Tales from the Trail

Tea Party activists urged to borrow page from – ACORN

A Tea Party leadership conference in Dallas on Saturday urged the conservative movement’s activists to adopt old-fashioned, get-out-the-vote tactics, including driving people to the polling booth.

“This is something ACORN has been doing,” said Dallas Tea Party activist Lorie Medina, referring to the left-leaning group that conservative Tea Party types love to hate.

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Medina’s presentation — one of several at the weekend conference — focused on retooling the protest movement into a well-oiled political machine that can deliver the vote in primaries and general elections for candidates that subscribe to its view of limited government, low taxes and “national sovereignty.”

Much of what Medina said mirrored tried-and-true strategies employed by both Republicans and Democrats, including organization by zip code, voter registration drives, neighborhood walks and signing up members for affiliates.

The conference was a sign the movement — it grabbed headlines last year as it channeled conservative opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies into nation-wide protests against bank bail-outs, the drive to overhaul healthcare, and other aspects of the White House agenda — is becoming more focused.

Bertha Lewis: in defense of ACORN in the face of scandal

Bertha Lewis, chief executive officer of ACORN, went to the National Press Club today to “set the record straight” about her scandal-hit community organizing group and accused Republicans of making the liberal organization a “boogeyman” as a way to raise funds. USA/

“This form of modern-day ACORN McCarthyism has got to stop,” she told reporters.

Her first words set the stage.

“I’m Bertha Lewis and some of you may know me as the biggest threat to democracy in America,” she said.