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Last night Republican Scott Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley for the late Ted Kennedy’s open Senate seat by 5 points, exceeding all expectations and causing quite a stir not only among the Tea Party movement, but on Capitol Hill. This is the first time since 1972 that a Republican has taken a Massachusetts Senate seat, and the late surge of support was highly unexpected.
FreedomWorks activists joined forces with other volunteers for a door to door get out the vote campaign, increasing voter turnout and likely assisting in the electoral shift.
The results have been widely viewed as a referendum on Democrat Party policy and President Obama. The size and speed of the changes proposed by this legislation are prompting the intense backlash of the past year, primarily focusing on proposed health care reform legislation.
The Tea Party movement began as a response to growing fiscal irresponsibility last February. By April 15th, 2009 there was major momentum. On September 12th, 2009 the Taxpayer March on Washington, DC brought over a million citizens to the nation’s capital in an impressive display of grassroots muscle. Today, the Tea Party movement is more than a massive grassroots political force – its motivating principles define the center of the spectrum in American politics.
“This was a clear repudiation of one party rule, and of the Democrats’ hostile attempts to take over our health care system. What is sending stone cold chills down the collective spine of the Washington political establishment is the now undeniable fact that the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility have unprecedented political standing with the American electorate,” said FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe.