The Washington Examiner reached out to Amy Kremer, a friend and chair of the Tea Party Express, and myself yesterday to ask if the Obama Administration finally responding to Sen. Rand Paul on the issue of drone strikes against American citizens on American soil after his 13-hour filibuster was a win for the Tea Party movement:
Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor has rallied the fledgling Tea Party movement from a months-long slump and highlighted the schism between those brassy conservative newcomers and their Republican Party elders.
“What a night,” Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said after Paul’s filibuster, which began Wednesday about noon and ended about 1 a.m. Thursday. “He has definitely energized the base in a way that it hasn’t been energized in a long time.”
Until Paul’s appearance, the Tea Party’s popularity appeared to be waning. Republican leaders pushed Tea Party lawmakers to the sidelines during budget negotiations with President Obama. After a very successful 2010 election, the Tea Party took a beating in the 2012 contests. And pollsters found that fewer and fewer people were affiliating themselves with the movement.
But Paul’s filibuster attracted huge support on social media sites, from conservatives and liberals, and some believe it could mark a comeback for the movement.
“This is a big deal,” said Jason Pye, editor-in-chief of UnitedLiberty.org, a libertarian blog that follows the Tea Party.
Attorney General Holder’s response to Sen. Paul’s filibuster is certainly a significant win for Americans who believe in the Constitution and the rule of law. While the leftists have long-claimed to be defenders of civil liberties, it was the Tea Party — Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz — defending due process and a restrained executive branch. They’re representative of movement that has brought us other members of Congress — including Justin Amash, Tom McClintock, and Thomas Massie — who are fighting to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
This isn’t Republicans versus Democrats — it’s liberty versus tyranny. We’ve cleared one hurdle, but there is still much work left to be done. This just shows that everyday Americans, including a large amount of youth, are more with us than they previously thought.
The Old Guard GOP — John McCain and Lindsey Graham — continue to push Americans away from the Republican Party. The more they tighten their grip, the more voters will slip through their fingers. This shows that they are either ignorant or have a blatant disregard for civil liberties, due process, and their oath to defend the Constitution. As I said in response to the question, this is a big deal and that’s why we will continue to fight in primaries to rid Washington of the likes of McCain and Graham and replace them with people like Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.