PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Charlotte, NC Tax Day Tea Party


I couldn’t be there but some of the local news nets were all over it with some pretty fair and balanced coverage. Not much yet on crowd estimates – my guesstimate would be about 500 from the one aerial shot. First, video from WCNC:

Photos here.

Video from WBTV (which, of course, includes a quick shot of someone carrying a rebel flag – sigh):

A quickie video from thepundit1 on Twitter, taken at 3 pm – the start of the rally:

More photos/videos from all over the country can be found here.

Sarah Palin’s Boston Tea Party


Jules Crittenden has a good mini-recap, including a link to photos and video (the full speech video can be viewed here), of Sarah Palin’s visit to Boston yesterday for their Tea Party. Looks like a good time was had by all, and the infiltration appears to have been at a minimum.

One of the emerging stories to come from her time in Boston is her casual remark about a 2012 Mitt/Palin ticket “sounding good”:

Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run – a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama.

“Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at yesterday’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor – giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech.

Last night, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the idea.

I have a lot of respect for Mitt,” she told the Herald.

Asked who would be on top of the ticket, Palin roared, “Ha! I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet.”

Indeed, Palin said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll run in 2012 – with or without Romney.

Romney, a presumptive 2012 Republican presidential contender who recently embarked on a nationwide book tour, has not ruled out an alliance with Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate.

“Mitt Romney respects Sarah Palin and he appreciates the contributions she makes to the party,” said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. “But his immediate focus is on helping Republicans win back the Congress in 2010.”

Hmmm. She was probably just being nice since MA is Romney’s home state, but my response to that possibility should it become a serious one? In a word: No.

Romney, as presdiential-looking as he is, is too much of a flipster extraordinaire in my book, and I believe that Palin is (and will continue to be) able to do more for conservative causes outside of the government than inside of it. Would the ‘death panels’ issue even have become a national discussion had it not been because of her? Not only that, but with the MSM continually paiting Palin as a “polarizing” figure, and with her abrupt resignation from the Alaska Governor’s office last year, I don’t think a majority of the American public would vote for a ticket with her name on it. I’d like to be wrong about that, but I don’t think I am.

Back to the issue of infiltration: Michelle Malkin’s got some good advice and recommendations on what to do today in the event you spot an infiltrator at your local Tea Party rally (info on the Charlotte Tea Party can be found here). If you’re going to be out there today, have fun, stay safe, make your voice heard, and make sure you take lots of pix and video. If you can’t be there, make sure to participate in the “online rally” here.