FreedomWorks Flexes Its Muscle

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Nov. 11 2010 1:45 PM

FreedomWorks Flexes Its Muscle

The most media-savvy of the Tea Party groups start the lame duck session with a training session for "15 to 20" new GOP members of Congress and a campaign to get Republicans behind Jim DeMint's earmark moratorium -- which conventional wisdom was calling doomed at the start of the week. From Dick Armey's letter to members:

Senator Jim DeMint has proposed that all Republican Senators commit to a moratorium on all federal earmarks. The issue is set to be decided early next week, during a special meeting that Senate Republicans have scheduled, but some are already balking at the proposal.

To you and me, last week's elections were a clear message that the culture of bloated federal spending and business-as-usual Washington politics will no longer stand.

Unfortunately, some Republicans in the Senate don't seem to be getting the message…at least not yet.

We need to TAKE ACTION NOW -- if you are represented by a Republican Senator CLICK HERE to use FreedomWorks interactive call center that will directly connect you with your Senator's office. Call them, and find out whether they intend to support Mr. DeMint's conference-wide moratorium on earmarked spending. Then encourage your friends and family to do likewise.

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The Tea Party could really use a win on this or on the debt ceiling vote.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.