A lot of what you wrote was thrown at the Tea Party in its early stages too. They were mocked as a bunch of idiots in colonial cosplay, spouting slogans like “don’t tread on me” that were unconnected to any policy positions.
That was a completely incorrect analysis, then, and the journalist who reported it ought to be made to sell insurance and not waste people’s time.
The actual Tea Party organization (they did not name themselves that at first) developed as a negative reaction to Bush bailouts during the meltdown; the grassroots did not like the notion of “breaking capitalism to save capitalism”. So, they congealed around a very specific policy position, that being responsible government spending. Very anti-deficit.
The organizers of the Women’s March have a much larger pool of people to draw from, and if they can get a fraction of the demonstrators involved in the political process, they could have an impact.
I don’t see where they have a larger pool to draw from; most women think they are daft, and I say “most” as a logical inference from the 2016 vote. 58% of women voted for Clinton, but no more than 25% of the electorate identifies as “liberal”. Further, voter turnout appears to be coming in at about 58%; it’s a logical inference that the 42% of voters who didn’t care about politics enough to cast a ballot won’t give a squat about a political rally.
Do the math. 136M votes cast, so potentially 136M people give a damn. Half are men. Of what’s left, 42% voted for Trump. Subtract the percentage that don’t identify as leftist. Subtract the rather large number that vote and then ignore politics for the next four years.
When you get to the end of that chain, you’re left with a possible pool of a few million biddies who, when you really think about it….are demanding equal rights which they already have.
And in closing, if you had ever been to a Tea Party rally, they are characterized not by cosplay, but by middle aged, fully mature and reasonable people who have a different view of government than Democrats do, sitting in lawn chairs listening to completely reasonable speakers talk about the benefits of fiscal responsibility and the potential pitfalls if we don’t, who then pick up all their trash, get in their RV’s and go home. If anything, the Tea Party rallies died out because they were boring. :-)
OTOH, we got the unhinged ranting of Madonna and Ashley Judd. Entertaining, but not sane.