Intent upon remaining relevant in Kentucky politics a group of TEA party folks, estimated to be around 50 in number, greeted the incoming Kentucky legislature in Frankfort yesterday. In a rally organized by David Adams and attended by a number of people from Northern Kentucky, their focus was upon Obamacare.
Adams has been relentless in his efforts to keep the "unaffordable health care act" foremost in the minds of the people and their elected officials. While 50 protesters might not grab a lot of headlines, they do send a pretty clear message to Frankfort that the TEA party wheels can still squeak loudly when necessary.
But the TEA party groups from around the Commonwealth have recently been plagued with the image of having a lurching agenda. While their goal is still announced as fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets they have taken on a number of issues which could potentially sap the strength and resources of its small number of regular activists.
The lack of elections in 2013 means that the group will have to continue to focus on legislation in this short session and local issues of taxes and spending in order to remain active. But they could use this "off year" to rebuild their ranks and develop a more focused leadership in advance of next year's "mega-elections." We shall see.