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Conservatives upbeat at 2 Bay Area gatherings
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/28/11 | Joe Garofoli, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers

Posted on 08/28/2011 3:04:23 PM PDT by SmithL

They've been dismissed as the inconsequential, angry, funny-hat-wearing political fringe. But conservatives and Tea Party activists at lively celebrations in the Bay Area say they're beginning to be recognized as something else as the 2012 elections loom: a mainstream movement.

With two big gatherings - a California Young Republican Federation convention in San Francisco on Friday and a Tea Party Express gathering in Napa on Saturday - it wasn't so lonely being a conservative in the Democratic bastion of the Bay Area.

"We're not afraid to come to the Bay Area, because the majority of the people in the Bay Area agree with us," said Sal Russo, the Sacramento GOP political consultant and father to the Tea Party Express movement, which kicked off its fifth cross-country bus tour Saturday.

Looking out on a field of hundreds of picnicking Tea Party activists at the Napa Valley Expo - many of them holding signs blasting bloated government, high taxes and skyrocketing debt - Russo said the armies of just regular people represent "the zeitgeist of the times."

The Napa site bloomed with signs, bumper stickers and buttons that reflected discontent with the country's direction: "My shovel is ready: where is my job?," "RU seeing RED yet?" and "Stop socialism."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: California; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: cagop; goldenstate; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion

Ruth Ney (second from right) and others form a chorus line during a Tea Party Express rally at the Napa Valley Expo
1 posted on 08/28/2011 3:04:28 PM PDT by SmithL
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They've been dismissed as the inconsequential, angry, funny-hat-wearing political fringe.

We don't care what the "compromising" GOP RINO establishment thinks of us, we've got the commie 'RATS on the run.

2 posted on 08/28/2011 3:09:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: SmithL

If conservatives were upbeat at two Bay Area gatherings, booze must have been flowing like water.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 3:27:25 PM PDT by bwc2221
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Why would folk of like mind gathering together need flowing booze to be upbeat?

Wish I had been there.


4 posted on 08/28/2011 3:39:21 PM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: SmithL

Ann Coulter, Jim Rogan and Andrew Breitbart all spoke at the YR convention yesterday.


5 posted on 08/28/2011 3:44:50 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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“They’ve been dismissed as the inconsequential, angry, funny-hat-wearing political fringe. But conservatives and Tea Party activists at lively celebrations in the Bay Area say they’re beginning to be recognized as something else as the 2012 elections loom: a mainstream movement.”

“Mainstream”?

In California?

Forgeddaboutit.

Just sayin’...


6 posted on 08/28/2011 3:45:54 PM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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Bravo. Napa has good wine, strong Christians and politically hip locals.


7 posted on 08/28/2011 4:54:49 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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“Why would folk of like mind gathering together need flowing booze to be upbeat?”

You ever been to the Bay Area, home of Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and “Moonbeam” Brown?

8 posted on 08/28/2011 4:59:54 PM PDT by bwc2221
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“Why would folk of like mind gathering together need flowing booze to be upbeat?”

You ever been to the Bay Area, home of Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and “Moonbeam” Brown?

9 posted on 08/28/2011 4:59:54 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: SmithL

bookmark


10 posted on 08/28/2011 6:25:33 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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