The establishment has flipped. America today has done what needs to be done and it could not have been done without the Tea Party. But truth be told, there would be no Tea Party today had there not been a Sarah Palin to egg it on and advance it.
Reports now are everywhere that “DC turns on Obama,” a headline today at Politico.
We saw it coming when just last month the venerable TV veteran Tom Brokaw condemned the White House correspondents' annual fete, calling it “Versailles.” Something in our nature makes it true when an old soldier, a “Gray Champion,” says it, steps in front of the parade and says "no more." But we have been hearing this from Palin for several years now. Next year it will be different.
What has happened in America these past eight years is that the states have awakened as if from a slumber since 1865. A sea change has occurred between Hamilton’s American vision and Jefferson’s. The Tea Party and Palin have awakened Jefferson. It is a door that opened that will not be closed. The mainstream media has not exactly joined in, but it will. That is the next step.
The White House Correspondents' Association dinner in recent years has always brought to my mind the first years of the infamous and electric Frank Rizzo, mayor of Philadelphia, in the mid '70s. Philly then appeared to be falling apart. A PR campaign put posters all over the city saying, “Philadelphia is not as bad as everybody says.”
In fact, it was worse. But Rizzo provided free lunches for the press and the press loved him. Then one day, a single reporter refused the free lunch. Then another did, then another and another, and soon the press woke up to the Rizzo corruption and began to see their appeasement as benign coat carriers advanced and protected it. The Philadelphia Inquirer went on the attack. It went on to win Pulitzer after Pulitzer and in short time took the reputation of being the best investigative newspaper in America. And Philly returned to life.
The dam has broken in D.C. Let's hope the same happens there.