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The Left Is Late To The (Tea) Party

Originally Published in Washington Examiner on 2/22/17.

Days after the 2016 election, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., suggested that there might be "some sort of actual Tea Party of the Left." Plans were immediately set in motion to formalize his concept.

The Left is smart to take a page out of the Tea Party's playbook. They have finally realized that what liberals are doing is not working. The confused hodgepodge of issues crowding the Women's March, the ineffectiveness of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the hateful rhetoric of anti-Trump protests are getting them nowhere.

They see how the Tea Party movement's unswerving commitment to one idea (fiscal responsibility) managed to unite Americans across the nation and even across the aisle. They see how grassroots helped Republicans win the House in 2010 followed by the Senate in 2014. They see how activists helped block Merrick Garland's appointment to the Supreme Court and secure the confirmation of Scott Pruitt for the EPA.