Wednesday in neighboring Alamance County, the local Tea Party organization held a commemoration of 9/11's terrorist attacks. Organized by local Tea Party organizer Steve Carter - and announced by him via his large email mailing lists - the short noon rally drew about 40-50 people, if very few of the signs that Tea Party "street" rallies are famous for.
Carter introduced the speakers in the half-hour-long rally - who ranged from local politicians to paramedics. Local sheriff Terry Johnson (photo) spoke - as did state Sen. Rick Gunn. A paramedic who spoke told of his own personal experience on 9/11.
Numerous deputy sheriffs attended - both uniformed and otherwise. Others attending included numerous Republican activists from the 2012 presidential campaign.
The commemoration showed that, yes, the Tea Party still is able to turn out substantial numbers for "street" rallies - even on weekdays during work hours.