The Tea Party Next Door

5 Apr
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Is your neighbor involved in the Tea Parties?

In spite of what you’ve heard from Barack Obama, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and a host of other “unbiased” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) sources, the Tea Party members don’t appear to be a bunch of right-wing, violence-prone fanatics after all.

Gee. I could’ve told you that. But don’t take my word for it.

Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics
Gallup.com

PRINCETON, NJ — 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.

and…

Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or independents
The Hill

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.

We’ve tried to tell you all along that Tea Party members are just as disatisfied with the Republicans as with the Democrats. Most of all they’re just tired of Washington politicians altogether.

Maybe that’s why The Wall Street Journal is reporting A drastic shift in the media stereotype of the tea-party movement.

WSJ’s James Taranto writes, “The headline we’ve given this column is a phrase coined by the conservative writer Tom Bethell to refer to the media’s attitude toward conservatives who veer leftward. What we’re about to describe is a bit different: more an epiphany on the media’s part than a change in the object of coverage. It seems unlikely that the tea-partiers have suddenly become mainstream.”

Still, The White House has reason to be concerned about the Tea Parties. That’s party of their strategy to discredit the movement.

But according to Rasmussen, the American public isn’t buying what the President has to sell.

Tea Party 48% Obama 44%
Rasmussen Reports

On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama.

What I believe the President, Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic majority don’t get is that the American people are unhappy with where they are taking the country. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sure most of the Republicans are getting it either.

That’s why we all have to stay active. If your own personal congresscritters isn’t representing your views, get active and get him (or her) out.

Term limits are a beautiful thing. But if Congress won’t do it themselves, we’ll have to do it for them.

Pay attention. Get involved.

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