From John Combest, a round-up on yesterday’s St. Louis Tea Party, which as many as 1,500 people attended:
- P-D: St. Louis riverfront draws rally against Obama stimulus plan
- St. Louis Beacon: Protestors are tea’d off at stimulus and Obama
- KTVI: “St. Louis Tea Party”; Large group protests stimulus plan
- KTVI: Video: St. Louis Tea Party
- KMOV: Hundreds gather at Arch to protest Obama’s stimulus package
- KMOX: Photos: Anti-stimulus “Tea Party”
- RFT: Silent majority gets loud at “Tea Party” under the Gateway Arch
And in Springfield, Missouri, again via Combest:
And in Kansas City, Missouri this morning, tea-partyers were expected to meet at the J.C. Nichols Fountain and march on to Sen. Claire McCaskill‘s district office, expressing opposition to her vote for the stimulus package.
The St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City tea parties are part of a national response to Obama’s actions to increase government spending and expand the State. CNBC reporter Rick Santelli sparked the idea in his recent on-air rallying cry for freedom and capitalism in the face of threats from Obama.
Will these public demonstrations make a difference? The stimulus package has already passed, and Obama’s budget proposal looks as fat as it ever.
The impact of theses rallies, then, is to chip away at Obama’s public facade, to take some of the sheen off his image. The rallies signal to the general public that it’s not only okay criticize Obama – but that thousands are already taking to the streets to do so.
A PR impact – as opposed to a policy impact – may seem small consolation, but given the type of media coverage, still high (but declining) approval ratings and the general cult of personality Obama has enjoyed, these successful tea parties are of huge importance, and a good place from which to build opposition momentum.