Limbaugh: Unlike 'Occupy,' Tea Party Has Staying Power

Grant M. Dahl
By Grant M. Dahl | October 26, 2011 | 9:46 AM EDT

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh stated on his show that the media is trying to portray the Tea Party as a fading movement and that Occupy Wall Street is being pumped up as its replacement when, in fact, the Tea Party is the lasting movement.

“The November midterm elections in 2010 showed us what is possible for the Tea Party: A landslide election, down ballot to the point that it affected state-wide structure. It wasn’t just a big sweep for Republicans in Washington. Republicans swept Democrats out everywhere on the ballot, even down to town councils in some places.” said Limbaugh.

“It was massive. Now the establishment types and the media want everybody to forget that. That’s why there is so much attempt, so many attempts now to say that the Tea Party, it don’t even exist anymore. Tea Party is frustrated; it’s Occupy Wall Street, that’s the big money-mover now!”

Indeed, Tea Party organizations are already at work for the 2012 elections, putting forward candidates for Republican congressional nominations in Indiana, Texas, Ohio and many other states.

In contrast, all the Occupy Wall Street movement has done to date is have protestors camp out in certain cities and throw out slogans and demands.

Limbaugh went on to say that, “The circumstances that led to that landslide defeat for Democrats in 2010 have not changed. There is no reason for the Tea Party to have dissipated. There is no reason for the Tea Party to have lost energy and they haven’t, but every effort is being made to make people think so. That the Tea Party was a one-election-wonder and now they are back to their mom and pop stores and they had their one little fling with politics and now its over and the Tea Party doesn’t exist. That’s wishful thinking, but it isn’t the case; and so the days of Conservative Republicans settling are over.”

“The 2010 midterms were a direct rejection of big Washington, big government, big liberal, big Democrat, what have you,” added Limbaugh.