Fresh off a week of stunning Republican primary victories, several thousand exuberant and newly-empowered tea party followers descended on the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday for Right Nation 2010 — a carefully choreographed night of conservative political cheerleading, headlined by radio and TV host Glenn Beck.
“We’ve had enough. We’re going to set things right,” said Beck, arriving to a standing ovation three hours into the event. “The tea party finds itself in the position where it is the beginning of the end of the establishment.”
Seen by some as Republican party crashers, the grass-roots movement threw a pretty extravagant shindig of its own, with an eclectic roster of politicians, fringe entertainers and polarizing media figures.
Among those to appear were conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, former House Republican leader Dick Armey and semi-famous rock star Kevin Chalfant, a Streator native who briefly replaced Steve Perry as Journey’s lead singer…