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Is The Tea Party Over?

As the Republican establishment has learned, gone are the days when Americans don’t care about politics.

For the sake of the country, millions of Tea Party grassroots activists are now politically active because of government overreach and lack of accountability from politicians. These activists are taking a stand for limited-government and reminding politicians that they were elected to represent the people and not themselves.

Following the recent primary election defeat of Tea Party backed candidates, some are saying it’s a sign the movement is losing its influence.

On the contrary, the Tea Party movement is alive and well.

Just like it has taken our country years to get in the situation we are in – abysmal economic growth, debt, unacceptably unemployment and energy prices to name a few – it will take some time to put our country on the right track towards economic prosperity.

And just like life is a marathon, so is the world of politics.

Considering the outcome of several primaries this week, significant attention was paid to the Senate race in Kentucky between political new comer Matt Bevin and establishment Republican candidate Mitch McConnell.

Although grassroots activists passionately rallied behind Bevin, the McConnell machine of money, power and influence prevailed.

Even though the Kentucky Tea Party candidate did not win, the efforts of these grassroots activists are pushing the establishment candidates to adopt a more conservative message.

An ABC News blog post captured the significant lesson from the recent Republican primary elections where the reality is the Tea Party is losing the battle but winning the war:

2. The Tea Party is Winning the War: Incumbent Republicans are surviving not by taking on the tea party but by bending toward the tea party’s will. It’s been labeled “Cruz control,” and it’s a path to survival. Critics of Bevin’s failed bid are saying he didn’t do much to distinguish himself from McConnell. In truth, McConnell didn’t give him much space.

Because our country is at a crossroads, gone are the days of politicians doing drive-by handshakes and giving lip service when they need the votes of we the people.

Grassroots activists are committed and will continue to set the bar for conservative candidates and politicians to abide by, otherwise they will face a battle during the next election.

It’s going to take time but even the establishment is dancing to the Tea Party tune.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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