Arizona has become a Birther State. Not full fledged so far. Only the Arizona House has passed the bill.

Even by the measure of Arizona’s long history of conservatism, the past week has been extraordinary.
In the past six days, the legislature has passed the nation’s strictest anti-illegal immigration bill, a law permitting concealed weapons, and the House has approved a bill requiring a presidential candidate to show his or her birth certificate to appear on the state ballot.
The last bill, which now must pass the Senate, was a clear nod to the birther movement, which claims that President Obama was not born in the US.

But is it just Arizona moving to the right? Nope. Utah seems to be shifting as well.

In a surprising development that sets the stage for a dramatic political showdown, tea party and grass-roots conservatives tell Newsmax they have seized control of Utah’s GOP delegate system, and are now in a position to select which candidates will represent the party in the midterm elections.
“Our feeling is that the majority of the Republican Party delegates are now tea party people,” Brian Halladay, one of the founders of the grass-roots Utah Rising organization, tells Newsmax.
Utah GOP leaders say they can’t be sure, but concede the activists’ assessment may be accurate.

That is definitely encouraging. But there are other folks who are not encouraged. In fact downright dismissive.

McCarthyism? Jim Crow? Segregation? Japanese internment?
Child’s play. ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says the times people are living in now will “dwarf” all those stains on America’s history. And she points to the Tea Party movement — or “bowel movement,” in her words — as a harbinger of the persecution to come.
“They are coming. And they are coming after you,” the embattled head of ACORN said during a talk last month to the Young Democratic Socialists, the youth branch of the Democratic Socialists, the U.S. branch of the Socialist International.
During the address, Lewis praised the group’s members for calling themselves socialists, and warned that undefined forces are plotting their doom.
“Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me. You know that’s no light thing to do — to actually say, I’m a socialist — because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation,” Lewis said.

So let me see here. The Japanese were put in camps by Roosevelt and Democrat President Woodrow Wilson instituted segregation in the Federal Government. Evidently she doesn’t know her history very well and hopes that her audience got an education in government schools as well.
Well history or no history – she is bothered by the Tea Parties because, and I’m sure you will be very surprised to hear this, they are not very socialist friendly.
And how about Colorado?

A Rasmussen survey released Monday paints a strange picture of Tea Party participation in Colorado. According to the report, 33% of likely Colorado voters identify themselves as participants in the Tea Party movement, compared with 24% nationally.

That is enough to swing elections. If enough of the support comes from outside Party mechanisms.
Noted liberal polling organization, Pew, looks at where America is heading and comes to a tentative conclusion.

“By almost every conceivable measure,” reads the latest Pew research poll out this week, “Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days.” Calling it a “perfect storm” of conditions that have brought about a widespread distrust of the federal government, Pew points to the bad economy, bitter partisanship, an unhappy mood among voters, and “epic discontent” with Congress and elected officials.
I didn’t need Pew to tell me that fiscal conservatism is becoming more popular than either political party. When I ask folks I meet what their political outlook is, very few say “Republican” or “Democrat.” Almost everyone now starts by saying they’re a fiscal conservative, then places themselves on the spectrum of social issues from conservative to liberal. I have yet to hear anyone say, “Well, I’m a fiscal liberal …”
That’s because no one outside of the White House and the speaker’s office thinks government spending is the answer–to problems in the healthcare system, to the environment, and to some degree, to the problem of failing schools.

It looks like the socialists of ACORN may very well be the ones being flushed this November. Which would make her recent comments projection and good news for the Tea Party.
Cross Posted at Power and Control