“‘I am deluged with phone calls this morning (from) people wanting to join the Tea Party,’ said Gina Loudon, a founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, which campaigned against the bill during Obama’s stop there two weeks ago. ‘I literally cannot even return the phone calls quickly enough. … This has absolutely awoken a giant.’
“Loudon said she and other activists — who met up at a pub in downtown St. Louis Sunday night to mourn the passage of the bill — are already drafting a game plan for the months ahead. She said getting involved in congressional campaigns will be a big part of that…
“Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and a national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, agreed that the focus will be on voting out health care reform bill supporters.
“‘Yesterday, they chose not to listen to what the people want,’ she said. ‘We, the people, will have our say in November.'”
“It’s really looking like a brutal year for Democrats in the Big Ten states.
“Barack Obama’s approval numbers in the two places we polled this week- Wisconsin and Ohio- tell the story. He won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008 but we find his approval there at a net -2 (46/48) for a 16 point drop since the election. It’s a similar story in Ohio. He won there by four points in 2008 but our approval numbers there for him tomorrow will show him at -13 (40/53) for a drop of 17 points. If his national approval rating was falling the way it is in these two states he’d be at about 43/53 for the whole country…
“What all this really makes me wonder is just how many House seats Democrats are going to lose in the region this year. The smattering of polling we’ve seen has not been very good for the party, but because it’s so limited it’s hard to get a handle on just how bad the situation is. Given the Obama numbers and what we’re seeing in Senate and Gubernatorial polls though I’m guessing it’s not a good picture for Democrats. It’s going to be a very difficult year for the party in this region.
“We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election. Three of these House members are retiring – from Arkansas’s 2nd district, Indiana’s 8th district, and Tennessee’s 6th district – but we’ll be working to make sure that those who replace them are Commonsense Conservatives. The others are running for re-election, and we’re going to hold them accountable for this disastrous Obamacare vote. They are: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Harry E. Mitchell (AZ-5), Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8), John Salazar (CO-3), Betsy Markey (CO-4). Allen Boyd (FL-2), Suzanne M. Kosmas (FL-24), Baron P. Hill (IN-9), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Charlie Wilson (OH-6), John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Christopher Carney (PA-10), John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1), and Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3).
“We’ll aim for these races and many others. This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington. Please go to sarahpac.com and join me in the fight.
“Stand tall, America. Real change is coming!”