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Most tea partiers don't want a Party with a capital P

Beyond today's dueling polls on the size of the tea party movement (NYT-CBS calls 18 percent "supporters;" CNN says one in 10 is an "activist"), there's a fundamental question: is this a fledgling third-party or a re-branding of a segment of the GOP or something else?

As partial evidence on this point, one question jumps out from the NYT-CBS poll. Asked if the country would be better off if a new political party formed to compete with the Democrats and the Republicans, tea party supporters say no, 52 to 40 percent. In fact, those who support the movement are more apt than others to tilt against a third party.

Another potential impediment for those who envision a quick formation of a political party is that barely 50 percent of those who support the tea party movement say they've heard or read "a lot" about it. Eight percent say they've heard not much or nothing so far.

In the same poll, two-thirds of tea party supporters say they "always" or "usually" vote Republican.

By Jon Cohen  |  April 14, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
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It's Republican who are mad at their Party leaders.

I like to think that the Tea Party is made of people that are incensed with something in their lives. (Like most of us) and have no outlet or capacity to get to the bottom of what the actual problems are, much less amelioration of the problems.

Sum that with unstable or unjust economic plights and you get a certain population that protects what they have in fear change. Now sum in the power of payola propaganda campaign's proliferated through a spectrum of media outlets on populations with limited or network biased access to media and just like magic; "organized tea party rallies".

To me the tea party movement is a marketing campaign paid for by anonymous entities and proliferated by any news media source that is willing to take money to publish the campaign’s talking points.

I'm incensed to call it the tea party but, whoever they are, these people have no leadership which means there is none to tell them why they feel the way they do. The Republican Party has been fooling them for decades despite the Parties inability to deliver policies or laws that parallel the wishes of the majority of the constituency.

The result is the America has a bunch of people (about half of the Republican Party) that trust no one because of betrayal of values by their leadership, and now is quietly being coaxed to come back to the Republican Party.

Tea Party Rallies = GOP Headless Monster

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 14, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party "members" are simply Republicans being managed managed by Dick Armey:

Posted by: jimmyzuma | April 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

They swallowed the junk Rove feed them and they're mad because it got us into the mess we're in. Now they're mad at Obama because they still believe the junk they swallowed. The need a purge or an enema and it ain't gonna be pretty!

Posted by: thebobbob | April 15, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Top Massachusetts Republicans were no-shows at Sarah Palin's Tea Party rally in Boston yesterday.

Posted by: Baxter24 | April 15, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

It would behoove all of us to try to be more civil, less prone to hyperbole and, most importantly, to stop linking every issue into a score keeping of who is the most wrong. The fact that Republicans were wrong about Iraq doesn't make the Democrats right about health care reform. Treating the other side as permanently disgraced because of positions held sincerely, if ultimately incorrectly, leads to a situation where people began to dehumanize their political opponents.

Posted by: ChristopherCarr | April 15, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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