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NYT Poll: Relatively good news for GOP. Bad news for Dems

Now that we know that self-identified Tea Party members in the New York Times poll "tend to be Republican," there are interesting implications for the GOP. The overall data have interesting implications for the Democrats, too. They're not good ones.

A favorable view of the Republican Party is held by 54 percent of Tea Partyers, which is the same percentage of them who self-identify with the GOP. This highlights why the GOP dances with them. It wants to make sure the Tea Party enthusiastically comes home to the Republican Party in November. For the record, the Tea Partiers surveyed don't endorse violent action against the government. By an overwhelming majority (71 percent), they said such action is "never justified."

They are angry, though. That might not lead Tea Party types to splinter off en masse. Fifty-two percent of them don't think there should be a third party. This will come as a disappointment to Democrats, since a third-party Tea Party-backed candidate would siphon off votes from a Republican and ease the election or reelection of a Democrat. Even so, that's what could happen in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) tight race. Republicans, too, aren't immune to Tea Party challenge. New York's Dede Scozzafava got squeezed out of the race for a House seat by Doug Hoffman last year. And Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is running scared to hang onto the seat he's filled since 1987.

Here's a smidge more of good news for the GOP. The standing of the Republican Party is improving among the general public. There is a 7-point increase in favorability over last year (from 31 percent to 38 percent). That's the highest it's been since July 2007. Its "not favorable" rating has been improving since Oct. 2008, from 60 percent to 53 percent. Those aren't numbers to win elections by, that's for sure. But the next set of data points are, and the Democrats better quiver.

The Democratic Party is viewed favorably by 42 percent of all adults. Sure, that's better than the Republicans. Yet that number hasn't been this low since -- wait for it -- Nov. 1994, the year the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Now, while their "not favorable" rating dropped 1 point to 50 percent since February, this is the highest it has been since -- yep, you guessed it -- Nov. 1994.

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Everything is ALWAYS bad news for the Dems according to the MSM.


Posted by: howie14 | April 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that people are thinking more favorably of a party that has done absolutely nothing for the past 1.5 years. Again, load goan, take off shoe, aim at foot...

Posted by: phorse | April 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse


Like tea baggers would actually vote.

They won't even fill out their census forms - and that means we Blue states will get all the representatives as a result.

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive, I wouldn't mind seeing a turnover in Congress, and I'm not just being disingenuous:

1) A Republican Congress would almost certainly start launching all sorts of "investigations" - most of them frivolous - delving into anything and everything, and driving up Obama's poll numbers dramatically in time for re-election.

2) Republicans, either in the majority again or with substantial gains, would have a stake in running the country again instead of just throwing tantrums and saying no. It's harder to say you hate the government when you ARE the government.

3) The Tea Party movement will evaporate faster than a burrito in front of Rush Limbaugh. The scary Black man will still be in office, but a conservative Congress will reassure the more squeamish and take the wind out of its sails.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | April 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Is amnesia of what transpired to get us in the condition that the U.S. is in economically a political disease, or do voters vote on what the politician say vice what he does, how can change ever occur when the party out of office doesn't give his opponent a chance at success even though the voters elected him on his campaign promise it seems like we are headed for 40 more years wondering in the wilderness.

Posted by: mgibbosh1 | April 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

while no one can be certain that health reform will work, we know that no health reform will result in huge deficits and an unsustainable increase in health care costs for the private sector. Republicans know that too, so they have already backed off the idea of repeal, knowing that they won't do pursue it even if they do get a majority in congress.

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

As the RNC continues to waste campaign donations on Gay/Sex Clubs we notice Michelle traveling to Mexico. With the RNC spending racism/hate/lies, they forgot the large Latino vote. Yes as we see the GOP vote NO for over a year and Sarah Palin/Teabaggers/KKK inciting violence, they forgot white and blacks aren't the only voters in the USA. Even Ron Paul thinks all Latino/Mexican people are immigrants so you know he's out.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | April 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The Dems had better be scared Blah Blah Blah. It is an ETERNITY until the midterms. I also note the Idiots Schoen and Caddell
are waving their fingers today and saying "I told you so" What bunch of jackasses!! All they can quote is Gallup and Rasmussen. Since when is Rasmussen not anti Dem or Obama anyway. I will laugh when this tsunami of historic proportions turns out to be a ripple in the baby pool. Must be a slow news day.

Posted by: beatle6684 | April 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

EnemyOfTheState; all,

actually, despite the LIES told by the main-SLIME media, almost NOBODY in the Tea party OR in the voter-base as a whole, CARES what color/religion BHO is/is not.

we do intensely care that he's a LIAR, a FOOL & SUPREMELY UNQUALIFIED for the JOB that he was elected to. = we simply want BHO & ALL of "his gang of Chicago thugs" G.O.N.E, GONE!

when a NON-white, solidly working class (mostly "rank and file" union), formerly "traditional Democrat" family like ours deserts the DIMocRATS (NEVER TO RETURN) the DIMocRATS are DONE, as a "majority party"!
(and the DIMocRAT "leaders" did it to THEMSELVES!)

NONE of the 30+ people, that vote in our extended family, will vote for ANY DIMocRAT again from the local courthouse to the White House, as we all believe that we've been LIED TO & "played for fools" by the union bosses, our local officials & the "leadership" of the DIMocRAT party & BHO.

we all are NOW & will remain INDEPENDENTS & members of the Tea Party Movement!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 34% here, 43% there, but what's the polling data base? Anyway, let the GOP get both houses of Congress again. They'll be in for 8 years; and they will definitely do so much worse than after 1994, that by 2018 we'll be back to Democrats with a new democratic president in 2020. A poll is worth nothing!

Posted by: MikeV2 | April 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 34% here, 43% there, but what's the polling data base? Anyway, let the GOP get both houses of Congress again. They'll be in for 8 years; and they will definitely do so much worse than after 1994, that by 2018 we'll be back to Democrats with a new democratic president in 2020. A poll is worth nothing!

Posted by: MikeV2 | April 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If any of you liberals bothered to do a little research you'd discover that the members of the Tea Party are actually the NORMAL people in this nation who just happen to live between both coasts (those coasts being home to the ABNORMAL people who just cannot understand why normal people aren't interested in their opinions).

Posted by: georges2 | April 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Democrats to receive an historic thrashing in November:

" is well within the realm of possibility - not merely a far-fetched scenario - that Democratic losses could climb into the 80 or 90-seat range. The Democrats are sailing into a perfect storm of factors influencing a midterm election, and if the situation declines for them in the ensuing months, I wouldn't be shocked to see Democratic losses eclipse 100 seats."

Posted by: pmendez | April 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Of all the comments on here try and guess which idiot is regurgitating everything he/she hears on talk radio?

hint: starts with a T and ends with a 6 and is found in texas.

Posted by: kchses1 | April 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

being angry is fine. having a coherent position on something is entirely different. the stimulus spending saved the economy. the health care bill might prevent a collapse of the economy that we would have faced if health care costs continued to rise at the rate they were without reform (republicans know this and had already dropped repeal as a strategy knowing that they would never actually try it). other than that, Obama has reduced taxes, not raised them, and has been more fiscally responsible than Bush ever dreamed of being. the stimulus dollars are in the economy, and the TARP dollars are coming back with interest.

when people finally figure out that health reform isn't an expensive government takeover of anything, and is instead a more than paid for restructuring of money that already flows for bad debts for the uninsured, these numbers will turn around. if they don't because the lies continue to be believed, then they will be exposed when we see what republicans do with regained power.

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I try not to generalize...I try not to put cultures and races in boxes...but, man, the teabaggers really are all alike... and brothers and sisters, that is not good. Unless of course, you celebrate extreme mediocre, run of the mill racism and lost in the woodsness.

Posted by: seakeys | April 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

one commenter above mentioned the effect of the latino vote, i was saddened to learn that a teaparty hack displaced delwin jones in west texas. reading the local paper online i was surprised to learn more people went to their recent elton john concert than bothered to vote. latinos will vote if they perceive themselves to be in such a majority the local white man can't exact a revenge, at least that is my somewhat exaggerated view. latino's need to be energized to vote. so what are you texasnative 46, some kind of comanche indian? what union bosses- texas is notorious for being right to work.traditional democrat? after thirty years of every idiot in texas turning into some rat scum republican except in austin san antonio and dallas all liberal and minority bastions. if your a minority and you've lived in this neo klan state as long as i have, and that rant above is in anyway heart felt then you've got larger problems than trying to discern what is in your own best the guy said in the movie, life is hard, its real hard when your stupid.

Posted by: trjohnson8890122 | April 15, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is this bad for dems? These are the folk that voted GOP anyway. So, no change. The dems won because they got the independents and I believe the indies will again vote dem this fall - rather than vote for the party of no.

Posted by: Freethotlib | April 15, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The talking heads are clowns who know nothing, and Mr. Capehart is one of those talking heads. Everyday it's the dems are doomed. This are the same clowns who repeated all through the 2008 election that Obama could never win because of the white working class vote.

Posted by: lumi21us | April 15, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

There is far too much emphasis on what the 'tea party' nuts think. Most reasonable American acknowledge them as the dangerous extremists that they are. Further, they have said nothing of any value regarding ideas.

The degree of how low the Republicans have gone, as well as their unstable attack dogs, guarantees that there will be no Newtzi repeat of 1994.

Posted by: revbookburn | April 15, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I am all for lower taxes, lower deficits, and less spending. Problem with less spending is that every dollar the government spends has a constituency. The Repub's couldn't do it for the 6 years they were in power( government spending increased 30% in 6 years under Rep rule), and the Dem's can't do it either. Its just the political reality.

The only hope for really significant lower spending is to cut defense. Or social security, or Medicare. Those things would be a nearly impossible to cut because neither party would support it. Hopefully in a few years we can close the 2 wars we are in, but who knows how much money that will save.

So if spending is constant, we have a basic choice, higher deficits, or higher taxes. Of the 2, I see higher deficits as MUCH more dangerous to the long term health of the country. So please raise my taxes. I would rather pay more now, then pay much more later, and then pass the debt on to my children.

It is the only fiscally responsible thing to do folks. So anyone who is for fiscal responsibility and also for lower taxes is in a position of logical hypocrisy.

Posted by: reussere | April 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The larger lesson here is that Democrats cannot disregard the wishes of the American people and ram through the biggest piece of social reform in generations. Voters tend not to like backroom deals that mortgage our collective future.

And if you think these poll numbers are low for Dems, just wait until election season when the Republican Party will remind voters of Congress's egregious behavior. Democrats had a prime opportunity to take over the moral high ground on fiscal responsibility; instead, they one-upped Bush's irresponsibility.

Oh, and just as Obama was supposed to get serious about the deficit...he announced a deep space exploration program. Great.

Posted by: diehardlib | April 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama has bought every vote he ever got...paid off every terrorist he ever met...squandered every dollar that ever made its way into his sweaty palms...

and his eyes continue to be glazed over by all of the glittery lights. This is all a big video game to a boy who played in the dirt in Kenya...who sold his soul for a chance at the big time...after dealing the dice and winning. Enjoy spending our money, freak...the fork's coming your way.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Judging by the comments from these posts, it looks like the libs are "ANGRY"

I wonder why that could be?

Oh ya, because their agenda has been REJECTED.

Can't wait to see your faces come November, my guess is it will look something along the lines of all those Obamabots that were with Rachel Maddow the night of the SCOTT BROWN elections.

Good luck kiddies


Posted by: Magox | April 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of us who are very pleased with the change of direction the country has taken under Obama. The Health Insurance bill is the biggest positive legislative accomplishment in 45 years! And it simply can not be undone. Period. The Republicans, as usual in a mid-term election, will win some seats in 2010, but will still be in the minority in both houses. What will the angry mob say then? Will they still be predicting a wave of "rejection" in 2012? And after Obama wins re-election in 2012, what will they say? "Wait until 2014"? How long will it take the Tea Partiers to realize that they don't actually represent the views of most Americans?

Posted by: fid4wp | April 15, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

being angry is fine. having a coherent position on something is entirely different. the stimulus spending saved the economy. the health care bill might prevent a collapse of the economy that we would have faced if health care costs continued to rise at the rate they were without reform (republicans know this and had already dropped repeal as a strategy knowing that they would never actually try it). other than that, Obama has reduced taxes, not raised them, and has been more fiscally responsible than Bush ever dreamed of being. the stimulus dollars are in the economy, and the TARP dollars are coming back with interest.

when people finally figure out that health reform isn't an expensive government takeover of anything, and is instead a more than paid for restructuring of money that already flows for bad debts for the uninsured, these numbers will turn around. if they don't because the lies continue to be believed, then they will be exposed when we see what republicans do with regained power.

Posted by: JoeT1


Wow! I am tired of reality, can I have a glass of that Koolaide??

Posted by: Straightline | April 15, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

to texasbatuve46:

Where the heck were you from 2000 to 2008 when Bush was driving this country into the ground? Or do you actually believe that Obama is not an improvement on what most historians regard as the worst president in US history? How soon we forget. I may not be satisfied with everything Obama has done but look at the hand he was dealt. Two wars, costing 150 billion a year (far more than health care I might add) and one of them totally unnecessary, an economy in the worst shape since the Depression, torture as policy, and on and on. Perhaps I would take people like you and the teapartiers more seriously if I HAD HEARD FROM YOU DURING THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. But, no, you people sat back uncomplaining while Bush spent a trillion dollars invading Iraq. And he lied about it. What a bunch of hypocrits you all are.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | April 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse


actually you DID (or should have heard) hear from people like me during the Bush II administration. - we were the ones in Capitol Hill offices raising H with OUR congressman/senators to:
1. cut taxes,
2. cut spending,
3. get out of "the world's policeman" role,
4. get OUT of everyone's schools, churches,businesses., bedrooms & OUT of our LIVES
5. leave EVERYBODY alone.

that, frankly, did NOT work, so instead we "went into the streets" to PROTEST.
if that doesn't work, trust me things will then get UGLY!

as for BHO, i think that he is a LYING SCUM, who is totally INCOMPETENT, UNQUALIFIED & INCAPABLE of doing anything GOOD for this republic. = we TPP just want him OUT!
(but after JAN 2011, BHO will be essentially POWERLESS, as the DIMocRATS will lose BOTH houses of Congress by a LANDSLIDE that will make the "turnover" of 1994 look MILD.)

as for taking us Tea Partiers "seriously", please DON'T & on the morning after the election, you & every other "progressive" will be sitting in the corner, weeping & wailing, wondering whatever happened.)

the day after the NOV election will look like a freight train has hit Congress, as the ANGER & turn-out to rallies is growing like a snowball rolling downhill.

let me give you just ONE example:

i went to one of the 742 Tea Party rallies that were held this evening in a city about 40 miles from here.

we TPP (full disclosure, i'm a "coordinator" for our rural county's Tea Party. a "coordinator" is as near as the TPP have to a "leader"/officer. = we have about 500 people on the rolls of our couty's group.) expected perhaps that we could get 3-4000 people out to a rally (even on tax day) on a weeknight.
the rally was to start at 630PM & end at 9PM.

by 530PM, there was over 15,000 people there & ready to start the rally an hour early, so we DID.
by 7PM, the city police estimated that here was between 30-40,000 people in the park & by 8PM we had added probably another 4-5,000.

BUT, be sure to UNDER-estimate us, as we frankly don't have much money & we cannot afford a great deal of TV ads for the fall election. = just LIE about us, "marginalize" us, tell each other that we're "astroturf", etc, etc,etc.

after all, we TPP are just NOT IMPORTANT.- so, go take a nap, relax, don't vote in NOV, go fishing, light up a joint, etc,etc,etc.
we just are NOT worth noting, much less be worried about.

btw, WHEN are you DIMocRATS going to THROW OUT the stinking, filthy, KLANSMAN, that your party is so proud of having as a U S Senator?
fyi, Robert "KKK" Byrd is a LIFE-MEMBER of the KLAN & in fact is the CURRENT national "CYCLOPS".
(but i'd guess that most of you don't care about things like that.- after all to a DIMocRAT, all that's important is having LOTS of members in Congress.- the DIMocRATS traditionally accepted ANYBODY, who would vote the way that the party bosses said, at least some of the time.)

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 15, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The Obamas donated $329,100 to 40 charities last year.

Their largest contributions were $50,000 to the international anti-poverty group CARE and $50,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

Obama also donated $1.4 million in award money from his Nobel Peace Prize to charity and did not count that as income or as a charitable deduction on his tax returns.

He wants health care coverage for all, a world free from nuclear weapons, financial regulations, kids to do well in school, prevent people for taking to terrorism, ... The man has the vision and the intent to do a greater good for the US and the World, even if it costs him elections. I would have been very easy for him to not get into health care. He did it even if it is not popular. The people who are angry DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE 30 MILLION WHO WOULD GET HEATH CARE. The selfish and the ignorant will never be able to see any of what he is trying to do. He has a choice. Doing what is popular and doing what is right. He has chosen the latter. The Republican spin machine has been lying incessantly about almost everything. When was the last time the Republicans cared about the middle class?

Posted by: pattr1 | April 15, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

The more I read about the Tea Party and learn more about them via their web posts, the more I come to believe they are just plain angry over the changing demographics of our country. Most TP's believe they are taxed fairly, so I don't understand all their chatter about the topic of too many taxes, and the majority feel that social security and medicare "welfare" is justified government spending (according to CBS pollsters), which seems like a contradiction to their chatter regarding smaller government and no handouts. But, we are all hypocritical to a minor extent and I can accept that. The undertones that seem to drive their anger, which is amplified by Obama being president, is a changing ethnic character of our country. The TP's seem to be feeling that certain ethnic groups are receiving too much preferential treatment, and the non-mainstream ethnic fraction of our society is receiving too much welfare (I see this undertone from many written interviews with TP members). The demographics of the TP movement certainly suggest that is true. Frankly, as a white, heterosexual, non-embittered, college educated, hard working mainstream male I am glad to see neglected groups get their turn. Our country was founded on the principal of being a melting pot and we have not always accepted diversity openly and charitably. The world is changing and there is no way we are going back to the 50's, 60's or whatever period in history. We need to more forward and not backward and be inclusive. I like the passionate and fiercely individualistic side of the TPs, which is uniquely American, but I don't want to see another movement based on prejudice.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 15, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse


trust me on this, if on nothing else. =====> as a 60+YY man, who is multi-degreed, "NON-white" & NOT at all rich (i'm semi-retired these days, on a pension), i do NOT see the "prejudice" and or "blatant displays of racism" that "the talking heads of" the main-SLIME media" continously BLATHER ON endlessly about.
(fwiw, they outright LIED about "the racial incident" at the Capitol on 9/12/10. - i was THERE & am in some of the TV coverage & several of the "still photos". the "alleged incident" DID NOT HAPPEN - it is a KNOWING, INTENTIONAL PACK OF LIES, which is, evidently, straight out of the DNC's "dirty tricks department".

the broadcast "journalists" accepted the claims out of the DNC, with NO EVIDENCE whatever - they didn't even make a pretense of "investigation" - instead they simply PARROTED the FALSE ACCUSATIONS, as if they were FACTS.)

as an example of the lack of "blatant, obvious racism among Tea party members", the speaker who BEST "fired everyone up" at the rally (though there were several GREAT speakers tonight), that was held this evening, was an African-American AME preacher from LA, who "brought the house down", talking about EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE, regardless of race/ethnicity/religious affiliation/gender/any "non merit factor".

what the Tea Party members ARE angry about is the perception (i fear the perception is FACT!) that there are UNFAIR, "special rules" for "people of the politcal class", which are NOT available to "ordinary people"
that those "elitists in the Congress, White House & in the various parts of the federal government" not only do not KNOW what the people in the USA want/need/desire, but they DO NOT CARE about those wants/needs/desires.
(if they respond to those wants/needs/desires, it is only to give "lip service to" and/or "patronize" their individual constitutients.)

the "elites" seem to think that they are "in charge" & will DO precisely as they WISH, regardless of the opinions of the voters OR upon the EFFECTS of the "elitists" decisions/actions upon the "ordinary citizen".
("the elitists" of course routinelky exempt themselves from the laws/rules/regulations that they require everyone else to obey.)

imVho, that is the MAIN source of ANGER among the TPP membership. (as a historian/political scientist, the TPP are seemingly aquiring the "marks" of the beginnings of a classic PEASANT REVOLT against the NOBILITY!) = in NOV of this year & on election day of 2012, we "cpommoners" will "have our pound of flesh" from those UN-responsive/SELF-important elitists.
(LOTS of DIMocRATS & RINOs will be "going home" & have to do without being "our betters"!)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 16, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Bless you, texasnative46. I'm a lifelong Texan too, and I'm right there with you. Is it just me, or do you notice how nasty and condescending these out-of-state folks get when they critique our great state? One even tried to pit our cities against each other. Maybe they're jealous that we don't have the problems that the union-heavy blue states have? Maybe they resent thet fact that companies continue to relocate from the northeast to the fresh air and freedom of Texas? Maybe they hate the fact that we're in the Bible Belt and believe in our DNA in equality, freedom, personal responsibility, and charity. Or maybe they still despise George W. Bush, who gave us 6% unemployment and is looking better every day? They probably don't believe their lyin' eyes when they see old and young, democrat and repub, libertarian and independent, black and white and latino all enjoying the Tea Party meetings. If trjohnson would come to Texas for a visit, people would hand him a magarita, show him their favorite river or mountain, make him laugh, and work hard to put him in a better mood. I think he just needs a hug, don't you?

Posted by: PureTexan | April 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

PureTexas; all,

want a CHUCKLE for the afternoon? = any TRUE Texican will understand this, even if the rest of the USA doesn't!:

Last night, a young A-A man (i'd guess about 25YO), wearing a "HOPE & CHANGE" teeshirt, walked right though the middle of the Tea Party Rally, making "cutesy comments" about everybody & everything he saw AND "made a point of "flirting" with every attractive (young/old/married/single) female that he saw & made some "rather nasty/crude remarks" to some of them. =====> it was OBVIOUS to everyone "that he was trying to start a fight".

instead of a "fistfight", he got invited to "go have some beers" with a group of Latino guys from San Antonio.
(i don't know this to be FACT, as i was NOT there, but i was told by someone from Bexar in an email this AM, that he went & had a "good 'ole Texas time" at a beer-joint, out on the county line.)

SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE, he found out that TPP don't "have horns" & we are NOT (and don't well accept) racists or people, who despise you based on what church-house you go to. = we "WILD TEXICANS" may very well NOT like you, but it won't be because you are Black/Brown/Yellow/Green/Pink/polka-dotted/Red (like me) OR Catholic/Protestant/Moslem/Jewish.


yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 16, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

President Obama may well be sincere in his belief that government should and must do everything, but there comes a time when we have to stop and ask "how much is too much?"

Since the Tea Party is made up of many independent voters, along with some Democrats and a lot of Republicans, you can't say that these are simply voters who went for McCain in 2008. They're not. Many of these people probably did vote for Obama, especially the independents. The margin of those independents is what will make the difference in both 2010 and 2012. In addition, there are independents who are not necessarily involved in the Tea Party movement who are disappointed in Obama's job so far, and they are likely to move more to the right in this election. Whether they remain opposed to him in 2012 will be a question raised as we get closer to that election. This year, though, I think the independents are more inclined to vote Republican to send a message to Washington. One-party rule doesn't work in America. Let's hope that splitting up the power will get Congress and the White House back to the business we elected them for.

Posted by: Voter2010 | April 17, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MALBENNET | April 17, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

to ALL,

the latest large poll (that i've heard of, there may well be others.) of TPP indicates that Tea Party members are:
(note: all percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.)

1.composed of about 40% GOP, 34% Democrats & the remainder are Independents OR "unaffiliated",
2. are older than 49 years,
3. 60% are MALE,
4. 30% "white collar"/middle class, 22% "blue collar"/"pink collar" & the rest divided between "self-employed", "retired", "full-time homemakers", "not employed" or "no answer",
5. 60% "white", 10% African-American, 8% Hispanic,5% Asian, 1% NativeAmerican/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander & the rest "unknown" or "no answer",
6. 70% have attended at least some college/professional schools/trade school,
7. 75+ believe that BHO is INCAPABLE of being an "adequate leader of the USA",
8. about 70% think that he is DISHONEST
9. nearly 90% say that they will not vote for any Democrat/Liberal/Progressive in the future.

sounds GOOD to me, but BAD FOR the DIMocRAT extremists in Congress, the WH & the DIMocRAT party, in general!
(were i a DIMocRAT congress-critter, i would be "seeking other employment" for the period after Nov. 2010.)

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 18, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

to all,

in my post above, a WORD (MOST) is missing (MY FAULT!) from the beginning of #2. - i just plain didn't copy the line correctly.


yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 18, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

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