Rose Institute Fellow Douglas Johnson today wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times online about the influence of the Tea Party in California in 2010.Â From the piece:
The Tea Party’s grassroots organizing occurs primarily by word of mouth (whether in person or through online social media). But California’s electorate is simply too enormous to reach one by one. Like Mr. Donnelly, Chuck DeVore ran a “tea party” campaign in his race for U.S. Senate. A populist conservative, Mr. DeVore was an early supporter of Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate campaign. But where 30,500 tea party voters won the Senate primary in Delaware, and 56,000 Alaska tea party votes won in Alaska, Mr. DeVore’s 452,000 votes placed him only a distant third in California’s Republican Senate primary.