Cooch, Tea Party Leaders to Spend Election Night in Arlington

by ARLnow.com October 15, 2010 at 8:31 am 3,334 20 Comments

If the election results go their way, the Tea Party will be partying in Arlington on Nov. 2.

The Clarendon-based Leadership Institute, a sort of conservative political training camp, will host “an election night victory party for 350 conservative and Tea Party activists.”

Those activists are expected to include:

  • Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General
  • Morton Blackwell, President of the Leadership Institute
  • Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center
  • Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, Co-Founders and National Coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots
  • Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
  • Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council

The Leadership Institute is inviting journalists and bloggers to the event, billing it as a “one-stop conservative central” to get reaction to election results from leaders of the conservative movement.

According to a press release, the theme of the party is “Replacing the ruling class with constitutional small government conservatives.”

  • charlie

    “sort-of” conservative? Leadership Institute makes FOX NEWS look like crazy liberals.
    maybe you meant sort-of training camp.

  • Bernie

    If the tea party wins their campaigns, then won’t they be “the ruling class.” Power corrupts all.

  • Ray

    Can we secede to Maryland?

    • Courthouse Resident

      Yeah but then does that mean we all have to become terrible drivers?

  • Let’s Be Free

    So, Cooch will be driving up the I95/395 corridor from PW County into Arlington. Quick, Chris, Babs, Walt, Mary and Jay — can’t you do something to stop the intrusion of heathens into the land of Kumbaya?

  • Modwop

    Wait…isn’t the Leadership Inst. in the building over the Clarendon Grill? Perhaps Cooch will come downstairs for a PBR and a shot and jam with an 80s cover band?

    • Clarendude

      Isn’t Mr. Cuccinelli the guy who tried to change the Seal of Virginia in order to cover up the exposed breast on the figure depicted ?

      Ah, yes here it is

      Anyway, the way the kids dress these day might offend him down at the Grill.

      • NovaBriian

        The question is: what skeletons are in Cooch’s closet?

        • Clarendude

          Fully clothed ones, apparently.

  • Anthony

    Funny how they will party in the People’s Republic of Arlington.

  • Valerie

    That press release, by mentioning the Republican Party, makes Leadership Institute in violation of IRS rules for 501(c)(3) non profit entities.

    • Let’s Be Free

      Please do tell us why announcing an intention to discuss the Republican Party in a post-mortem election review is to “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office” which is the activity that is actually prohibited by law. If your interpretation of the law is correct then it would seem the nonprofit status of every private university or college that has a political science department would be subject to revocation as well because analyzing elections and political parties is what political scientists do.

      • el fat kid

        an election party for Republicans is actually a pretty clear violation of c3 law… if they used the word ‘conservative’ and used non c3 money to fund the party it would be a lot more kosher tho still suspect.

      • Valerie


      • Valerie

        The election will not be over when your party is being held

  • el fat kid

    The Leadership Institute was home to the pervy little wannabe film maker who tried to seduce/molest the CNN anchor.

    In another act of class they were also the ones handing out purple-heart band-aids in 2004 in an effort to make fun of John Kerry’s three purple hearts… i guess when his other combat awards are silver and bronze stars you aren’t left with much to work with.

    These folks are an embarrassment to the conservative movement and themselves.

  • PikeHoo

    I’m proud to have Cooch represent the worst of our great Commonwealth.

  • Jorge


  • MC

    I’m confused: the “leaders” are trying to replace the “rulers.” The current rulers aren’t the leaders, and the new rulers who will replace them will be able to rule instead of lead, I guess.


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