New Media Unite, Ignite Anti-Obama Message

Beltway insiders work together with tea party populists
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 5:16 AM CST
New Media Unite, Ignite Anti-Obama Message
In this April 15, 2009, file photo, about 4,000 people gathered on the south steps of the Oklahoma state Capitol as part of a National Tax Day Tea Party to protest excessive government spending.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The bloggers, radio hosts, tea-partiers and Beltway veterans of the new conservative movement are not only getting their message out through Twitter and Facebook—they're also getting their act together. Thanks to new media, conservatives are increasingly energized and coordinated, with Washington "insiders" and populist "outsiders" working together. The planning of events like recent demonstrations against health care reform shows Beltway conservatives playing a major role in the tea-party movement, the Washington Post reports.

Conservatives coordinate their messages and strategies at a series of weekly meetings such as a Wednesday breakfast at a conservative think tank and a "Weyrich lunch." "It really is a vast right-wing conspiracy," conservative blogger Erick Erickson said. What remains unclear is whether the energy on the right will benefit the GOP: The emerging movement "could care less if there's an R in front of your name," one conservative activist said.

(More Tea Party stories.)

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