A couple of them had big news to celebrate. Tim Daniels, aka Left Coast Rebel, has been picked up by Pajamas Media and is now an official guerrilla journalist. Here's his first piece. And local Tea Party founder Dawn Wildman was covered in the highbrow National Journal in an article by Jonathan Rausch on the unique, decentralized organizational structure of the Tea Parties.
The Liberator today sums up the Beer Summit:
Looking around at the folks gathered at the Beer Summit today at Sarah's place, I thought that the founding fathers would have been both appalled by and proud of our situation. I saw a small group of ordinary Americans, Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, just one of a countless number of such groups, roused to action by a federal government that had over reached its bounds. The Tea Partiers in the room were not tools of corporate interests, not interested in political office, and motivated only by a desire to change the direction of their country. The founders would have been appalled because the constitutional republic they had bequeathed posterity had been so violated by the rapacious over reach of a political class that had lost all regard for their vision of limited government. And they would have been proud that ordinary citizens had risen up to restore that government to its proper limits.
The Tea Party isn't complicated. If you don't think that the Constitution imposes any meaningful limits on the federal government's regulation of the economy, then you should not join our cause. But if you think Obamacare, the stimulus packages, the deficits, and the bail out of corporations and Wall Street's financial firms are harming our country, then by all means, join us; protest, vote, support candidates for limited government, write letters or blogs and make your voice heard. The hour is late, but not too late, to save our nation from calamity.
And Leslie has come up with the Mad Men Index for candidates and issues in the November election.