Comparing the Women's March from last week to Tea Party social movement will make progressive heads spin right off their bodies and into orbit.
True, they're polar opposites in their ideology. Among sponsors of the Women's March was the most extreme pro-abortion advocates while the Tea Party, according to the master script promulgated by progressives, has been home to the most extreme, fanatical, right-wing nut jobs.
But as social movements they share much. The Tea Party was grass roots in the truest sense, just as was the Women's March. The Tea Party sprouted from Rick Santelli, the CNBC reporter who reports from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile. He passionately suggested during the house bubble crisis that we Americans might need another Tea Party to emphasize to the Obama administration that we're tired of the policies that unfairly redistribute income. (Here and here.)
Of course, the left didn't consider the Tea Party movement to be a real social movement but an uprising of blockheads who weren't worth listening to. Until, of course, the movement coalesced behind Donald Trump and elected him president to the horror of the coastal elites. The Tea Party moved from the streets to the ballot box to control the White House, Congress and many American statehouses.
The point here is that the Women's March has the potential to become the same kind of successful political movement that the Tea Party enjoyed. If it carries through, as did the Tea Party.
Let this be a lesson for Trump and Republicans who now are reveling in glory. Ignore budding social movements at your own risk.