Key conservative groups, led by FreedomWorks, played a key and "stealth" role in Scott Brown's stunning victory Tuesday for the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy.
FreedomWorks, headed by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, helped direct the Tea Party movement in Massachusetts to score the upset win for the GOP, according to a NYTimes.com report
The Times stated: "And so FreedomWorks sent out a query to dozens of its best organizers across the country. Within days, the clamoring response made clear that what seemed improbable suddenly seemed very attainable; within weeks, the Tea Party movement had established a beachhead in Mr. Kennedy’s home state."
Meanwhile, the paper said that "... Democrats paid but slight attention to a contest that by every indication and by history should have been nothing to worry about."
“It was a classic case of everybody getting caught napping,” David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said. “This guy knew exactly what he was doing. He’s an appealing candidate. Pleasant guy. He’s smart. He tapped into an antipolitician sentiment.”