“Michelle, I have a sense talking to people, not just from the South but from New York State for example, the Tea Party’s still growing… We here at MSNBC may offer a different point of view some, most of the time. But I gotta tell you I sense it’s still out there and festering. I don’t think the center in the Republican party that survives these years has the strength to take it on!”Goldberg chimed in and warned of the Tea Party Movement’s progress. Claiming that the GOP had nurtured the conservative movement, Goldberg stated,
“Right! Well the Republican party has kinda nurtured the conservative movement for decades and it can’t just now all of sudden say this is now no longer working for us, ‘We were just kidding!’ I mean, they have created their alternative media infrastructure have spread massive amounts of information about Obama about… about the nature of the country, the idea that this is a Christian nation under siege from secularists. And now people believe it!”Goldberg later admitted, “I think we’re in a lot of trouble.” Matthews opined that it’s not important if a Republican wins in a heavily-Republican state; Matthews proclaimed, “The danger you get is the Republican you get in the United States Senate will be an out-and-out obstructionist.” Yes- challengers to moderate Republicans who continually cave to Democrats will likely be hard-nosed and will highlight the failures of RINOs in Congress. Matthews calls it “obstructionism,” but when a leader makes the tough choice to stand against a wave of cowardice, that is called “leadership.” I have long noted that the Tea Party Movement is frightening to the left (and the establishment Republicans). The left derides us, tries to delegitimize us at every turn. They flip back-and-forth between declaring us ineffectual but also frequently blame us for any conservative victories. Indeed, the Tea Party Movement is the left’s boogeyman; it is the embodiment of the things they have feared the most- a legitimate, grassroots movement with central hub that can be discredited or severed. It is a movement based on the purest of democratic ideals, a movement based on people standing together to say “enough is enough!” More than anything, the left fears the Tea Party because they cannot imagine an existence of a smaller, limited government. The core of “progressive” ideology is that government is the solution to problems when, as Ronald Reagan noted, government is so often the cause of problems.