“Do you feel the wave?” • Fred Johnson, columnist
I feel a wave sweeping the country. Locally, the wave began in 2009 with a Tea Party rally in downtown Madison protesting massive deficit spending by the government. We expected dozens and hundreds showed up. Later that year, the 9/12 Taxpayer Protest in Washington drew a million people, including a busload from Madison.
Nancy Pelosi said the Tea Party was an Astroturf party instead of a grassroots party, but she lost her job as House Majority leader in 2010 when 63 House democrats were defeated in midterm elections as the wave continued. Republicans also picked up six Senate seats and over 10 governorships in the midterms.
The wave surged this year during the presidential debates when people saw that the President had no new ideas and promised only four more years of the same failed policies with more government and higher taxes versus a candidate with a successful record as both a businessman and governor. The vice-presidential debate left people shaking their heads in stunned amazement. Recent polls show Romney surging again as the full story emerges of the scandalous actions and inactions by the administration over the murder of four Americans in Benghazi.
You can feel the wave spreading across the country. The wave has been gaining momentum for four years and will sweep ashore just a few days from now.
An interesting aside, is the response to Republican campaign signs this year. I can recall times in past elections when Republicans searched for people willing to have a campaign sign placed in their yard. This year, phones rang off the hook when the Republican signs came to town. Typically, they called again the next day because their neighbors also wanted signs (note to Democrats: Republicans do not charge for signs, they were free).
Printed in the November 1 2012 edition.