Scott Brown’s election to the Senate is an example of the energy and passion that has been brought to the Republican Party in the past year by new conservative leaders.
Brown’s victory would not have happened without the leadership of tea party activists and the new and alternative media — talk radio, cable TV, Internet, bloggers, etc. These new conservative leaders are forcing backbone and spine into the old and tired Republican leaders, who in early 2009 were afraid to publicly disagree with or challenge President Obama and his agenda.
The next battleground will be in Republican and Democratic primaries. These new conservative leaders are gearing up to challenge the political establishment regardless of party.
No big-government incumbent should feel safe in the 2010 primaries. And as Massachusetts voters showed, that applies in the bluest of blue states. Americans are furious, angry, and frightened at the political establishment’s massive expansion of government in the last 10 years.
There is more concern, even anger, at the grassroots level than I have seen in my almost 50 years of marketing to Americans, and Americans are not a naturally angry people.
Principled conservative political candidates and organizations are receiving stronger financial support than at any time in the last 50 years.
The Massachusetts Senate vote will also encourage many more principled conservatives to become candidates and challenge incumbents. Massachusetts voters sent a message that will encourage conservatives to challenge Republicans in Name Only (RINO).
The upcoming primaries will see more big-government incumbents, Republican and Democratic, defeated than at any time in American history.
Because incumbents can see this coming Armageddon, there will be a historic number of office holders, especially Democrats, in the next months announcing that they are not running for reelection — in order “to spend more time with their family.”
Americans will gladly be saying to them, “Have fun with the kids.”
Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called “one of the creators of the modern conservative movement” (The Nation magazine) and one of the “conservatives of the century” (The Washington Times). He is the co-author of America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power.
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