Think nationally, act locally is the mantra of grassroots organizations--a slogan that was popularized by the Left but is now adopted by Tea Parties are all over the country.
Having experienced great success at the national level, Tea Partiers are turning their attention inward to their local governments and are having an impact at the city level.
Locally, the Thousand Oaks Tea Party claimed a temporary victory when plans for a giant auto mall sign off the 101 Freeway were removed from this Tuesday's City Council agenda at the auto mall dealer's association's behest.
The Tea Party has been campaigning against it and hoped to organize a large demonstration at the meeting. The dealers said they want more community input before moving forward on the project, which is still very much alive.
Although the 35-foot-sign is merely delayed--not dead, as Tea Partiers hoped--it puts wind in their sails for a future battle with the project.