You can read Baldwin's full essay either HERE or HERE. The pertinent part is cross-posted below:
The Tea Party in Utah flexed its muscle over the weekend and booted longtime establishment Republican senator, Bob Bennett, from office. Hooray! (Now, Arizona, please do America a favor and show John McCain the door!) Unfortunately, Tea Party activists were unsuccessful in Indiana, as longtime establishment Republican, Dan Coats, defeated the principled patriot, John Hostettler. Boo!
Predictably, mainstream Republican spokesmen are lamenting Bennett’s ouster, saying Bennett was a true conservative, touting an 80% ranking in the American Conservative Union (ACU) index. However, the ACU index is completely irrelevant to the true measure of a congressman’s fidelity to constitutional government. The index that people should pay attention to is the Freedom Index (formerly called the Conservative Index) at The New American magazine. This index is far and away more accurate in determining a congressman or senator’s fidelity to limited government. In this index, Bennett’s latest rating was a pathetic 50.
Bennett needed to go; the good people of Utah did America a great favor by showing him the door. I trust and pray that this is an indication of how the November elections will fare. I would have been extremely optimistic that this might be the case, except for the miserable election results recorded in Indiana. Dan Coats is merely another establishment neocon in the similitude of Bob Bennett.
Freedom Index ratings for current members of Congress are available HERE. Utah's Congressional delegation grades out thusly:
-- Sen. Orrin Hatch: 70 percent
-- Sen. Bob Bennett: 50 percent
-- Rep. Rob Bishop: 100 percent
-- Rep. Jim Matheson: 70 percent (highest rating of all Congressional Democrats)
-- Rep. Jason Chaffetz: 100 percent
Chuck Baldwin suggests that the biggest dangers for the Tea Party movement this year are if Tea Party activists do not truly understand the issues of limited government, or if they are fooled by establishment politicians, or if they fail to materialize at the polls on election day. What could happen is that one Big Government neocon will be replaced with another Big Government neocon. Baldwin also states that Newt Gingrich is the biggest wolf in sheep's clothing, proving it 1995 when he (almost single-handedly) destroyed the Conservative Revolution of 1994. He will do the same to the Tea Party movement in 2010, if he is given the opportunity.