Who are the Tea Partiers?

posted at 8:48 am on April 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For the past few months, media outlets have described Tea Party followers as racist, reactionary, Birthers, and just about every insult one could find in the dictionary.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper helped popularize a sexual slur as a description for the group that others in the media continue to use: teabaggers.  However, a new poll by the Winston Group of a thousand registered voters returned some surprising results, including the fact that 13% of the Tea Party followers are Democrats:

The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.

The Winston Group conducted three national telephone surveys of 1,000 registered voters between December and February. Of those polled, 17 percent – more than 500 people — said they were “part of the Tea Party movement.” …

The group is united around two issues – the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy. That said 61 percent of Tea Party members believe infrastructure spending creates jobs. Moreover, given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.

Gallup follows with a new poll today showing that the demographics of the movement are more or less a snapshot of the US:

Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That’s the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.

Tea Party supporters are decidedly Republican and conservative in their leanings. Also, compared with average Americans, supporters are slightly more likely to be male and less likely to be lower-income.

In several other respects, however — their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.

Is the Tea Party as racist as the media and leading Democrats have portrayed?  Gallup’s demos of the Tea Party look very close to that of the overall American demos on ethnicity.  Whites make up 79% of the Tea Party and 75% of the population; blacks, 6% of the Tea Party and 11% of the population; and “other” in the Tea Party exactly matches the general population at 15%.

The demographic similarities don’t stop there.  The educational background of Tea Party followers almost exactly matches that of the general population.  Among age demos, the differences between the two are no more than two points for any of the four categories used by Gallup.  The same is true of employment profiles, although ironically Tea Party followers tend slightly more to be employed full-time than not.  Income demographics differ a little more, but not by much.  Low-income earners (less than $30K) make up 19% of the Tea Party, as compared to 25% of the general population, and those making more than $50K are 55% of the Tea Party rather than the 50% of the general population, but that’s not much of a difference.

Last week, we discovered that CNN and MS-NBC continued to bleed viewers while Fox News continues to grow.  That may be a result of politically active Americans getting tired of being insulted by news networks that have sneeringly misrepresented a movement to which they belong or at least sympathize.  (via Andrew Malcolm)

Update: At TMV, Rick Moran says that the Democratic and media narrative on the Tea Party just “jumped the shark.”


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In other words, the Tea Party movement represents America. And when the Dems and the media(I know, I’m being redundant) insult the Tea Party, they insult America. Yet they’re sitting around wondering why their approval numbers and Nielsen ratings are in the toilet.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Cool. Very interesting. Given the polls that show the Tea Party at 48 and Obama at 44, this indicates that the country at large is NOT behind the man elected to the presidency.

ProfessorMiao on April 5, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Thats right Obama, keep insulting them.

tx2654 on April 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM

OT a little:

A Tea Party certainly isn’t made of of 9/11 troofers…as seen in THIS VIDEO made at a Utah gathering.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS! I AM SPARTACUS!

honsy on April 5, 2010 at 8:56 AM

We gave up cable TV years ago and don’t miss it a bit. (The same goes for the newspaper.) Talk radio and sites like Hotair keep me better informed than most of my friends. When they ask me where I get my info, I write them a list of my favorite websites. Hotair is always at the top of the list.

parteagirl on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

OT a little:

A Tea Party certainly isn’t made of of 9/11 troofers…as seen in THIS VIDEO made at a Utah gathering.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Nothing like a Tea Party post to bring out the trolls! LOL.

Key West Reader on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

All of this BS is gonna backfire on the MSM and the Dems. And as sure as Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, there will eleventy gazillion Op Ed.s after the election on how America is racist because the Dems lost Congress and Obama will not be able to complete his agenda because of those racist Republicans.

Johnnyreb on April 5, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Thats right Obama, keep insulting them.

Erm… FAIL

President Obama said Tuesday that the “core” of the Tea Party may always think he’s a foreign-born Socialist, but he hopes to cool the piping hot conservatives over time.

“There’s still going to be a group at their core that question my legitimacy,” Obama told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer of Tea Party followers, adding “there’s some folks who just weren’t sure whether I was born in the United States, whether I was a socialist.”

But Obama emphasized that he does’t want to paint Tea Party activists “in broad brushes” and that he still hopes to win them over – or at least address their concerns.

“I think that there’s a broader circle around that core group of people who are legitimately concerned about the deficit, who are legitimately concerned that the federal government may be taking on too much,” the President told Lauer.

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Nothing like a Tea Party post to bring out the trolls! LOL.

Key West Reader on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

dear gawd…Tell me you don’t think I am a troofer?!?

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Last week, we discovered that CNN and MS-NBC continued to bleed viewers while Fox News continues to grow. That may be a result of politically active Americans getting tired of being insulted by news networks that have sneeringly misrepresented a movement to which they belong or at least sympathize.

..or it could simply be a revulsion to idiots. There’s so many reasons not to watch those, um, people, it’s hard to single one out.

trubble on April 5, 2010 at 9:02 AM

The Winston Group conducted three national telephone surveys of 1,000 registered voters between December and February. Of those polled, 17 percent – more than 500 people — said they were “part of the Tea Party movement.” …

This is a misquote or a misreported percentage: .17 * 1000 = 170, not 500. It’s wrong, as reported by The Hill. 50% of the sample of 1,000 registered voters is 500.
.
Why didn’t they use “likely voters?”

ExpressoBold on April 5, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

And, just like the campaign, he talks from middle and governs from the far left. Quelle suprise!

Incidentally, how can you blame people for thinking he isn’t American when the media contends he was born in Bethlehem?

trubble on April 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Last week, we discovered that CNN and MS-NBC continued to bleed viewers while Fox News continues to grow.

We shall not forget the little fact of who owns these two networks, and have allowed their blatant lies and propaganda to go on unabated…

Time Warner
General Electric

Keemo on April 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

In several other respects, however — their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.

does this mean that dear leader thinks the public at large are a bunch of birthers at the core?
hmmmmmmmmm

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Who are the Tea Partiers
===================================
Americans who are fed up at ever-expansion of the Government
and power grabbing Democrat Loons,who are h*ll-bent at syste
matically dismantling Americas culture,customs,and way
of life!!

Tea Partiers are loyal citizens who value love of Country
over the political gains of there political party,and,who
follow the founding fathers road map of what America is!!

Tea Party Patriot’s want an immediate stop to the
march to socialism as well!!

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM

This could be the best Tea Party sign ever.

Pablo on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM

right on, right on, right on

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Nothing like a Tea Party post to bring out the trolls! LOL.

Key West Reader on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Errm…

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM-

No……

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Big Time Toilet Bug.

BigWyo on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mohandas Gandhi

Tea Partiers are not so small a body any more.

GnuBreed on April 5, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

And you continue the smear by promoting the straw man Obama started.

When you repeat the claim of the TEA partiers following nuts, you are insulting my mother, my wife and my daughter.

Call any of the teabaggers to my face and things could get tense.

cozmo on April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

This Rasmussen survey shows Republicans who they need as a nominee in 2012. Someone with the passion of a tea partier, but with the ability to talk in a calm tone using commonsense examples that helps the voters understand why they should vote for him over Obama.

Mike Pence has done a great job talking to the teaparty crowds and yet he does so using commonsense terminology.

Paul Ryan would be great, yet I do not think I have seen him at a tea party rally.

Michelle Bachmann is great at rallying the tea partiers, yet I do not think she could unite the independents and right leaning democrats to her.

Jim De Mint has been pretty vocal at the tea parties as well.

texasconserv on April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Espresso, was it three polls of 1,000 voters each? If so, the number would be right. It’s not clear from the writeup.

SDN on April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Have always been proud to be an American and I am especailly proud to support the TEA Party movement and local groups like this one I am working with in Guilford County:

C4GC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rznWvtguPZQ

….It is amazing to watch the “adults” act like crybabies yelling “he called me names” in the middle of the playground because they have no coherent or credible validation for the failing policies of Obama, except to shout “nazi” and “racist” in an attempt to drown out legitimate disagreements.

It is not working and every week Americans come to terms more and more that Obama is just your average,slick talking,corrupt politician that puts his pursuit of power and ideology first….what’s best for America….last.

Baxter Greene on April 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Only one thing worries me about the Tea Party movement…

First, let me say more power to the Tea Partiers. If nothing else, they’re bringing and keeping important issues at the forefront, lest people forget. But one has to ask, how big can the organization get before it ceases to be “grassroots” and becomes controlled by a central “committee” if you will?

And then, by a political party…to be used to sway elections later this year.

I would just hate to see the org. become corrupted by a central power. The more these things can stay localized, the better.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Unwilling milch cows.

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Yes, this is all fine and good, but the most important question is…

which closet in the house these racists keep their white hoods and cloaks.

/sarc

catmman on April 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM

It is amusing that someone actually paid for the above polling. All they had to do is actually go to a tea party to understand what it was all about. But of course if you are on the “other” side you still wouldn’t have figured it out. For some reason the opposition has had the patriotic side of their brain scrubbed in the brainwashing process.
One word. CONSTITUTION That’s it!

BetseyRoss on April 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM

The Tea Party pretty much just looks like America, which explains why Obama hates them so much.

Daggett on April 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Nothing like a Tea Party post to bring out the trolls! LOL.

Key West Reader on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Ahhh….yesssss……the smell of desperation in the air coming from liberals who whine and rant about the “rights of free speech” but actually practice it the least.

Baxter Greene on April 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Unwilling milch cows.

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Nope, not offensive at all.

Diane on April 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Tea Partiers are people who believe in upholding the Constitution.

Remember in November:

“A vote for a Democrat is a vote for a Progressive Socialist”. That is going on my next Tea Party sign……

adamsmith on April 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

The Tea Party movement represents the vast majority of Americans and Obama’s frantic, frightened babbling will change nothing. He sees the ire and revulsion in this country and his only retort is to lie and attempt to demonize it . . . it won’t work Obama.

rplat on April 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Only one thing worries me about the Tea Party movement…

First, let me say more power to the Tea Partiers. If nothing else, they’re bringing and keeping important issues at the forefront, lest people forget. But one has to ask, how big can the organization get before it ceases to be “grassroots” and becomes controlled by a central “committee” if you will?

And then, by a political party…to be used to sway elections later this year.

I would just hate to see the org. become corrupted by a central power. The more these things can stay localized, the better.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

There are definitely obstacles ahead for the Tea Party movement. But I think because it has so many chapters across the nation with hundreds, if not thousands, of organizers, it’s unlikely there will ever be one leader of the Tea Party to emerge. Sure, the members will get behind a Presidential candidate in 2012, but they’ll also hold said candidate accountable if he or she were to get elected.

The immediate danger the Tea Party must face is the prospect of the movement turning into a separate third party. So far that hasn’t been an issue(with the lone exception of NY-23 where the local GOP leaders forced the Tea Party’s hand). They’ve even run ads opposing the so-called Tea Party Senate candidate in Nevada which is good to see.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Uh, that is an insult. First of all he still smears the ‘core’ of the movement. And while he does acknowledge that he knows the concerns of the movement (the size of government and federal spending and debt) he insults us by pretending he cares about these things. If he really was serious about addressing these legitimate concerns, as he calls them, he wouldn’t have nationalized 1/6th of the economy and added a new entitlement program on top of other ones that are already going bankrupt.

gwelf on April 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Wow. The election happens a few days before Guy Fawkes day. That movie “V” which was pretty anti-government during the Bush era is suddenly taking on a whole new meaning…Pretty cool…..

adamsmith on April 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

ExpressoBold on April 5, 2010 at 9:03 AM

500/3000=.166666
Not a missquote, a missread.

AlexJ on April 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Unwilling milch cows.

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Nope, not offensive at all.

Diane on April 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Not meant to be. it was in answer to the question posed in the article’s heading.

OldEnglish on April 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I be a Teapartier .. I Am what I Am .. as they say in the movies — Takes One to know One ..

wheels on April 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Tea partiers are just mostly normal Americans

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Erm… FAIL

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM


Uhhhh…no growfins…..
…this is an example of Epic Fail


Rasmussen

Poll: Tea party 48, Obama 44

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s. Among voters not affiliated with either

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s.Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President…

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Mainstream Americans say their views are closer to the Tea Party.

Baxter Greene on April 5, 2010 at 9:34 AM

And then, by a political party…to be used to sway elections later this year.

I would just hate to see the org. become corrupted by a central power. The more these things can stay localized, the better.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

You are right but please know that there are literally thousands of small groups, Conservative Moms, 9-12 people, tea party, End the Fed people. We won’t be taken over by a central anything. I think Freedom Works tried and couldn’t do it and that’s a big org!

Key West Reader on April 5, 2010 at 9:37 AM

There was a time liberals and their media could control the message by trashing the messenger. That is no longer true with the very broad availability of news across the political spectrum. The harder the old school tries to do so now; the worse they look in the eyes of the average, hard working voter. In other words, the liberals have really screwed the pooch on this deal.

joedoe on April 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM
——————–
right on, right on, right on

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

cmsinaz:Me thinks,Team Liberal,has miscalculated in the way
it treated the Tea Party,its more like this,:)

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping Tea Party Giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”.

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I like how Yidwithlid interprets the Winston data: http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/04/43-tea-party-activists-are-dems.html

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The same is true of employment profiles, although ironically Tea Party followers tend slightly more to be employed full-time than not.

Shh! Don’t tell the New York Times!

NoLeftTurn on April 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Would their sympathizers double if voters were more informed or less prejudiced? If not, there’s no governing majority there. Not even close. And they don’t sound stridently conservative to begin with. So is Limbaugh still right that the GOP isn’t conservative enough?

Seth Halpern on April 5, 2010 at 9:43 AM

But Obama emphasized that he does’t want to paint Tea Party activists “in broad brushes” and that he still hopes to win them over – or at least address their concerns.

“I think that there’s a broader circle around that core group of people who are legitimately concerned about the deficit, who are legitimately concerned that the federal government may be taking on too much,” the President told Lauer.

We are also legitimately concerned that our government, (and our President) IS NOT listening to the will of the people. But, when they stand in their own unemployment lines on Novermber 3rd, perhaps “we, the people” will be finally heard. The lamestream media will scratch their collective heads, further marginalized by their own arrogance. Tea Party Patriots will rejoice in turning the tide of a misdirected government and a lame duck president, who refused to listen.

Rovin on April 5, 2010 at 9:45 AM

A “snapshot of the US”? I didn’t see a tea party question on the census form. Maybe there should have been. On second thought, no. We’d just end up on an enemies list that Mr. Hanky says doesn’t exist.

SKYFOX on April 5, 2010 at 9:45 AM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM

indeed!

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 AM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM
——————–
indeed!

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 AM

cmsinaz: I shamelessly ripped off that phrase from
Isoroku Yamamoto,from WW2 attack on Pearl!!:)

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:49 AM

SDN on April 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

AlexJ on April 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

The Winston Group reports that 511 of the respondents (sample) self-identified with Tea Party Movement. 511/.17 = 3005 so the complete sample was 3,000.
.
When The Hill reports

The Winston Group conducted three national telephone surveys of 1,000 registered voters

as opposed to “three national telephone surveys of 1,000 registered voters” EACH it’s a misreport or a misstatement. I did have to got the Winston Group report to clear it up.
.
It wasn’t “a misread.”

ExpressoBold on April 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM

canopfor on April 5, 2010 at 9:49 AM

no worries, it’s perfect for this time as well

:)

cmsinaz on April 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM

We gave up cable TV years ago and don’t miss it a bit.
parteagirl on April 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM

YES YES YES.

You want to hit the left where it hurts? Dump your cable TV. The “package” deal forces you to subsidize the hard left outlets.

Stay with me now: You dump cable, then buy a cheap digital antenna which will give you all the networks and local stations in HIGH DEF. For FREE.

Next: you wire your TV as a monitor to bare bones, fast computer with a good video card; run your audio directly to your receiver if have one, and voila, glorious digital sight and sound. Virtually anything you got before you can get without cable thanks to sites like Hulu. You can get C-SPAN live every morning over a web stream, so you can still listen to the foul-mouthed leftists if you want.

And if you’re afraid you’ll miss TIVO, worry not, my friends: all the shows you used to record are saved either on network sites or on Hulu.

I’d pay a couple bucks a month to get Fox News Channel over the internet, which as I understand it is what Rupert Murdoch is planning to offer. Soon, I hope, because Fox News Channel is the only thing I’d pay for. The rest was a waste of money.

jeff_from_mpls on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Ok everyone this is just too weird for words. That picture on the ladies at the tea party was taken by me!!! I have it posted on my FB. I kept looking at it over the past few days (it has been used before) and wondering why it looked so familiar.

catlady on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Obama has his own demongraphics on the tea party.

forest on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

The tea party as a political party is a journalistic creation. They still don’t get it. There are several tea party groups under different names. All of them grass roots. Newt Gingrich tried to horn in on them last year, but he wasn’t successful. Hopefully he was trying to be helpful, and realized that they would be better off without a political head.

James Carville said he wanted to smear the head of the tea party a couple of weeks ago. Another joke. The tea party is NOT a political party. Good luck, James. You smear regular, everyday Americans. See where that gets you.
The tea party running candidates? Not happening. The tea pary movement is not a political party. Some third party nut job will try and it does get a rise out of the clueless journalistic world and they start polling a non-existent problem warning us not to try it. So much ink being wasted on a non-story.

Is it any wonder that Sean Hannity proclaimed that journalism died back in 2008?

BetseyRoss on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

gwelf on April 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Yes, we all know the guiding principle behind Obama’s idea of consensus: “I won.” He’s not interested in addressing our concerns; he’s interested in making us submit to his will. Hence the ongoing cross-country dog and pony show to sell this POS. Propaganda is all he knows. We will have government-controlled health care and we shall like it!

NoLeftTurn on April 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I. Am. A. Tea Partier

g8trman307 on April 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

catlady DID take this picture!!!

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I would just hate to see the org. become corrupted by a central power. The more these things can stay localized, the better.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Agreed. Organizations get corrupted over time, it’s inevitable. So, we’ll have to come up with another one when that happens.

Suggestions?

fossten on April 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I, too, worry about the corruption of centralization.

I support the Thirty-Thousand concept, as I do not fear representative democracy… we don’t have enough of it and that is allowing power to be centralized in DC. Safe, Constitutional, and going beyond even what the Founders dared as they never had such diverse representation.

Representative democracy is supposed to be: raucous, free-wheeling, loud, have lots of finger pointing, and a number of people casting the Eagle Eye on each other in dread suspicion that someone else will be trying to get goodies they shouldn’t have. And at that level of representation you can, actually, have personal oversight on every agency, directorate and department of the US federal government. Held directly accountable TO a representative who has that as a part of their JOB.

But then I don’t see election to the House as needing to be a sinecured lifetime position for oneself and one’s family. Aristocrats think that. And we got a lot of those in the House these days. If you want smaller government then increase representation to increase personal oversight of members on other members… and deny them of any STAFF as at that level they don’t NEED personal staff. We actually have enough office space for that many Representatives today when you count their office and their staff. And I’m not voting for a chief of staff, but a representative who I can see represents me. And at 1:30k I can hold that goldfish accountable.

ajacksonian on April 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

catlady on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

You should be paid royalties…

ladyingray on April 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM

The media and Lefties are working themselves into a lather to locate a central power behind the TEA parties in order to demonize and marginalize via Alinsky strategies. It is a beautiful thing to frustrate their efforts.

onlineanalyst on April 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM

jeff_from_mpls on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Would you give me a …for Dummies guide when and if I spring for a newer TV? One is from’86 and the other from 2000.

katy the mean old lady on April 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Poll question for conservative (republican) tea-parities:

What percentage of you were until recently independent or liberal?

shick on April 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Yet they’re sitting around wondering why their approval numbers and Nielsen ratings are in the toilet.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 8:52 AM

We have our hand on the lever.

“Flush Them All in the Fall”

Can anybody do a bumper sticker with drawing of a hand on the lever and these words?

Yoop on April 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Life according to the MSM:

99.9% of terrorists are Muslims, don’t you dare assume all Muslims are terrorists.

1% of Tea Party members are nuts, therefore all Tea Party members are nuts.

angryed on April 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Poll question for conservative (republican) tea-parities:

What percentage of you were until recently independent or liberal?

shick on April 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

UGH.

One can be liberal and independent. One can also be conservative and independent.

Party registration and political beliefs are not the same thing.

angryed on April 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I would just hate to see the org. become corrupted by a central power. The more these things can stay localized, the better.

JetBoy on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Here lies the central problem for liberal democrats and the liberal enablers of the media……they have attempted, (in vain), to define and/or put the Tea Party movement in a box. They have failed to create a sole leader, or a definitive organization that they can demoralize or attack with insults. Nothing can be more local than a group of people who are fed up with an overbearing government taxing and spending this nation into financial ruin. And, nothing will be more evident than the mass of grassroots Patriots at the ballot box.

Rovin on April 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM

“I think that there’s a broader circle around that core group of people who are legitimately concerned about the deficit, who are legitimately concerned that the federal government may be taking on too much,” the President told Lauer.

Watch for some pathetic attempt now by the Dems to attract Tea Party members. “We understand your concerns…..”

Wethal on April 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM

This is a different movement than when Perot was running. He was running to get back at Bush, Sr. It was also top down just as any other candidate. The Tea Party does not have a candidate, there are just those that are endorsed by organizers when they claim to have tea party principles. We will find out if they do or not. We’re not stupid, racists or any of the other labels they want to hang on us. We are the American People!

Kissmygrits on April 5, 2010 at 10:17 AM

But was the survey done by a white racist?

right2bright on April 5, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Myself, I’m looking to be insulted a few thousand more times by the Dems and media. I think if they only persist for a few more months in telling me what a racist, homophobe, hater I am I’ll finally catch a clue and change my opinion of myself. After all, who are you going to believe–the Democrats or your lyin’ self-image?

PD Quig on April 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM

American Power tracked-back with, ‘Gallup: Tea Partiers Aren’t Nazis After All!’.

Donald Douglas on April 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM

However, a new poll by the Winston Group of a thousand registered voters returned some surprising results, including the fact that 13% of the Tea Party followers Democrats are Democrats racists:

Fixed it!

TugboatPhil on April 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Several members of my family in Ca. are life long Democrat voters, and are now full fledged Tea Party members. They are not calling themselves Republicans at this point, but they are also not calling themselves Democrats; they’re pissed off like the rest of us.

Me; I spent most of the last year blaming them for their stupidity until I was almost shunned from the family. Once they started to join the TP movement, I backed off.

The Progressives are losing this attack on Americans, and those who remain tied to them will be shunned for years to come.

Keemo on April 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

There are definitely obstacles ahead for the Tea Party movement. But I think because it has so many chapters across the nation with hundreds, if not thousands, of organizers, it’s unlikely there will ever be one leader of the Tea Party to emerge. Sure, the members will get behind a Presidential candidate in 2012, but they’ll also hold said candidate accountable if he or she were to get elected. Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

This is a good time to bring up the Independence Caucus (http://icaucus.ning.com/), a nation-wide organization. In Indiana, they are helping us make distinctions between the declared candidates for Bayh’s Senate seat. Candidates are invited to complete an 80-question survey and sit for an interview which is available online for voters to review. Richard Behney (RichardBehney.com), founder of the Indiana TEA Party, achieved 100% on the interview and has received the ICaucus endorsement. See Richard’s interview here in two parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5MOKg2WUcI and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGnFvS4A7lg. This group learned from Jason Chaffetz, who was elected to Congress after defeating a 6-term incumbent in Utah, despite being outspent 6 to 1! From their website: “We at Independence Caucus are committed to removing compromised incumbents from office and replacing them with good men and women who commit to Fiscal Responsibility through Adherence to Constitutional Authority.” With this kind of support, TEA Partiers can make a HUGE difference right now! Check it out and get involved.

indypat on April 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM

jeff_from_mpls on April 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I have never had cable TV. NEVER. I have a real problem with paying for something I do not want to get what I would want. Would you go to shoe store and buy a pair of shoes you don’t want to get a pair you do?

Anyway, I always used an antenna until the last 5 years. In the last 5 years having an antenna wouldn’t help, too many mountains. When I lived in the twin cities, an antenna worked well, but not where I live now. You don’t need cable or antennas when you have Fancast.com and Hulu.com.

Turn off the TV. Stop going to movies. Turn on the internet.

jbh45 on April 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Conservatives have a great opportunity in November. We will blow it as long as we remain a house divided.

kingsjester on April 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Any way you look at it, the Tea Party’s are “not” going to win elections for the GOP come 11/2/10. The GOP had best come up with some better strategy than simply counting on the voters to support them just because they’re unhappy w/the democrats. DD

Darvin Dowdy on April 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

However, a new poll by the Winston Group of a thousand registered voters returned some surprising results, including the fact that 13% of the Tea Party followers Democrats are Democrats racists:
Fixed it!

TugboatPhil on April 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Nah, it’s much higher than that.

Midas on April 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM

given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.

False choice, there.

Count to 10 on April 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM

8 percent say they are liberal.

Keep an eye on that 8%…

CliffHanger on April 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Sure, the members will get behind a Presidential candidate in 2012, but they’ll also hold said candidate accountable if he or she were to get elected.

Doughboy on April 5, 2010 at 9:28 AM

And I would say that would be true for any candidate.

Mirimichi on April 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Last week, we discovered that CNN and MS-NBC continued to bleed viewers while Fox News continues to grow. That may be a result of politically active Americans getting tired of being insulted by news networks that have sneeringly misrepresented a movement to which they belong or at least sympathize.

Exactly!!! With numbers like these, and the continuation by the media and liberal/progressives attacking….they are attacking people in their own party, and then some. Labeling everyone that disagrees with them, in the hopes of shaming, and killing the movement, by intimidation. All they succeed in doing is adding fuel to the fire of angry people sick and tired of putting up with their crap, and not being heard!!!

capejasmine on April 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I’ve been a Tea Party Organizer from the start. I organized the first Tea Party in the KC at Claire McCaskills office HOT AIR Tea Party Post Feb 2009 We organized 5 TP in 2009 we had every group you can think of 9/12, Ron Paulers, 9/11 truthers, Dem’s, Rep’s, Libertarians, Constitution, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian and several handicapped folks. Literally every walk of life and ideology attended. Racist my ars, I didn’t need a poll to tell me who was there I already knew. All were very well behaved and respectful to one another. We had the fourth largest TP in the nation on 4/15. We took our trash bags to clean up; everyone went to their respective areas to clean up and quickly returned. Why? There was absolutely no trash to pick up everyone had picked up after theirselves. Great bunch of people, salt of the earth.

Why is the media demonizing the Tea Parties and their supporters? Very simple we have been effective and truly are grassroots. We have given people an outlet to voice their frustrations and displeasure with our government and its policies. We will not stop as long as our elected officials are not listening to us.

At the start a few tried to claim leadership of the TP but were quickly rebuked for doing so. There is no centralized leader and most TP organizers that I know have resisted the attempts to centralize leadership.

Blind_Mule on April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Thats right Obama, keep insulting them US.

tx2654 on April 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM

FIFM

barnone on April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Grow Fins on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM

It’s a right step in the right direction, when you can admit your failures. ;)

That being said…Obama also CLAIMS that the UK, and Israel are allies, yet makes every attempt to destroy that. So what he says, and what he does, are vastly different things, and if you took the time to read outside of the mass liberal world of fallacy, you’d realize that already.

As you can see, the numbers are growing in discontentment with this President. Others saw before the election. Others after….but it’s growing. More, and more are seeing. Why don’t you?

capejasmine on April 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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