leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I seldom listen to NPR. You on the other hand are the epitome of the ditto heads of the overweight, drug addicted draft dodger's radio program. (Yes, he was a draft dodger; his grandfather ran the draft board in his county and he brought a note from his doctor about having a pilonital cyst. When on active duty - and I cheated to get in, not to stay out - I had discomfort sitting down, went to the Army doctor who said "You have a pilonital cyst; I'll take care of that now. Operated in the office and I was back to work the next day.)
You and the other baggers wouldn't know a Marxist or Socialist from a Presbyterian. These terms have been a brickbat for the extreme right in this country for over 50 years to frighten good old americanus redneckus.

The Teabaggers don't want the Constitution; they want the Articles of Confederation back. Bachman wants the Constitution yet refused to return her census forms (Article 1, Section 2); Palin wants religious tests (Article VI); Beck wants to charge emigrants a fee for coming to this country (the clause in Article 1 has to do with the importation of slaves, but he is too stupid to understand and you are too lazy to look it up yourself).
I used to be a Republican, grew up on Long Island but visited relatives in the South in the 50s and 60s; went to college in the South in the 60s (saw the Klan's booth at the NC State Fair) and lived there in the 70s. I saw the Party of Lincoln become the Party of Jefferson Davis and Elmer Gantry as all the "former" segregationists took it over.
States Rights was a euphamism for slavery and then for segregation. It has lost its credibility except with bozos like you who get all their (mis)information from Fox.

Posted by: roscym1 | December 29, 2010 8:30 AM
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Thank God for the Tea Party movement. With the Marxists in charge of the WH and Congress we Americans have suffered and will suffer till all the damage they have done is repealed and rolled back. The liberals hate the TEa party crowd because they want this land to become a socialist/communist cesspool, where everyone sufferers. Nov 2010 saved the day for the US. Still more work for the Tea Party to do to finish off the Marxists in 2012.

Go Tea Party.

Posted by: dena2877 | December 28, 2010 9:13 PM
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"The Tea Party represents the worst in American politics. It is fear, hate and ignorance. It is Archie Bunker meets John Birch. " (ROSCYM1 @ 6:30 AM)

I agree,but you forgot the "Make the lie big,say it often and they will believe you." strategy.

Now you can add Joseph Goebbels to your Archie Bunker meets John Birch and form a Tea Party triumvirate.

Posted by: tablogloid | December 28, 2010 12:34 PM
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Let's be honest here: The Teabaggers are just Bush Voters without the character to admit it.

Having raped and ruined our Armed Forces, they put us trillions of dollars in Bad Debt to the Chinese Communists, looted the treasury with no-bid contracts and corporate give-aways, corrupted our government, and plunged us into the World's Biggest Bad Debt.

Now, they don't want to PAY FOR IT ALL!

Posted by: gkam | December 28, 2010 10:50 AM
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roscym1 you are a perfect example of why NPR needs to be defunded. Obviously you are brainwashed and using the NPR talking points. Never mind that responsible government, lowering the defecit and control reckless spending, is the Tea Party agenda, you spew the Dem and NPR party line that this idea of responsible spending and lowering the defecit is somehow anti Constitution and hateful. Geez, Jan 2011 can't come soon enough in order to defund NPR and save souls like you from further brain damage.

Posted by: vickie1 | December 27, 2010 2:38 PM
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The Tea Party represents the worst in American politics. It is fear, hate and ignorance. It is Archie Bunker meets John Birch. It is not having a clue what the founding fathers stood for and what is in the United States Constitution.

Posted by: roscym1 | December 27, 2010 6:30 AM
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Good choice, Gorton.

The Tea Party movement not only changed the course of the new Congress' agenda, but it changed the political majority in 19 states' general assemblies.

In some instances, it was the first time in over 100 years and in a couple of races it was the first time that Republicans had ever won a state seat.

Also, the Democrats were trying to emulate the Tea Party movement with one of their own. But it failed because it wasn't truly grassroots as is the real Tea Party movement.

So I think the Tea Party is worthy of being Leader of the Year.

Posted by: janet8 | December 26, 2010 11:48 AM
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The TEA party movement as an aggregate would make for a great nomination as Leader of the Year. Every rational person recognizes the TEA party as advocates for reducing annual deficts and national debt by wisely cutting reckless government spending. The sense of urgency here is paramount what with the epic failure the health-insurance reform law is becoming.

Posted by: bohicarico | December 25, 2010 2:29 AM
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By this logic, Lady Gaga is actually the leader of the year. Just check her Twitter ranking. If leadership is measured simply by how many followers you have, the usefulness of the term is utterly lost. A leader should have, at a minimum, a genuinely workable vision. The TPers simply have unfocused anger and a vague plan to lower the deficit by cutting taxes. Trouble is, that one's been tried, and it doesn't work - as simple logic would suggest. Their crude slogans, put into actual details and carried out, would be the ruin of America. That's why, as they will find, even the opportunistic dim-bulb legislators they elected (all busily hiring lobbyists to run their offices and re-election campaigns) will not do it. Some "leadership."

Posted by: NomoStew | December 23, 2010 12:59 PM
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Any movement whose web page features the likes of Glenn Beck and Christine O'Donnell who states: "I'm not concerned the reason you vote for me as long as you vote for me."
really has no agenda other than be elected and hire some lobbyists.

Posted by: Tipidancingbear | December 22, 2010 7:49 AM
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