Media rumors of the death of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement are greatly exaggerated.
In yesterday’s Republican primary election in Indiana, incumbent Richard Lugar, the 6-term (36 years!) RINO senator who was first elected to the Senate in 1976, finally was put out to pasture at the ripe old age of 80. As senator, Lugar has a conservative rating of a pathetic 43.5.
Lugar was defeated by the TEA Party and NRA candidate, conservative State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
A year ago political pundits said Richard Mourdock couldn’t win this race. They said he couldn’t build the support needed to overcome the establishment machine. They were wrong.
Mourdock scored a landslide victory, winning more than 60% of the vote with almost all precincts reporting.
Mourdock is a principled, conservative leader who has shown tremendous courage under fire. As State Treasurer, he led the fight against the Chrysler bailout and as a Senate candidate he has boldly stood up against congressional earmarks.
At a TEA Party protest in downtown San Antonio on March 23, 2012, patriot Pat Denzer holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution to his chest. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Meanwhile, John McKinnon of Wall Street Journal reports that the tax return of the tea party movement’s biggest umbrella organization shows that the movement is growing in power.
The Woodstock, Ga.-based Tea Party Patriots reported raising $12.2 million for the year ended May 31, 2011. That vaults them into the ranks of some of the most successful conservative activist groups, including FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform.