Quotes of the day

posted at 10:55 pm on March 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll…

“The people questioned for the poll who say they have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party is 47%, up four points from December and an increase of 21 points from January 2010. That number is virtually identical to the 48% unfavorable ratings for both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in the same poll.

“‘This is the first time that a CNN poll has shown the Tea Party’s unfavorable ratings as high as those of the two major parties,’ said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. ‘It looks like the rise in the movement’s unfavorable rating has come mostly among people who make less than $50,000.’”

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“As Democrats accuse Republican congressional leaders of being co-opted by the Tea Party in the federal budget negotiations, a new survey shows that half of all conservative voters ardently support the movement.

“The University of Washington poll suggests that the popularity of the Tea Party movement is wider than many political strategists have estimated. And it bolsters perceptions of Democrats and others that Tea Party supporters are as conservative about social and policy issues as they are about the Tea Party’s fiscal principles…

“Among non-Tea Party conservatives, 53 percent said they hope Obama’s policies succeed; 32 percent hope for failure and 15 percent expressed no preference. Sentiments among Tea Party backers were far more hostile: 76 percent of them want Obama’s policies to fail; 18 percent want them to succeed, and only 6 percent declined to say…

“‘The biggest thing that emerges, to me, is this rift among conservatives that they are going to have to confront,’ said University of Washington professor Christopher Parker, who oversaw the survey for the school’s Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality. ‘We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama. But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

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“Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement,

When a similar poll is done about the Coffee Party, then I will give this poll some thought.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM

But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

His policies aren’t patriotic you dimbulb

darwin-t on March 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM

We’re Loud
We’re Proud
And we’re here to stay….. oops!

Rumor of the Tea Party’s demise is greatly exaggerated.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

In the news

A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts for allegedly making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Criminal Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Windels allegedly sent an email threat to State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) March 9. Later that evening, she allegedly sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

The subject line of the second email was: “Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!” In that email, she purportedly wrote, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”

“I hope you have a good time in hell,” she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email in which she purportedly listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by “putting a nice little bullet in your head.”

According to the criminal complaint, Windels told investigators “I sent out emails that I was
disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.”

Asked if she intended to follow through on any of her threats, Windels told the investigators “No,” according to the complaint.

CWforFreedom on March 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that?

Wait…WTF?

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.

But, but…isn’t it “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism?” Or did you quietly scrape that bumper sticker off your Prius one night back in November ’08?

brak on March 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM

“Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement”

Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM

CWforFreedom on March 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Could I get a link for that, there is a certain site I would like to post it at. Danke.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:02 PM

So remember, if PBHO or any other President decides to pull a Chavez/Castro/Jong-Il and go off the deep end, we must all support their policies.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:04 PM

When a similar poll is done about the Coffee Party, then I will give this poll some thought.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 10:59 PM

They took that poll. Over 99% of those polled answered “what?”

MadisonConservative on March 31, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Just to let Reid know, we’re planning a Tea Party demonstration in Hilo 4/15!!!

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM

When referencing the Coffee party, please use the Chock Full of Nuts Party.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Another CNN poll that I’m supposed to take seriously? Ok….

joejm65 on March 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

“This is the first time that a CNN poll has shown the Tea Party’s unfavorable ratings…”

I don’t watch CNN…

… but I find that really hard to believe.

It’s just like the stories earlier that the Republicans in the House had made a deal with the Democrats in the Senate…

… NO SUCH DEAL EXISTED!

The Media did everything they could to paint the TEA Party as racist, extremist, stupid hicks…

… why would you believe anything that they have to say now?

CNN can shove that poll up Harry Reid’s a%s…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

“Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement,

LOL!!! I guess that explains Nov 2010.

Idiots!

katy on March 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Just to let Reid know, we’re planning a Tea Party demonstration in Hilo 4/15!!!

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Now you tell me after I just got home. I was looking for an excuse for staying.

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Ridicule the wacky Left Alinsky style.

Call Schumer and the other Progressives:

RADICALS!!!!!!………..EXTREMISTS!!!!!…..DANGEROUS for America!!

PappyD61 on March 31, 2011 at 11:10 PM

They took that poll. Over 99% of those polled answered “what?”

MadisonConservative on March 31, 2011 at 11:05 PM

LOL.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Nearly all Americans view CNN as not a News worthy show.

Viewership ratings don’t lie.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.

Willful stupidity… since I believe his policies are harmful, of course I want him to fail. And as I recall, more than one liberal came right out and said they wanted us to lose the Iraq war because that would humble us and make us think twice before we got into another war. Wanting Obama to fail at getting legislation through Congress and to fail at using various government departments to ram through restrictions on business that would never pass Congress is a far cry from wishing our troops dead.

Laura Curtis on March 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Now you tell me after I just got home. I was looking for an excuse for staying.

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 11:09 PM

I hope your trip was enjoyable!
You can always come back!
^_^

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

This is your QOTD?

OK Who put the acid in AP’s cornflakes? His whole day has been a bad trip.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM

The closer we get to the IRS filing date, the more taxpaying citizens will become energized. The TEA party is simply simmering for now. Full boil will come as the idiot Left and its complicit media mischaracterize the point of this movement.

Did anyone else notice the civility of these gatherings caught on video? Aren’t they a sharp contrast to the clowns who demonstrated in Madison?

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM

up four points from December and an increase of 21 points from January 2010.

Blood libel is a powerful propaganda weapon.

FloatingRock on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Just to let Reid know, we’re planning a Tea Party demonstration in Hilo 4/15!!!
Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Make up the guest bedroom, I’ll be there about two weeks.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

From the Speaker of the House!!
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Revealed! Democrats’ Playbook for Blocking Spending Cuts Needed to Boost the Economy
Posted by Don Seymour on March 30, 2011
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For those of you following along with the budget negotiations in Washington, here’s a handy look at the playbook Democrats are using to block spending cuts needed to end the uncertainty facing job creators:
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STEP 1: Refuse to pass a bill that cuts spending and funds the government for the rest of this fiscal year.
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This step is right out of 2010 when Democrats didn’t even propose a budget (the reason we’re in this mess to begin with), leaving the government spending binge on auto-pilot. The House took a step toward fixing this nearly 40 days ago when it passed H.R. 1 – but again, to date, the Senate still hasn’t passed a bill of its own. If you think back to elementary school, both houses of Congress have to pass a bill in order for it to become a law. So every time you see Democratic leaders on TV talking about a government shutdown (step 2) or labeling spending cuts as “extreme” (step 3), remember, Senate Democrats haven’t even passed a bill.
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STEP 2: Root for a government shutdown.
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Call it the “Howard Dean Rule.” The former chairman of the DNC and “a de facto head of his party’s left wing“ told National Journal that Democrats should be “quietly rooting” for a government shutdown. Well, they’re listening. Washington Democrats have been ignoring Americans who want spending cuts and cheering for a shutdown for months. Aides to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called a shutdown “more likely than not.” And by failing to actually pass a bill to fund the government through September (step 1), Washington Democrats are the ones making their shutdown all the more likely.
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STEP 3: Paint the spending cuts the American people want as “extreme.” Stanford economist John B. Taylor
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said the funding bill passed by the House has spending cuts that “will increase economic growth and employment,” and “encourage job-producing private sector investment.” But Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Democrats have their marching orders: to label spending cuts needed to boost our economy as “extreme.” “I always use the word extreme,” said Senator Schumer. No word on whether they think a spending-driven $14 trillion debt crisis is too “extreme.” And remember, since they still haven’t passed a long-term funding bill (step 1), it’s hard to know which spending cuts Democrats don’t think are “extreme.”
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In a great op-ed for the Washington Times, Charles Hurt says Democrats are “blaming House Republicans and the ‘extreme’ voters they represent for a crisis” Democrats have been instrumental in creating. Hurt says this “strategy is exactly the opposite of the open and honest manner in which House Speaker John A. Boehner conducted last month’s spending debate in the House.”

The evidence is clear: the Republican-led House has taken action to keep the government running and cut spending. It’s time for the Democrat-led Senate to do its job and pass a bill too.

http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?postid=232080

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Well, I think I remember reading that at the time of our revolution about a third of the people had an unfavorable view of the revolt.

JellyToast on March 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM

OK Who put the acid in AP’s cornflakes? His whole day has been a bad trip.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 31, 2011 at 11:14 PM

the last several days at hotair as been a bad trip.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 11:19 PM

“We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama. But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.”

Only to you, sport. Savvy voters know what Obama envisions for America’s future, and you can bet your a$$ we want him to fail.

And please explain the phrase “pro-birther.” What a dummy you are..

disa on March 31, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Anyone else get the feeling that MB can not sustain the Tea party? Amazing what happens when the leading force of the Tea party movement is sidelined and the second string has to come into the game.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 11:20 PM

“‘The biggest thing that emerges, to me, is this rift among conservatives that they are going to have to confront,’ said University of Washington professor Christopher Parker, who oversaw the survey for the school’s Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality. ‘We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama. But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

I wish they would definite “succeed / fail” a little better.

I’m in the “I hope Obama doesn’t screw things up any worse than he already has / hope the economy starts to turn around” camp. Does that mean I want him to “succeed”? It’s not as if I want Obama’s policies to “fail”. It’s that I think his policies are either so poorly thought out, or just so thoroughly wrong-headed that they’re most likely destined to be disasters on their own anyway. I don’t WANT them to fail, so much as I assume they’re GOING to fail because they’re stupid and wrong to begin with.

Vyce on March 31, 2011 at 11:24 PM

And please explain the phrase “pro-birther.” What a dummy you are..

disa on March 31, 2011 at 11:20 P

The publisher was thinkin’ about choice when he wrote this. He choose poorly.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Publisher = writer. geeze

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

It is patriotic to hope that a president who is working to destroy our country fails. I do.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Make up the guest bedroom, I’ll be there about two weeks.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Great, we can make up signs for the tax protest!

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Despite Tea Party ‘Screaming in GOP Ears,’ Boehner Signals Compromise on Budget Cuts
Posted on March 31, 2011 at 8:18pm
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Harry Reid and the Tea Party(Video)
says its unpopularity continues to grow,
by Radicals!!
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Democratic officials added that some of their proposed reductions would cut $3 billion or so from the Pentagon budget. The House-passed legislation calls for an increase in defense spending, and reserves spending cuts for domestic programs.

Boehner spoke as tea party activists demonstrated within shouting distance of the Capitol and a pair of potential GOP presidential contenders injected themselves into the first big test for the GOP majority elected last fall.

Harry Reid almost sounded sympathetic to John Boehner’s plight. “I‘m sure it’s not easy to negotiate with the tea party screaming in their ears.”
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BachmannOverDrive wieighs in on Reids Scapegoating!(Video)
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Meanwhile, at the Tea Party rally held in Washington DC today, which The Blaze reported on here, Michele Bachmann said that Harry Reid is trying to scapegoat the tea party for the government shutdown. “Harry Reid thinks you’re the problem,” she told the cheering tea party crowd. “I think those cowboy poetry festivals are the problem.” What cowboy poetry festival? You’ll have to click here to find out.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/with-tea-party-screaming-in-gop-ears-boehner-signals-compromise-on-budget-cuts/

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Judging by the pictures I’ve seen, today’s D.C. Tea Party had a pretty good turnout.

Koskids were spreading misinformation, but they are graduates of the Chucky Cheese Schumer school of extremism.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Sounds as if the good professor got what he was looking for…

d1carter on March 31, 2011 at 11:31 PM

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Nice analysis piecing those quotes together.
It cannot be said and broadcasted enough to make these people face the mirror, and see the ugliness they represent.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Yes, Rand Paul is a Paulnut

A dinner that was supposed to be lighthearted and humorous turned a tad serious when freshman Sen. Rand Paul got a bit personal at the expense of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war; a position or two, or maybe three,” Paul said Wednesday at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. “I don’t know. He may have more war positions than he’s had wives.”

The Republican from Kentucky didn’t stop at Gingrich, who has been hinting at running for president. Paul even took a few jabs at GOP-friendly Fox News and their commentaries about the most recent military action in Libya led by President Obama.

“There’s a big debate going on over at Fox News. It’s really messed up, I mean they don’t know what to do,” said Paul, a “tea party” darling and the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). “They just really can’t decide over at Fox News. It’s like, what do they love more, bombing the Middle East or bashing the president? It’s like, I was over there and there was an anchor going — they were pleading, they were pleading — ‘please, please, please, can’t we do both? Can’t we bomb the Middle East and bash the president at the same time? How are we going to make this work?’”

With friends like these, who needs Democrats?

jp on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I hope your trip was enjoyable!
You can always come back!
^_^

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Had a great time but the ride back across the Pacific was a little chilly and windy.

Don’t worry, I’ll be back.

Knucklehead on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

Does this jackass think that most liberals in 2001, with all the bitterness left over from Florida, wanted Bush to succeed?

Mark1971 on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM

When inflation really begins to take off this summer, watch the Tea Party ranks begin to swell.

pearson on March 31, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I’ll bring the giant paper-mache heads.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 11:35 PM

The DIMocrats don’t realize that the Tea Party is driving a steamroller…

Khun Joe on March 31, 2011 at 11:39 PM

With friends like these, who needs Democrats?
jp on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM

you know if foxnews and Newt and the other RINOs haven’t been slaming Palin over the last 5 months I might rise to defend them against Paul’s comments. But at the moment I would only hope he pours it on. I am disgusted at Foxnews and the RINO party. And I could care less when someone like Paul bashes them because they deserve it.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 11:42 PM

“Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement”

Does that mean that more than half do not have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party?

Vince on March 31, 2011 at 11:42 PM

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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Nice analysis piecing those quotes together.
It cannot be said and broadcasted enough to make these people face the mirror, and see the ugliness they represent.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Kini:Found that yesterday,and I noticed AP,already had the
videos up,after I hit the submit button,found this
too about Wisconsion,that is very telling of the Pr
gressive mindset,check this out!!:)
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This isn’t like Obama and Obamacare.
Whippet on March 30, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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You’re right. Here the judge issued a clear coercive order saying “don’t implement the law,” and Republicans are ignoring it (by implementing the law).

crr6 on March 31, 2011 at 2:04 AM

crr6:
Republicans are ignoring it (by implementing the law).
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According to DemocratUnderground,he says something entirely
different,and didn’t want to be EXILED,,or BANISHED,from the
John Edwards other America,her Progressive America!!
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Dane Co. GOP: Apologizes to Judge Sumi
3/30/2011

Unf*ckin believable! These people are nuts!

The Republican Party of Dane County sent out a press release on March 29th criticizing Judge Maryann Sumi for holding up the publication of Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform bill. Upon further reflection we’d like to apologize for not understanding her point of view.

Sure, Governor Walker’s bill is unquestionably constitutional, increases worker’s rights and helps local government balance budgets without having to fire public workers. The Wisconsin state legislature consulted with their non-partisan parliamentarian to make sure that the passage of the bill followed the rules of the Senate and Assembly. But this isn’t about the law, is it?

The Republican Party of Dane County recognizes that Judge Sumi is a leftist living in Dane County. Her friends are leftists living in Dane County. Her son is a left wing activist in Dane County. She goes to cocktail parties held by leftists in Dane County.

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She shops at organic gourmet food shops run by leftists living in Dane County. If she were to enforce the law of Wisconsin and do what was in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, she’d be exiled from her lifestyle. She’d lose her friends!
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The leadership of the Republican Party of Dane County have all made the choice to stand against the Dane County elite. We accept that Left feels righteous vandalizing our homes and keying our cars. It’s only fair. We disagree based upon logic and principle. That is intolerable! We prioritize the Constitution and the well being of the people of Wisconsin over foie gras at cocktail parties. That’s the choice we made.

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We respect Judge Sumi’s decision to live her life with the rich diversity that liberals cherish.
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http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×776857

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 3:10 AM

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 11:45 PM

I don’t get the CNN poll. According the the bare minimum details they interviewed approximately 50 percent Republicans and 50 percent Democrats and got that the Democrats didn’t like the Tea Party.

News would have been keeping your control group to 100 percent Republicans and getting a high disapproval rate. Right?

Marcus on March 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM

I don’t get the CNN poll.

Marcus on March 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM

It’s easy when you make stuff up.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Jumped right to the end so maybe someone said this already

Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll

Seems to me that makes them a legitimate third party. Am I wrong?

bluemarlin on April 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement…

…since as registered Democrats, they must support their Party’s efforts to “spend money until we collapse the nation in bankruptcy and initiate Hell on Earth”.

I know. Some of my relatives are among them. [sigh]

dominigan on April 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM

The gop has once again made a dog’s dinner out of things. It is a shame the only two options we have is marxist and idiots to vote for.

unseen on April 1, 2011 at 12:23 AM

58% R, 28% I, 13% d

Gohawgs on April 1, 2011 at 12:31 AM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that?

Very patriotic. Anyone who wants Obama to succeed, given what he has been doing, and what he is trying to do, and what he is likely to try to do, is very un-patriotic.

It’s really paradoxical.

Anyone who imagines anything paradoxical here is a moron or a psychopath, or both.

Heckle on April 1, 2011 at 12:33 AM

‘It looks like the rise in the movement’s unfavorable rating has come mostly among people who make less than $50,000.’”

These are the people who are going to be hurt the most by the governments uncontrolled spending.

trigon on April 1, 2011 at 12:33 AM

“If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

Pardoxical? Uhm, no. It’s called standing for principles.

SouthernGent on April 1, 2011 at 12:34 AM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that?

Obama failed.

Don’t blame me (or anyone else).

Just look at his economic policy (or lack thereof).

His promise to “pivot to JOBS” (still waiting).

TN Mom on April 1, 2011 at 12:37 AM

But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that?

About as patriotic as the president calling himself a patriot and calling me a racist and bitter clinger and wanting me to fail, by design.

ziggyville on April 1, 2011 at 12:37 AM

BO is flushing the country down a toilet and, should you hope he fails in said flushing, you can’t be patriotic because he’s the president. This UW egghead is full of horse poop. He is using a typical lefty tactic of redefining all the words to suit their purpose–patriotism redefined as supporting their policies.
 
Hey UW egghead! Look up the word. It means “love for one’s country”, NOT “love for one’s president no matter how much damage he does”.

ClanDerson on April 1, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Watch with amazement as the Democrats are effectively tying the Tea Party to the “brutal” budget cuts and hammering it home.

Brilliant, grand theater by the pros on the left side of the aisle.

Meanwhile, a drunken John Boehner staggers home from the Pink Pussycat, weeping under the influence of 5 Chivas Regals.

rickyricardo on April 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Hey UW egghead! Look up the word. It means “love for one’s country”, NOT “love for one’s president no matter how much damage he does”.

ClanDerson on April 1, 2011 at 12:40 AM

My kind of loyalty was to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government only when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

Heckle on April 1, 2011 at 12:50 AM

ClanDerson on April 1, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Aren’t all communist countries built on the cult of personality? America was not and that’s why one can love the country without loving the current occupent of the WH. Leftists just don’t get that b/c they were weaned on communist principles.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on April 1, 2011 at 12:51 AM

From threat from the outside, I have loyalty to my country. From within, I have loyalty to the concepts on which this country was founded. This country was founded on the principle of maintaining the rights of the “I” and the “I’s” personal property rights in the face of government or an overbearing majority. It was not built on groupism, or forcible unity under the government. The government is an entity of brute force, and is incapable of charity or benevolence, only theft and forcible redistribution of wealth (which is utterly un Constitutional), and is the same as bank robbery. Unfortunately the character of the country is changing or has changed to the point of believing the government, not the “I” is responsible for the “I”. I have no loyalty to that concept. I have loyalty to that concept of individual rights and freedom (the concept of the founders) and the people who promote it.

HalJordan on April 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

No paradox. ObaMao’s policies are designed to destroy all that is good about our American Republic. Opposing those policies, and hoping that his presidency fails is patriotism.

Following fascist demagoguery in jack booted exuberant thuggery, leads to disaster and in the death of tens of millions of your citizens. Even if you don’t launch a war against the rest of the world.

Slowburn on April 1, 2011 at 1:22 AM

No matter how dispirited some tea partiers may feel, just make sure you continue to organize and vote. They’ll have a hard time stopping us. The only safe way for the ruling class to kill the tea party is to dispirit you.

Even if the MSM tells you all is lost, no matter how convincing it is, get out there and vote. The only way they can defeat us as a force is to convince us that we can’t possibly win—like we just did this past November.

That’s not to say we’re invincible but the key to everything is not how much money we raise and how many commercials we have, it’s how we vote that counts.

FloatingRock on April 1, 2011 at 1:23 AM

“If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

I guess it all depends on your definition of patriotic; however, that said, whatever you want to call it, if you love your country, you should hope Obama fails.

MeatHeadinCA on April 1, 2011 at 1:26 AM

When a poll makes no sense to you, check the crosstabs – the detailed information about the sample: adults, registered or likely voters, party identification breakdown, demographic breakdowns. If they are widely divergent from what is known about the given categories, you have your answer.

If the details aren’t disclosed, you also have your answer.

Beyond that, a big reason “issue opinion” polls can give such wild variations on the same thing is that so much depends on the wording of the question.

For instance, the question about the Tea Party may have been neutrally phrased, but the constant media attacks may have caused some people who agree with all the TP goals to oppose the “entity” as they see it portrayed (racist, extreme, prone to violence – all false, but all media memes). If the poll had been on the specific issues about spending, debt, limited government, Obamacare, and taxes, the result might appear very differently.

Adjoran on April 1, 2011 at 1:32 AM

But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge

His success is nation’s failure. His failure is nation’s success. Wanting him to fail is the only patriotic thing to do.

antisocial on April 1, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Paradoxical – NPR’s word of the day!

Kini on April 1, 2011 at 1:40 AM

jp on March 31, 2011 at 11:33 PM

And?

No names for Palin? No jokes about Christians? No mocking clingers?

Are you really offended at Paul’s (perhaps accurate) description of Fox News or are you just desperate to smear him?

When Rand Paul starts spending gobs of money in DC, then I’ll be upset.

MeatHeadinCA on April 1, 2011 at 2:05 AM

So.

First we have a(nother!) cnn poll, and then an npr story regarding a UW poll conducted by the Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality!

Naturally, the prof who “oversaw” the survey stated: ‘We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama. . .’

Conclusions from the polls? Tea partiers are racistbirtherextremistkookynutjobslosingmoregroundeverydaynowunpatriotic.

Check. I know I feel demoralized and hopeless after reading these quotes. /

Didn’t feel the need to give either quoted lefty site a click, either.

Opinionator on April 1, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Well it looks like the media has done its job for the Democratic Party once again. It took a grass roots movement of soccer moms and good patriotic Americans who have informed themselves enough to know that government has become tyrannical and over controlling, and made them into a negative stereotype.

The most ridiculous thing here is, that the image that the main stream media has portrayed the Tea Party as, is exactly the thing that the left wing unions and Democratic party follows are and have shown themselves to be in Wisconsin and other places recently.

The main stream media somehow took the ugliness of the left and branded the Tea Party as it. So now, the uninformed, emotionally driven, squishy moderate voter has been turned against the only hope this country has to be turned around.

Anyone here think the GOP would be doing squat (not that they are doing much anyway) if the Tea Party hadnt shook them up in November. The whole situation makes me sick.

If we took our people and went to Texas and ran our government the Tea Party way, those leftest morons would be begging to get in within a decade. Then they would ruin Texas too, all while vilifying the people who created the most free and prosperous place in existence

I blame the 60′s generation. The have infiltrated and destroyed so many once great American institutions. It is these demented hippie left overs that will be the first American generation to leave the country worse than they found her.

Great Job Woodstock!

alecj on April 1, 2011 at 2:39 AM

I blame the 60′s generation. The have infiltrated and destroyed so many once great American institutions. It is these demented hippie left overs that will be the first American generation to leave the country worse than they found her.

Great Job Woodstock!

alecj on April 1, 2011 at 2:39 AM

You can trace most of that to the Vietnam War. Many of those boomers, to escape the draft, stayed in school LONG after they might have normally left and gone to work for the private sector after completing their 2 years of the draft into the armed services.

The Vietnam war was SO unpopular, that most people were looking for their out, so they stayed in school. These are mostly the older half of the baby boomer generation. I am smack dab in the middle of this generation and the draft was over by the time we came of age in my birth year (they just had the lottery and we had already lost the Vietnam war (at least the politicians lost it.

The campuses were the nerve centers for the anti war movement. So I think most boomers who were born between 46 and say 54, were just exposed to a very toxic anti-American environment in college. And they were also anti “capitalist pig” too, so they definitely didn’t want to go get a real job. So we ended up with all of these maggot infested anti war hippies in graduate school that eventually became the supply of the professors for college for the baby boomer spawn.

karenhasfreedom on April 1, 2011 at 3:44 AM

Tea Partiers are the heart and soul of this country.

Stop the freeloading.

BuckeyeSam on April 1, 2011 at 3:49 AM

To continue from above, thank goodness for the Reagan years. I think the kids born in the 80′s are way different than their parents’ generation. We have a great crop of college age conservatives that bravely made their presence known over the past 10 years on the campuses. They have a tendency to lean more libertarian, but as long as they get the fiscal conservative part locked in, we just might get saved by this generation. We baby boomers have to atone for the mess our generation made of this country.

I actually blame Clinton. When lying under oath about received extra marital blow j*bs in the Oval Office became socially acceptable, it is proof positive that the boomers also morally bankrupted this country.

I am glad the tea partiers who have kids understand that we have to fix this mess so their kids don’t have a nightmare of a life as adults.

karenhasfreedom on April 1, 2011 at 3:50 AM

And to continue more (must be all of the herbal tea I am drinking tonite, it has caffeine, haha):

I used to be VERY embarrassed that Clinton was the first president of my generation (I am on back end of the baby boomer age). I despised him even before he got elected when he bald faced lied on the Arsenio Hall show about “inhaling”. I had wanted to be seduced by his slick politicians, but he lost me forever when he lied about inhaling when he smoked his pot. Then the final icing on that cake was the interview he and Hillary had where she looked like a stepford wife and claimed that a vast right wing conspiracy was behind all of the bimbo eruptions. I knew they were trying too hard to hide his wandering ways and so I disliked her even more. Women who stand behind men who cheat just make me crazy, especially when they have the economic means to stand on their own.

Then we get Bush. I only voted for him reluctantly because I lived in CA at the time and didn’t yet have cable. Can you believe that they took forever to get it out there in various neighborhoods? So I got my news from the LA Times and the broadcast news. However, Bush won me over when he got on top of that fire truck after 9/11.

So at least our generation was somewhat redeemed because at least Bush had respect for the office. Sure he disappointed us by allowing that spending to spiral out of control, but I sincerely believe he was focused on keeping us safe after that attack and there must be some scarey stuff out there because even this horrible current president is keeping the bush policies mostly in place in spite of campaigning against almost all of them.

The we get Obama, OMIGOSH, I NEVER thought I would see someone even close to being as bad as Carter in my lifetime. Before the election I told everyone we were going to get Carter 2.0 just based on Obama’s platform. I never dreamed he would be exponentially worse. I knew he had surrounded himself with all of those unsavory people he brought into this administration but I had no idea that George Soros had been spending all of this money ahead of time putting an exoskeleton in place that got all of these so called non profits working together that housed all of these American hating socialists that now occupy Obama’s administration.

The Tea Party is the ONLY thing that can save American from this vise grip that Soros and Obama have put in place that is going to squeeze the life blood out of our country. We HAVE to prevail here.

karenhasfreedom on April 1, 2011 at 4:01 AM

“Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable a brainwashed view of the Tea Party movement

which also explains Obama’s intractable base ratings. Despite the inroads of new media, the repetitious Pravdas keep a damaging level of influence.

When confronted with facts, liberals lie and deny. Invincible ignorance smothers curiosity. Lonely Truth cries for Western Civilization.

Feedie on April 1, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Tea Party getting bashed? Who’d a thunk?

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2011 at 4:09 AM

The Vietnam war was SO unpopular, that most people were looking for their out
karenhasfreedom on April 1, 2011 at 3:44 AM

I’ll always be thankful for being a half generation too young for all the sixties garbage (liked the music, though). Looking back, it was a very complicated time. Leadership’s half-hearted war-making and feckless misuse of the military caused many needless casualties and aided the radical movement to bring the whole country down. Nixon’s troubles had as much to do with his personality and the -(R) after his name.

Feedie on April 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Feedie on April 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM

The sixties were very interesting times. Especially as a child.

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2011 at 4:45 AM

OmahaConservative on April 1, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Yep, and I’m thankful for family and being rooted in a place. My small city escaped the crime and turmoil that engulfed urban strongholds. Hippies and conflict over Vietnam and were givens, but I think the places that held tight to the old values fared better.

I know Nixon was a bad player, but I have an odd sympathy for the man. The hatred and venom from the left makes me laugh. His main crime was thinking to get away with what was SOP for Democrats up to that time.

Feedie on April 1, 2011 at 5:06 AM

We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama

 
Science!

rogerb on April 1, 2011 at 5:38 AM

…said University of Washington professor Christopher Parker, who oversaw the survey for the school’s Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality.
[...]
It’s really paradoxical.

So says a professor who lives in a conveniently self constructed (and largely tax paid for) paradox.

bains on April 1, 2011 at 5:47 AM

Wanting Obama to fail to harm the country is NOT an unpatriotic position to take.

Aitch748 on April 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM

“‘The biggest thing that emerges, to me, is this rift among conservatives that they are going to have to confront,’ said University of Washington professor Christopher Parker, who oversaw the survey for the school’s Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality. ‘We suspected people in the Tea Party are going to be more pro-birther, etc., about Obama. But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

Talk about Alinsky acolyte!

To unpack that a bit…

Yes there is a rift, but it is of Conservatives from the Republican Old Guard. That Old Guard is Progressive and for a Big Government. A government that can tell you what to buy in the way of medical insurance, does not leave the issue of abortions up to the States, and that is spendthrift in everything it does is in no way ‘conservative’ on any venue. Thus that is the ‘rift’ not amongst Conservatives but of Conservatives from Progressives in the Republican Party, and in America in general.

The Tea Party is about fiscal issues. The concepts of ‘thrift’ and ‘living within your means’ and ‘neither a borrower nor lender be’ ARE socially conservative messages at their core, which is why they resonate. You don’t have to ‘reach out’ to birthers because the message of fiscal rectitude and responsibility go beyond politics to the basis of what is a sane way to live, fiscally. We now see Japan that has been spendthrift on public works and public ‘good deeds’ strapped to the point of 2x their GDP and it has no real overhead left in its finance to help its people at all. Ditto Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland… we have seen the results of being a spendthrift towards providing ‘social programs’ and it rots out society no end. The Tea Party appeals to the DIY concept, self-reliance, and the idea that every dollar given to government must be spent wisely and that government must have its books balanced just like we taxpayers must do. If the messages of thrift, honor, self-reliance, and fiscal sanity resonate with you, then it doesn’t matter what else you believe as you have the start of being a good citizen with those ideals in America.

There is a difference between policy and patriotism as the Left pointed out in Iraq: you can be against the policies of a President or your government and still be a patriot. If this bozo is trying to paint disagreements over policy as being unpatriotic, then that can be applied to the entire LEFT in this Nation during Iraq. But being so open and generous I’m sure that the individual didn’t realize how mendacious and duplicitous they sound when saying such things… perhpas the poor thing is just absolutely, stone cold clueless about what patriotism actually IS. Otherwise it is intentional, and that is what I’m betting on as it goes lock, stock and two smoking barrels with the rest of the excretions that are put out by this theoretically carbon-based life form.

ajacksonian on April 1, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Boss says we need a poll to make Tea Party look bad and boost Schumer’s extremist claim.
OK, go to bar on 42Nd street, fake a bunch of numbers,check democracy core old poll,tweak fake numbers,get barkeepers opinion,ask a homey.
Go back to office tell boss you got it,go back to bar on 42Nd street and yuck it up.
CNN commie news net.

Col.John Wm. Reed on April 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Wanting Obama to fail to harm the country is NOT an unpatriotic position to take.

Aitch748 on April 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM
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The wanting is long over. bummah is a FAILURE.
We all want the Nation to be successful,would that bumma shared our goals for our children ,sadly he and his cronies will cause us a lot of work to clean up in 2012.

Col.John Wm. Reed on April 1, 2011 at 7:06 AM

the tea party isn’t a political machine, its your neighbors. the msm is trying to apply all of the old paradigm rules to the tea party. the tea party hasn’t gone away, it is working 9-5. as long as the average citizen has no faith in the powers that be, the tea party lives.

Osis on April 1, 2011 at 7:07 AM

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PappyD61 on April 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM

“Do you want the presidents policies to fail?” Any time i see a rhetorical question like this my head wants to explode. I can hate a policy like obamacare but if it is going to be law want it to work. I would prefer repeal of the law, but i wouldn’t want my o-care to fail. Its not that i hope it fails, i just don’t want it at all.

snoopicus on April 1, 2011 at 7:28 AM

The big rift on th right is going to be between libertarians and social cons and hawks. The social cons and hawks are going to scream bloody murder when the more libertarian types start cutting budgets. It will be a fight between the Bush/McCain types and the likes of the pauls.

snoopicus on April 1, 2011 at 7:33 AM

‘how patriotic is that’…it’s not about him, you tool. It’s about this country and his policies which have put us in an economic, debt, jobs, energy, loss of freedoms and military vice grip, that he and the dems are squeezing as hard as they can. This isn’t a popularity contest at some high school, it’s all our futures at stake.

Kissmygrits on April 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

Bad question. Most of those people who say they want P.BO’s policies to fail believe that the those policies harm the nation. When they say they want them to fail, they mean they want them to fail to be put in place, not that they want them to fail to improve the nation (which they already assume to be the case whether regardless).

Count to 10 on April 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM

the last several days at hotair as been a bad trip.

unseen on March 31, 2011 at 11:19 PM

I’m going to have to agree with that.

Count to 10 on April 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

“If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

This from the same crowd that said they support the troops but not the mission.

Hypocrites.

fossten on April 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM

If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

It’s really paradoxical that a college professor can’t understand if Obama succeeds our nation goes down the toilet.

Herb on April 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

But the gap when it comes to wanting to see his policies fail is huge. If you call yourself a patriot and you want to see the president fail, even if you don’t like him, how patriotic is that? It’s really paradoxical.’”

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Personally I don’t give a rats a** if Barry the person does succeed or fail in anything in life… but as for the politician Obabam.. who thinks a baby is a punishment, would use his young daughter as a talking point prop to express a pro-abortion message to PP so as to get their vote, would foist government control into aspect of my life as possible, is willing to spend this country into oblivion to advance a socialist agenda which I totally disagree with… and the list goes on and on… yes… I WANT THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY TO FAIL.

RalphyBoy on April 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

MB seems to think she owns the Tea Party and can call them to come out anytime to serve as props for her personal political gain. She forgets that they work for a living and it costs them time and money to drop everything to rally by her side. IMO she is doing the cause more harm than good making our numbers look small when they are actually in the millions.

Done That on April 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM