We all know the tea party used to go to great lengths to exaggerate the size of crowds at their events. But even so, they were at least capable of drawing something that could legitimately be called a crowd. That no longer seems to be the case. Mike Flynn, a co-founder of Breitbart, ran a "campaign" for disgraced Republican Congressman Aaron Schock's vacated seat, and one of his big events was a "Flags and Fun" rally featuring Jim Hoft in the same Quincy Illinois park that had hosted several large tea party events in the past. This time around, they couldn't even draw 50 people:
What's more, the right-wing blogosphere went all in for Flynn. Breitbart.com, of course, wrote numerous articles attacking his primary opponent LaHood (often, unsurprisingly, without noting the conflict of interest), but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Many (most?) rightwing bloggers billed this as an epic battle between the "grassroots" and the establishment. And guess what? The establishment, aka LaHood, won the primary by over 40% of the vote. It was an absolute landslide. It was almost as if conservative bloggers were trying to prove that they are completely beholden to the whims of the establishment GOP. When they're not being actively propped up by Americans for Prosperity, or Fox News, or the health insurance or coal industries, they really have no ability to make much of a difference in elections, even in deep red districts like Illinois 18.