Call It a Tea Party, Serve Beer: On Tax Day, Getting Populist at the Ballpark
The Tax Day Tea Partier's sophomore effort drew the largest crowd QuikTrip Park's ever hosted.
Heading west on I-30 from downtown last night, you'd have passed two stretches of stalled traffic -- the first, along the access road just across the Trinity, made up of the grumbling masses in line for the Dallas Main Post Office, waiting to get their tax returns postmarked on April 15.
"How many of you were out at city hall a year ago?" WBAP radio host Mark Davis, the night's emcee, asked the crowd. "One year ago, this whole Tea Party movement had hope for success. Tonight, we know it's successful."
Souvenirs ranged from the $1,000 dinner at the Fairmont with Sarah Palin to a $2 foam brick "to throw at your TV," the brick-seller told us. Bottled beers were $8.50 and framed copies of the Constitution were 10 percent off for a pair. A beer vendor in the crowd tried to capitalize on the mood: "Give your money to me, not the government," he shouted.
Terri Hall from San Antonio's Texas Toll Party took the stage to address public-private partnerships in toll road building, calling out Governor Rick Perry for supporting the "prolific private toll taxation," that would come from toll road construction at the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Expressway and tolling along the LBJ Freeway.
Carlos Rickman said he'd been at the Dallas Tea Party rally at City Hall a year ago, and "was hoping for a bigger crowd" last night. He brought his three sons out to Grand Prairie, along with flags of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Gonzales "come and take it" cannon.
"At points it felt like a good vibe," he said, but blamed the rain for keeping the mood subdued. "Last year, because it was a new experience and everyone was shocked at what was coming town the pike, there was a real energy." Rickman said.
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