I’m finishing up some gardening articles today for spring issues of magazines, ignoring the wintry skies outside. It makes me miss the huge yard at Hillcrest, and, even more, the made-to-order gardening climate in Portland, Oregon. Gardening there is a matter of cutting back all the exuberant growth, plus some good mentorship from neighbors.
Actually, neighbors are an important part of gardening just about anywhere. Have you ever noticed how some blocks burst with well-kept gardens? Often boasting many of the same flowers?
That’s because a great gardener on the block got the ball started.
Major disagreement with someone in the house (let’s say it was the cat) about whether David Brat, long-shot Republican upsetter of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, was a Tea Partier.
This arose from the New York Times article in which it was revealed that Brat had failed to win any financial backing from Tea Party groups, despite meeting with several of those groups. That led to the Times‘ headline: “A Long Shot So Long, the Tea Party Took a Pass” and to the cat crowing that Rachel Maddow’s reporting last night had been completely bogus, that Brat wasn’t a Tea Party candidate.
The Tea Party is a movement, not a party, except in terms of damn the torpedoes, party on! (Or damn the evidence for climate change, out-of-control gun chaos, evolution, the need for regulations in general, Ayn Rand’s fundamental immoral amorality, or…. but the list goes on far too long.)
Brat is definitely a Tea Party Brat. Party on.