Rasmussen: 46% think tea party will hurt GOP this election, 26% think it’ll help

posted at 10:01 pm on January 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

A fitting complement to last night’s funereal New Hampshire results. This is from a poll of (1,000) likely voters too, not just adults, so if you find yourself wondering later this year why you’re not hearing candidates tout the tea-party brand as much, here’s why:

More voters than ever dislike the Tea Party, and a sizable number thinks the grass roots movement will hurt Republicans in this year’s elections. But most GOP voters don’t agree and see the Tea Party as good for them in November.

Among those who describe themselves as neither Democrats nor Republicans, i.e. independents, the spread is 17/49. I wish I could show you all the crosstabs but Ras puts those behind a reg wall, so I’ll give you one key snippet. The question asked was whether the impact of the tea party on the budget debate made things better or worse for the country. The choices, in order from top to bottom, were “better,” “worse,” “no impact,” “not sure.” Behold:

Note the “other” column. What Rasmussen means by “budget debate” is debatable, but I assume most people understood it to be a reference to the debt-ceiling standoff this summer. An NYT poll taken right after that ended in early August showed a spike among people who said the tea party has too much influence over the GOP, from 27 percent in April to 43 percent. The idea that Republican freshmen were gung ho to let Treasury hit the ceiling was always overstated — the final deal passed comfortably — but the ones who insisted on brinksmanship evidently made an impression. In fact, according to Ras, not only is the TP’s favorable rating now at 31/47 (26/48 among independents), but just 13 percent say they consider themselves part of the movement. In polls of adults, that number typically runs in the mid-20s to low 30s. Either the movement’s shrunk considerably or there’s an alarming gap in tea-party support between Americans generally and likely voters. I can’t imagine why that would be — you’d think politically conscious TPers would be overrepresented among likely voters, not underrepresented — but it is what it is. No wonder Romney’s cruising.


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I never liked fava beans…………….

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM

God made them…God loves them….
………you must be one of those “Godless Messiah’s.”

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

That’s a nice majority in the you have in the House there.
Would be a shame if anything happened to it…

-Tea Party

Everlasting_Knowitall on January 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Well it’s getting late. Sweet dreams, everyone. And thank you, AP for the thread. But don’t you worry about us Tea Partiers. We’re still here, and we will, once again, make the difference this Fall (routinely misleading political polls notwithstanding).

minnesoter on January 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Thanks for this.

Since my family belongs to the Tea Party, we will make sure not to get near to any polling precinct on November. Ye know, We me her’ GOP’s shayn’ses.

bwhahahaahah!

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

God made them…God loves them….
………you must be one of those “Godless Messiah’s.”

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

ROTFL!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Because Barry and his handlers have a billion-dollar smear campaign waiting in the wings that will make the present primary look like a summer-league softball tourney.

minnesoter on January 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM

…..and a press that is not even trying to hide it’s pom pom waving support for Obama the magnificent.

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Barack Obama would like to thank you for your help in getting him reelected.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM

dmann on January 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM

So people hate a way of life. See this is why Conservatism is hard to sell. We offer less not more. Who knew people would hate a frugal philosophy. A way of self management of affairs and responsibility. I guess when the founders came up with that whole self governance thing they had no idea folks would hate on it so much. Who knew?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM

That’s a nice majority in the you have in the House there.
oof

Everlasting_Knowitall on January 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

if only I had the stones!

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

1. The TEA party is unabashed conservatism and capitalism, thus Newt and Perry’s people must hate them.

2. We can’t run a strong TEA party candidate because the country is hurting, and we need to lie about conservatism to get the moderates and independents.

3. The NotRomneys then try to go further to the left than Romney, who clearly must be the TEA party favorite with his strong embrace of capitalism.

antisense on January 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Prove to me that conservatism is exactly the same as Romney’s version of capitalism? Idjit!

Conservatism points to free market! Not monopolistic and crony capitalism.

With Romney’s capitalism, YOU WILL HAVE A SUPER CORPORATION CONTROLLING EVERYTHING, NO DIFFERENCE WITH A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING YOUR LIVES, IDJIT!

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Who knew?

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Who cares…..F’m! (horse and water ya know)

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

if only I had the stones!

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

….if only.

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Rasmussen: 46% think tea party will hurt GOP this election, 26% think it’ll help

Push Poll: 100% of Republican Establishment desperately trying to be accepted by the Dems/Media.

Everlasting_Knowitall on January 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

The press and activist judges own this country, lock, stock, and barrel.

WWF tag teams got nothing on what these two do to the greatest nation to have ever existed.

Like rats to a corn silo they engorge themselves on our freedoms to satisfy their greed for power.

Speakup on January 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Blame Romney, not the Tea Party.

M_J_S on January 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

The stage is now being set to blame the Tea Party if Romney loses this election (and to otherwise ignore further conservative advocacy/agitation should Romney win). Watch out, folks.

Doomberg on January 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

if only……

we become the crucible, the vessel of change, change that is tangable, change that is selfless, change that does not need hope……..
if only we are honest.

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

God Will Judge Us the Way We Judge Others (7:1-2)

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

“More voters than ever dislike the Tea Party, and a sizable number thinks the grass roots movement will hurt Republicans in this year’s elections.”

That because this crap is spoon feed to the masses on the MSM (NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN,PBS,MSNBC) newspapers etc… so this whole poll should be discounted.

Next thing you will hear will be about the 57 states was have…

Can we fit 7 more stars on the flag?? /sarc

mr_west on January 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM

judgement……the ability to let go, the need to matter……dichotomy, so is our reality.

dmann on January 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM

The Tea Party is a grassroots movement, and therefore doesn’t have a huge PR machine to dispel all the lies that the DNC spreads about it. And the Repubs don’t stand up for the movement either. They just sit back and assume they’ll get their votes. I wish there was some way the TP could organize just enough to at least defend itself against the progressive propaganda machine.

noworldcitizen on January 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

So people hate a way of life. See this is why Conservatism is hard to sell. We offer less not more.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Maybe it’s the way you worded it, but I would disagree. Conservatism offers a heck of a lot more than nanny-state Socialism.

It’s the idea of “enough” vs. “whatever you want and are willing to work for”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

It’s hurts them sure. But it put fiscal policy in the spotlight it deserves.

lexhamfox on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

The tea party has no leader to focus the politics of personal destruction on, this is only a primary, the real campaigns for the other offices will not be hitting their stride till the 4th of July for state and federal offices, there is not likely any republican at that time going to be willing to thumb his nose at tea party endorsement after the last election. The republican establishment is stone stupid and will still support rinos because they never learn. We will be going for a majority with in the party as well control of both houses. with enough seats in the senate even if obama wins he will immediately face impeachment for first term high crimes and misdemeanors. Just because we are not protesting does not mean we will not express our support when it counts. As Hank Williams Jr. sings, “you can keep the change”. We intend to take over the republican party because third parties fail.

dunce on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 AM

The Tea Party succeeded as an idea and floundered as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck appropriated the Tea Party brand for personal gain.

Michele Bachmann income:
2008: $418,000
2009: $908,000
2010: $1,800,000

Glenn Beck income:
2008: $23,000,000
2009: $32,000,000

Sarah Palin income:
2007: $230,000
2008: NA
2009: $12,000,000

Ala Pundit on January 12, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Took back the House by a wide margin, took several hundred local State seats but the Tea Party is somehow a threat? Please.

Just because the voters of Nevada for example were STUPID, yes, STUPID enough to keep Harry Reid is hardly the fault of the Tea Party.

Yakko77 on January 12, 2012 at 3:36 AM

The Tea Party succeeded as an idea and floundered as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck appropriated the Tea Party brand for personal gain.

Michele Bachmann income:
2008: $418,000
2009: $908,000
2010: $1,800,000

Glenn Beck income:
2008: $23,000,000
2009: $32,000,000

Sarah Palin income:
2007: $230,000
2008: NA
2009: $12,000,000

Ala Pundit on January 12, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Your malice eyes may be fair to Bachmann. Bu definitely, but it’s an idiocy when it comes to Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, who are private citizens.

Neverthelss, your malicious attack reflects your name!

Here’s your idjicy: Beck and Palin are actually members of the labor force. But Mittens is a member of corporate club of WS.

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Well, I gotta say, John Bolton’s full endorsement of Romney tonight on Greta goes a long way towards giving me some comfort level with him as POTUS – Especially if/when The ‘Stache is in a prominent and powerful position in a Romney administration. I’d actually be relieved (resigned?) at this point to be able to put the POTUS candidate issue to rest, and focus my energy on helping Tea Party candidates down ticket for the rest of this cycle. Turn Romney loose to run his nasty campaign tactics on Obama, instead of flogging dead horses for the next 6 months. He’s evidently pretty good at that.

The Tea Party we have in Congress and in the state legislatures is still at the AAA farm team level at this point. I wish it weren’t so, but we are not going to get a Rubio or West electable as Potus for another election cycle or two. Now’s the time to elect Tea Party candidates across the country at all lower levels of gov’t. We need to make 2010 look like a practice swing, and knock 2012 out of the park with a massive infusion of TP blood – these are the legislators who will be sending Romney conservative legislation to sign, and repeal legislation for undoing as much Obama damage as possible, starting of course with Obamacare.

Harbingeing on January 12, 2012 at 4:18 AM

John Bolton supports Mitt Romney. Live on Greta.

Philly on January 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

All this poll shows is that the GOP cannot be counted on to follow through the core principle of the Tea Party – reduce spending by any means. Excessive taxation (federal/state income taxes, gas tax, phone tax, tolls, sales tax, property tax, utility tax, hidden taxes on goods delivered that are passed from companies to the consumer) kills liberty. Saddling the populace with debt kills liberty. This poll shows the GOP cannot be counted on to deliver us from the excesses of an unbridled federal government.

noeastern on January 12, 2012 at 5:44 AM

John Bolton supports Mitt Romney. Live on Greta.

Philly on January 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

And, now joins a long list of “conservatives” who are dead to me.

noeastern on January 12, 2012 at 5:45 AM

The public flogging of the Tea Party by the media along with the lukewarm support of some beltway Republicans evidences their power to marginalize the movement with great success. The fact that the Tea Party is truly grassroots shook up a lot of people because they could not have the great unwashed masses informed and effective. Unfortunately for the naysayers, a sleeping giant has been awakened and that is why this primary is such a mess. The people are wanting common sense conservative answers to the country’s problems and they don’t see it in the candidates. They are looking for someone they can trust who voices their concerns. Because the people do not trust these candidates they are hopping from one candidate to another. What could have been a fairly easy win against the Marxist in chief is now worrisome. Seems we are being forced to settle for the establishment candidate again which is exactly why there is so much animosity toward certain candidates. The fact that the Tea Party could have been a real force in this election is why you have seen one conservative candidate after another trashed by the powers that be. Whether we want to believe it or not there really is a class system in this country and the ruling class has no intention of letting the peons have a seat at the table.

JannyMc on January 12, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Harbingeing at 4:18 a.m.

What you said.

Pray for the Worcester County (MD) Tea Party – our first public meeting is tomorrow evening.

Turn MD Red on January 12, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Ala Pundit on January 12, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Glenn Beck is spending himself into oblivion creating an internet tv network with studios larger than any three of the MFM news organizations COMBINED. He is keeping it running based on those willing to pay to watch it and he is accountable to those subscribers. He has also made it plain that he plans on dying broke having given his money away.

He is doing an excellent job of that and yet he keeps making more than he spends, and so far that is his entire income plus a large chunk of his savings based on the proposition that people not only want a positive message that you are important in the formulation of this Nation and that you are a positive agent to get it back on track.

I’m not seeing any of the politicians doing that sort of stuff.

And the ‘smart money’ in media sector doesn’t have anyone trying to do that on this scale, although there are some very interesting start-ups based on the internet tv concept… and just like GBTV they are all niche players and producers of content. For good or ill Glenn Beck is putting his money, his savings, his heart and his time into doing this. You may not like the man, but do recognize that he isn’t out to MAKE MONEY but to DIE BROKE. At this rate he will have a tough time doing so… strange how that works out, isn’t it?

ajacksonian on January 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM

……….and when you ask 80% of Americans what “Progressive” is they would say its an auto insurance company.

…………this kind of lazy citizenry is why we have this mess now. Most Americans are more worried about getting to their latest kids activity and getting fresh fries in drive thru than are worried about our debt rating or “crony capitalism”.

We see these Americans on the highways pulling out of Drive thru all the time. Cell phones talking to the coach in one hand and steering and passing fries back to the kids with the other hand. THEY don’t have the time to be involved. They get their news in 30 second sound bytes from Associated Press or via Doug Limerick of ABC News.

A recipe for a failing Republic.

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Well, I suppose those fools over at MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN are clapping themselves on the back and laughing at how easily duped the American people are. They managed to lie enough about the Tea Party to make those foolish “others” believe that the Tea Party is racists, far right lunatics when nothing could be further from the truth. As I see it, even LIBERALS should be members of the Tea Party. What is wrong with the premise that the government should be responsible with our money and that taxes shouldn’t go up until the government can demonstrate that responsibility?

Morons.

eyesights on January 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM

These same people thought the tea party hurt Republicans in the 2010 election. We will hurt Republicans similarly in 2012.

BBReggie on January 12, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Well, look at what we have to show for the Tea Party election of 2010; nothing. Obama is still doing whatever he wants with impunity. The Congress delivered by that, Tea Party influenced, landslide has not done a single damn thing that they said they would. People are fed up that nobody keeps their word any more.

Levinite on January 12, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Honestly, as a TEA partier myself, I’m actually reather surprised that this poll isn’t even WORSE for the TEA Party than it is.

Think about it: Ever since the TEA Party began we’ve had nothing but wall to wall negative press reporting on every news outlet save ONE (Fox News). While Fox is absolutely the market leader, many people get their news from multiple sources. Those not directly affiliated with the TEA Party or otherwise involved in grassroots efforts can be forgiven for having a negative opinion of them, even if they would otherwise agree with everything the TEA party stands for. They’ve heard nothing but how the TEA Party is just a bunch of Racist, Bigoted, Homophobe, Nativist monsters for almost THREE YEARS!

The very fact that ONLY 46% have a negative opinion of the TEA Party just shows how ineffectual the MSM has become in their public brainwashing efforts.

Oh, and for those of you saying the TEA Party “cost of the Senate in 2010″. That’s hogwash. We didn’t have a chance at those seats. At most we could have won ONE more, and that wouldn’t have made a difference. Especially if we voted in someone who would vote with the Democrats most of the time.

So stop your bellyaching. Pragmatism is all well and good, but it isn’t pragmatism to elect people who don’t stand for ANY of your core values and only wear the “R” as a sheepskin disguise so they can gain access to the levers of power.

In the meantime, I think the TEA Party needs to fire back up this spring and stage MANY more rallies. No more sitting on the sidelines, complacency kills.

wearyman on January 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

The GOP establishment treats the Tea Party like it treats so-called “far-right” conservatives…pays them lip service, gives ‘em few committee bones that won’t rock the ship…but in the end they are taken for granted because the PTB’s figure “where they gonna go?”…Well, keep bad-mouthing the Tea Party and their ideals, keep breaking promises and torpedoing their candidates and you will find out where they will go…and the GOP will be a democrat-lite minority party forever…and the Obama’s of the world will reign supreme. The PTB’s keep saying it will be the Tea Party’s fault if they don’t support “whomever the GOP nominee is” (code words for Ruling Class losers like Romney, Big Government operators like gNewt and untrustworthy turncoat morons like Huntsman)it will be their fault Obama is re-elected and for the GOP folding. No dipsticks, it will be because we refuse to be taken for granted any longer and refuse to play by your loser rules!

insidiator on January 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

THE TEA PARTY IS DEAD.

The gop establishment has triumphed.

PappyD61 on January 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Yeah, but it’ll be back after Obama’s re-elected. With a vengeance.

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Amazing! Morons blame the tea party for the loss of the Senate!

We really do come by the Party of Stupid label the honest way.

Republicans didn’t have the Senate to begin with. Forgotten seems to be the 60-odd house and 6 senate seats gained BECAUSE OF the Tea Party.

SAMinVA on January 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Since the Tea Party’s goal was to take over the Republican Party with conservatives that stick to their principles, then this poll reveals the true idealogy of the Republican Party, and it’s not conservative. Jim Demint knows this which is why he is concerned that the Senate will not turn if the anti-Romney Tea Partiers don’t show up at the polls to vote for the Presidential candidate. Tea Partiers are not thin skinned, they’ve been called every negative name in the book, this won’t phase them either. Don’t forget that it was the Tea Party vote that gave the Republicans majority in the House. At some point, the truth is going to matter.

lea on January 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I can’t imagine why America wouldn’t support the Tea Party. I mean, who doesn’t like a bunch of senior citizens who collect Social Security and Medicare whine that they pay too much taxes.

KeninCT on January 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I think the Tea Party will definitely help the GOP. I was one of those that “sat out” the last Presidential election because I could not support McCain. Obama’s win and Presidency has shown the country what liberalism really means. The Tea Partiers won’t sit this one out. Who do you think they will vote for, Obama? I have my favorites, but whoever has the nomination gets my vote.

NotEasilyFooled on January 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Thank God for the Tea Party! It’s a breath of fresh air for the GOP – granted not all Tea Partiers are republicans, but it’s very telling how the GOP good old boy establishment hates the threat of this conservative movement. How else to explain their constant disdain and throwing under the bus any conservative candidate that’s popular with the Tea Party. Call me crazy, but I can count on one hand the conservative Presidents we’ve had in the past 100 years and they’ve been great. But instead we’ve been getting “moderates” pushed down our throats for so long that most have been brain washed into thinking that’s the only way. And it hasn’t worked well in the past and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Well, the people are pushing back and the democrats as well as the republican establishment don’t like it one bit. Too bad, how sad.

mozalf on January 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Amazing! Morons blame the tea party for the loss of the Senate!
We really do come by the Party of Stupid label the honest way.
Republicans didn’t have the Senate to begin with. Forgotten seems to be the 60-odd house and 6 senate seats gained BECAUSE OF the Tea Party.
SAMinVA on January 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Well said and should be repeated. Had the GOP backed McConnell and Angle, they would have won. Instead, the GOP wanted to teach us a lesson. Lesson learned? We need to work harder for the Tea Party.

NotEasilyFooled on January 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Here is what this survey also tells us: The Tea Party is widely understood to be very supportive of much more rigorous fiscal discipline…that is their PR…good in my view

But what this tells us is that the current leading candidate is also best known for being a hard line financial guy (even if not true), that may give him some Tea Party support, but the 46% tells us that there are a whole lot of voters out there that are afraid of losing some of their share of the government largess, and these are not all poor folks.

This is more proof that Romney is unelectable

georgealbert on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The majority of American’s don’t want what the tea party is peddling. They want someone to tell them it’s going to be alright, and the GOP, under the tea party influence, let just a bit too much reality and desperation seep through. So the tea party is done, for the moment, but once people come to terms with the real state of the world then it will be back.

DFCtomm on January 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

This is more proof that Romney is unelectable

georgealbert on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Mitt Romney is not unelectable.

He’s just not the best choice.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The first thing an intelligent individual should ask about a poll result: What was exact wording in the question? If you know this, then you know if it is a ‘worthy poll’ (oxymoron – I know). 2nd: What group was ‘targeted’ for the question? Important to determine the bias in the poll. If there is bias in a poll, then it becomes a ‘push poll’. If the TEA Party groups were so despised, then why even ask the question. I went to their site and I couldn’t find the exact question. Maybe you have to register to see it. If the TEA Party was dead, then why are there so many more organizations with the same values but with different names. In Texas for every one group named TEA Party XXXX there are at least 5 more organizations with like-minded agendas that have completely different names.

uber-con on January 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Either the movement’s shrunk considerably or there’s an alarming gap in tea-party support between Americans generally and likely voters. I can’t imagine why that would be — you’d think politically conscious TPers would be overrepresented among likely voters, not underrepresented — but it is what it is.

Two things which has caused a lot of right-leaning independents / moderates, like me, to turn on the Tea Party:

1. Their lack of pragmatism and the perception that some of them were just playing games. Note your remarks on the “brinkmanship” of some Tea Party freshman.

and

2. The ever-growing influence of the so-cons / “evangelicals” over the Tea Party. When the TP started, it really was focused on more libertarian goals. That quickly went out the window for Jim DeMint’s “true conservative” BS, in which if one happens to be more progressive on issues like, for example, gay marriage, you’re castigated as someone as bad as any diehard quasi-communist leftie.

Vyce on January 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Propaganda works, and Alinsky was right. That’s the lesson here.

The lefties froze the Tea Party in the public mind, smeared it endlessly for months, blamed everything they could think of on the Tea Party, and the deed was done.

Importantly though, the public agrees in large numbers with the proposition that deficits are too large and must be curtailed, the massive public debt endangers our country, and Congress must respond to our concerns. Who cares about the media smear, if we win the contest of ideas then we can rehabilitate the Tea Party in the public eye as we also enjoy the fruits of smaller government.

MTF on January 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

It does seem that Certain groups of Tea Partiers try to speak for the whole Tea Party. If I was phoned with that poll question, I think I would wonder if the Tea Party is working against My candidate. We just had Kelly Ayotte and Nikki Haley supporting Mitt Romney up here, and many of us who like Tea Party ideas think that Mitt Romney has the kind of background to grab the reins of government and give it a hard shake.

But I got an email from a Tea Party group saying that Mitt Romney is killing the tea party. That kind of rhetoric is not welcome, so I would agree with the Rassmussen poll here, YUP some Tea Party Ers will make a fuss and might ruin the election, if they don’t get their way? Prove me wrong, act like rational adults.

Fleuries on January 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

And I want to agree with Vyce above.

There is no room for denominational religion in the platform of the tea party. Amen.

Fleuries on January 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

….if only.

Baxter Greene on January 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM

The word, “stones” proves that He wasn’t referring to our coterie of Republican Congressional Eunuchs. (sigh)

* With the notable exception of CA Rep. Darrell Issa.

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The only reason for this is because there’s not a Tea Party party.

As soon as that political organization is born (due to whatever the actual politically cataclysmic “formation event” is), it will become the second largest of the three parties, and the largest within an election cycle.

The GOP is rushing towards its Whig Moment, but they’re not quite there, yet. We haven’t …quite …given them their last chance to get it right.

…but we haven’t lost our “pissed off”, and we’re watching.

davisbr on January 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I don’t get it. What I think people are put off by is the narrative of the Tea Party put forth by the media and the commentariat. The rise of the Tea Party is the most authentic and remarkable sentiment based movement in modern history, imho. Because it was so sudden and sweeping many have tried to Alinskyize it for lack of a better term. Quite frankly it is despised by the elites of both major political parties because it is Joe and Jane six pack, refusing to do what they’re told and be obedient drones. We’re supposed to let the smarty pants set do all the political heavy lifting for us because we don’t know how things get done in D.C. and tend to let silly things like values and principles get in the way of “compromise” and “consensus”. I am a Tea Party supporter in that I believe they represent what has been missing for far too long from the political process in America, We the People! If people think Sharon Angle and COD were such terrible picks, tell me the so called “Establishment” picked better with Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords, Arlen Specter and Dede Scozzafava?

Pqlyur1 on January 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The truth is, the anti-Conservative propaganda campaign has been working. The Socialists have had decades to perfect their methods and we are just learning. I witnessed the birth of the plan in DC during the anti-healthcare legislation. Jesse Jackson was apparently called to help and he stood in front of the Tea Party group and taunted us by waving and smiling to get us to boo him. He then went into the building and later a group of black congressmen emerged and walked through the crowd, obviously getting booed as Jesse Jackson had previously. They then began using this to characterize the Tea Party as racist. It was an obvious setup. The rest of Congress used the underground tunnels to get to their offices, which made this setup so obvious.

henryknox on January 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Truth is the DBM has had lots of help in demonizing the Tea Party Pats.
Rinos,Indys and Liberals found it necessary to try and equate the occupier/morons with the Tea Party.
As usual it’s the same old meme for the DBM/DNC. They created the lie–the tea party is this, is that, they are wild eyed sheet wearing radicals, radical conservatives, instead of what/who they are.They are, of course, our grandparents,fathers,mothers and the finest of citizens we have in the country. They desperately care about the future, not for themselves, but for their kids and grandchildren! This is why they have become such as huge target. They represent old line patriots who put the country first and their needs second.
They were and are a huge target that had to be destroyed by the Soros led left wing Marxists running the country.
Unless we start standing up for those who represent the finest values of the country such as the Tea party pats this DBM nightmare will occur over and over and over.
How else can a political party and a drunken media legitimize “an all out Marxist” hell bent on destroying the country, much less the idiotic occupy movement?<p
All the left has is lies. Repeated enough those who have little if any political expertise by into them just so they can be seen to be like everyone else.
Its all crap and we should have defended them more.

rodguy911 on January 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

This is a natural consequence of so many people being dependent on the government. This is the revealing and ironic problem of the whole situation.

Of course drug addicts resist anything that might affect their addiction.

Not surprising.

Pablo Snooze on January 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM


Anyone in America that says they “hate, dislike and it’s causing problems” about The Tea Party is either an uberprogressive hatemonger, a liberal, democrat, uninformed, ignorant or too stupid to understand the basics of life. OR,

sharinlite on January 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

THEN THEY ARE SIMPLY DUMB!

sharinlite on January 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Propaganda works, and Alinsky was right. That’s the lesson here.

The lefties froze the Tea Party in the public mind, smeared it endlessly for months, blamed everything they could think of on the Tea Party, and the deed was done.

MTF on January 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

But, this would not have been possible if not for the help of the Republican establishment who stood silently on the sidelines (or in many cases joined in on the bashing). If the would have joined jumped 100% in one the sole issue of defict/debt reduction, the message would have resonated. Alas, the Republican party is not truly interested in joining the deficit/debt reduction battle.

noeastern on January 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Two things which has caused a lot of right-leaning independents / moderates, like me, to turn on the Tea Party:

1. Their lack of pragmatism….

Vyce on January 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

$17,000,000,000,000.00 says take you pragmatism and shove it up your —.

noeastern on January 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Last!!!!!!!

Hahaha!!

cabbie25 on January 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

cabbie25 on January 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Sorry to spoil your fun.

Bmore on January 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

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