The Santa Fe Tea Party was a resounding success. There were more people than I had dared hope would come, and far fewer protesters. I heard there were a few, but the only one I saw was a grim-faced man who glowered at us as he walked around holding above his head a sign that read, “Pay your taxes, be grateful, and shut up, you morons.”
Democrat John Grubesic got resoundingly booed for telling us that we really don’t pay too much in taxes after all, because in Sweden they pay 51%. Gosh, if it’s good enough for the Swedes, I guess it ought to be good enough for us. I saw that train wreck coming when I read this story in Heath Haussamen’s blog the other day. Steve Terrell has the whole text of Grubesic’s speech.
The other speakers were great. Former Gov. Gary Johnson was wonderful — he almost makes me want to get rid of term limits so we could elect him again. SFRWF President Sheryl Bohlander, who worked incredibly hard putting this event together, made an inspiring call-to-arms speech. General Greg Zanetti, commander of the New Mexico National Guard, made a sincere, heartfelt speech that was very well received, and boded well for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
I saw a number of friends there. One of them called me earlier in the day saying her husband didn’t want to go because he thought there’d only be about six people there, Santa Fe being Santa Fe, and it would be just too painful to watch. I assured her that would not be the case (and hoped like anything I wasn’t being a cockeyed optimist) and they did come. Truly, considering what an overwhelmingly liberal Democrat city this is, the turnout was nothing short of amazing.
This may be the beginning of a beautiful realignment.
Update: Cordelia is on the front page of the New Mexican!
Steve Terrell’s story accompanying the picture already has 59 comments (and it’s only 8:00 a.m.). I only read the first page, but many are spouting the Democratic talking point that the Tea Parties were all orchestrated from the top by the GOP and Fox News, and are not grass roots events. I know the people who organized the Santa Fe Tea Party, and it was a grass roots operation. I was at one of the sign making parties along with other ordinary citizens, and donated money (not to the GOP, but to the organizers personally) to make it happen, as did a lot of other people. This party was strictly a home grown affair.
One comment ended with
I would appreciate it if the Republicans would cease and desist with their incessant anger, hatred and bigotry. Please do not make April 15 a national racist day.
How protesting higher taxes and excessive government spending makes you a racist I’m not sure, but then again, it’s become standard operating procedure on the left to call anyone you disagree with a racist, and consider the argument won.