If Saturday's rally by teachers (photo) calling for more funding for schools in neighboring Alamance County arguably represents the "anti-Tea Party" - with the same scenes of the iconic "street" rallies for its "causes," just for the "other side" - just how strong can it become? That's the only real question that matters now.
A hint of that issue showed at Saturday's rally itself - in how many, or how few, showed up to participate. While previous Tea Party rallies had routinely turned out 600 even in 100-in-the-shade weather, Saturday's teachers' rally couldn't turn out 150. Attendance was approximately 100-125 at the teachers' rally.
Another limit on the "anti-Tea Party" - if the teachers are indeed it in this state - is also math: the number of public school teachers in this state is dwarfed by the number of middle-class taxpayers now struggling in this economy, and those middle-class taxpayers now generally aren't parents of public-school students with a reason to support more spending of tax money on public schools.
So - while the state affiliate of the National Education Association definitely has the cadre organization statewide in every county, as it long did - it's just outnumbered now, and that's a large part of the reason the Democrats lost control of state government for the first time in over a century. It makes it a big climb back to become as strong as the Tea Party.