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George W. Bush will always have the Tea Party

Remember a while back there was that billboard in Wyoming, Minn. with a picture of former President George W. Bush smiling and waving that read "Miss Me yet?" Well, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, the only folks who have any love for Bush are self-identified Tea Partiers.

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Among all adults, Bush is viewed "not favorabl[y]" by 58 percent. On the flip side, he is revered by Tea Partyers, with a 57 percent favorable rating. And that support carries over when it comes to assessing blame for our economic mess. Tea Partyers blast Obama over Bush for the current federal budget deficit (24 percent to 6 percent) and the for the current state of the nation's economy (10 percent to 5 percent). But it's Congress that bears the brunt of Tea Party anger over the economy (28 percent) and the deficit (37 percent).

Unfortunately for 43, among all adults he doesn't stand so tall. The Bush administration is blamed by 32 percent of those polled for the economy and by 39 percent for the deficit. Obama by just 4 percent on the economy and 8 percent on the deficit. Given that, I think the answer to "Miss me yet?" is "not so much."

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 15, 2010; 4:53 PM ET
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So, the Tea Partiers are the core Republican electorate and they are REALLY ticked that they lost the last election. And this is "news" why?

Posted by: jaltman1 | April 15, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm also trying to understand why the corproate media continue to give these far right extremist so much air time. There was a protest group for immigration policy on the same day as the tea party rally and it was twice as big and yet they got no air time. Will you PLEASE pretend to be not in the hip pocket of the conservatives?

Posted by: lord166 | April 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The tea partiers will continue to make the print and broadcast media simply because there claims are so ridiculous and inflammatory. News coverage has long been about sensationalism, and this is no exception. Joseph McCarthy would never have had his day in the sun without the news media when he was contriving to involve the entire country in his communist witch hunt.

Nothing has changed. If it has, please explain the popularity of Survivor, The Bachelor, and The Apprentice. These programs thrive on outragious behaviour and confrontation, just like tea baggers.

Popular culture is just like the weather, everyone complains about it, but no one is doing anything to fix it. Tea partiers and TV evangalists are part of our culture, whether we like it or not.

Tune them out if you can, but don't expect the news media to stop the feeding grenzy.

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

The saddest thing about the billboard is that it completely back-fired due to the timing. The economy has rebounded substantially starting from around the time this billboard went up, and continues to improve daily. I am not surprised that supporters of Bush did not foresee what a terrible adverse effect their advertisement would have. Supporters of Bush are just very short-sighted people.

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

Miss him? Bush was a walking weapon of mass destruction. Of course we always have McDonald if we are hungry for a willfully stupid, venal, corrupt imbecile who's been handed too much power at a very vulnerable time.

Posted by: jonthes | April 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what Tea Partyers think of W, I empathize with them: government has grown awfully big, and I think we should be suspicious of that. As Jefferson said in 1823, "A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive."

Posted by: gavlonitis | April 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I fully agree with comments about media attention to people like Palin and Beck and now Kooky Cuccinelli. Attention is just what they WANT!

In the meantime, HOW MUCH MEDIA ATTENTION goes to the fact that 85% of working class Americans paid LESS TAXES in 2009, thanks to that "horrible guy" Obama.

...to great bills such as "No Child Left Inside Act?" SEE http://www.earthday.org/ncli

...and many other positive actions that are making a difference!
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A friend sent this to us, and it seems to fit to some extent.

An Open Letter to the Tea Party Movement.

We had eight years of Bush and Cheney – NOW you get mad?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount in 2000 and
appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate
energy policy.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative (Valerie Plame) got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed (think what THESE Americans—the real patriots—sacrificed and how we let them down).
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown (on top of letting the Corps and commerce mess with natural delta and wetlands protection systems to ensure a disaster would happen).

You didn't get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You FINALLY got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans...oh no . . . now you're mad.

WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL!

Posted by: AnnDe | April 16, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I think a lot of the screaming and carrying on against Obama is just a desperate attempt to run him or any Democrat out of office before law and order can be reestablished, protective regulations are once again enforced, and yes, prosecutions begin for serious white collar and other criminals.

Many are sweating out statutes of limitations, but more are aware there is no statute of limitation on fraud. So people who are desperate for the return of Reagan/W. Bush types who allow and encourage complete lawlessness will only increase the pitch of their wounded howling, ranting and screaming.

Hopefully it will have the same effect as all the beet red headed screaming 1870s leftists were famous for, and whose behavior the PSEUDO CONSERVATIVES and Teabag people are uncannily adept at imitating. Most people really dislike screaming bully losers and if not turned off by them will be soon.

Posted by: gradya3 | April 16, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, that should have been "1970s leftists". I know nothing about 1870s leftists, but I am sure they were no calmer than your average Tea Partier is now. Come to think of it I bet no 1870s GOP fundraiser was held at a Lesbian Bondage Theme Strip Club.

Progress, ain't it a b!+@#?

Posted by: gradya3 | April 16, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Really, we should pray for these people. Besides being selfish and bigoted, they are dumb enough to be dupes of the Republican fat cats and to reliably vote against their own best interests.
They are the daily proof that our "education" system leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted by: kstack | April 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

If you believe that Tea-Partiers are fans of Republican incumbents and George Bush, you are either uninformed or delusional.

The 2 largest deficits during the Bush administration took place in the last 2 years, AFTER the Democrats took over the Congress! It is media shorthand to talk about a President's deficits - all spending bills are passed by Congress, who should get a full share of the blame.

Federal spending & borrowing in the last 2 years (since the take-over of Fannie & Freddie and the 1st stimulus) are of a completely different order of magnitude than anything seen in 50 years, with $Trillion deficits being discussed as the new "normal".

California, Illinois, Michigan, & New Jersey have passed the point where they can ever pay current unfunded liabilities -they will have to restructure.

Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security are all unsustainable, ESPECIALLY with the passing of "health reform".

Tea-Partiers are not longing for the return of George Bush or big-government Republicans. Tea-Partiers are desperately hoping for a glimmer of fiscal sanity from governemnt at all levels!

Posted by: pilsener | April 16, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I am constantly amazed by how many people still Think Cheney/Bush was anything but the worst Administration we've ever had.
Killed thousands, many of them our people, gave the 1% rich all they wanted and told the other 99%, too bad, thought the constitution was whatever Cheney thought it was, and finally lied much more often than he told the truth, oh yeah, he was also a coward and tried everything to elude Vietnam service, how many tea partiers are Vietnam veterans????

Posted by: rosenfan1 | April 16, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Hum... not so fast... 43% of the Tea Party DO NOT have a favorable opinion of George Bush.

Also even Bush's favorables are conditional.. think generally strong support for his security successes and simple comparison with President Erkel.

I suspect more than a simple majority in the Tea Party blame BOTH Dems and Republicans and Bush for the BIG Gov, BIG spend, and BIG economic problems facing this country. That is why is remains hostile to MOST Washington politicians.

Unconvinced ? Ask once powerful Republicans: Charlie Crist, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, John McCain, and Bob Bennett...

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Nice try to wrap the TEA party with Bush. Bush started this whole slide into massive deficits and bigger and bigger government intervention that has only accelerated under Obama. This blame Bush works two ways. The positives for Bush deal with national security only AND do not extend to the Patriot act or the Iraq war.

Posted by: tlunde | April 16, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Terrible post:

- Bush is "revered" because of a 57% favorable poll? Really revered? You couldn't come up with one single data point on the depth of emotion?

- Obama is "blasted" because 24% blame him in one poll and 10% in another? Get that: one in ten blame Obama and that's "blasting" him.

Seriously, a polemicist who ties his outrage to statistics this pathetic should just quit.

Posted by: mj13 | April 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What are Tea Party supporters… moderates ? hypocrites ? crazies ?

From todays New York Times…
“Tea-party supporters are largely reconciled to longstanding government programs like Social Security and Medicare, but they oppose the creations of massive new ones.”

That makes them moderates, not hypocrites.

David Harsanyi, (Apr.16) Denver Post writes from a Denver Tea Party:

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, "Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large."

More specifically, Tea Party movement will bear the brunt of Washington's economic reorganization, namely the middle class. The majority of Americans are middle class and their concerns (the economy, job creation, etc.) more closely mirror the Tea Party than Washington's progressive agenda (the environment, entitlements, etc.).

Naturally, the hyperventilating and demonization … will continue unabated... Yet, once again, the evidence demonstrates that the Tea Party is less "radical" than are the elected liberal officials busy transforming the nation.

Or, as one sign succinctly put it:
"There are no crazies here. They are all in Washington, D.C."

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 16, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

What are Tea Party supporters… moderates ? hypocrites ? crazies ?

From todays New York Times…
“Tea-party supporters are largely reconciled to longstanding government programs like Social Security and Medicare, but they oppose the creations of massive new ones.”

That makes them moderates, not hypocrites.

David Harsanyi, (Apr.16) Denver Post writes from a Denver Tea Party:

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, "Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large."

More specifically, Tea Party movement will bear the brunt of Washington's economic reorganization, namely the middle class. The majority of Americans are middle class and their concerns (the economy, job creation, etc.) more closely mirror the Tea Party than Washington's progressive agenda (the environment, entitlements, etc.).

Naturally, the hyperventilating and demonization … will continue unabated... Yet, once again, the evidence demonstrates that the Tea Party is less "radical" than are the elected liberal officials busy transforming the nation.

Or, as one sign succinctly put it:
"There are no crazies here. They are all in Washington, D.C."

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 16, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

man those tea partiers are annoying - I'm at the University of Montana, Missoula (the liberal bubble of Montana) and a handful of them were picketing (their kids too) in front of the postal building in town...it was even worse when i got back on campus cause there was a giant inflatable George Bush Monument in our 'free speech zone' - apparently this lunatic had a website too www.georgewbushmonument.com ... i can't believe that these people love bush so badly, it's embarrassing

Posted by: TonkaHoopz88 | April 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I was at a Tea Party protest last night. I have some difficulty trying to match the description of the Tea Party by the WaPo and the NY Times with the people that I met there. While some were Republicans, I'd say that more were independents. There were also democrats there. They certainly did not have a high opinion of Bush and had an even lower opinion of Obama.

The biggest single concern of the people there was irresponsible government spending/borrowing. They were also concerned that individual liberty was being threatened by the explosive growth in government, particularly in the past two years.

Does this sound like the description of the Tea Party that you have read in the WaPo?

Posted by: concernedcitizen3 | April 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

ODS - Obama Derangement Syndrome

When you complain about high taxes when even though the current Tax Rate is as low as it has been since the Eisenhower Administration. Or you blame Obama for the current economic conditions while ignoring the previous administrations Tax Cuts for the Rich (costing the federal government $700 billion dollars) in income it could otherwise have; or an illegal and unnecessary war that cost the American tax payer to date almost $800 billion dollars, (not to mention the blood loss).; and last but not least the ongoing deregulation of Wall Street and Banks.

You blame the loss of jobs on Obama when the last day month of the Bush Administration the US was hemorrhaging 770,000 jobs a month. (We are presently adding 162,000 jobs a month to the economy).

Or the passage of Health care Reform while ignoring the fact 45,000 Americans where dying from lack of health insurance coverage each year.


ALERT:

If you suffer from "ODS" there is no known cure other than the following:

1) Quit the Tea Party immediately.
2) Block out the Fox News Channel
3) Return to school and try to increase your capacity for intellectual curiosity.
4) Every now and then pick up a newspaper and try actually reading it (see # 3)

Posted by: ArogantMan | April 17, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

If you believe that Tea-Partiers are fans of Republican incumbents and George Bush, you are either uninformed or delusional.

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The tea partiers have allowed a lot of unsavory, anti American unpatriotic ignorant people to crash their movement. Couple that with the fact they they have chosen to ignore what the previous administration did to our country and blame the current administration for everything doesn't help. They refuse to acknowledge the progress our country has made in the past 15 months. They allow people associated with their movement to disrespect the President but yet they want to be taken seriously? I think not. Because of this they have absolutely no creditability.

Posted by: catmomtx | April 17, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Any movement that has Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck as their "heroes", has a more than serious credibility problem.

They appeal to the ignorant and the looney. Of course, here in Texas, with Governor "hey, let's secede; no one has ever tried that before" Perry and his State School Board that thinks that the Earth was formed in 6 days of 24-hours each, reliance on the ignorant is simply a way of life.

Posted by: weedtort | April 17, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

That is exactly why Obama brushed them off recently. They don't make sense. If their so angry about the deficit and higher taxes than why are they angry with Obama. Bush took a surplus and turned it into a trillion dollar deficit, he has higher taxes for the middle class (Tea Party People), and tax cuts for the rich. Plus he passed Healthcare Reform for those idiots. They should be ashamed of themselves. Through the Tea Party, Republican Party and Sara Palin under the Bus.

Posted by: amosdefnails | April 18, 2010 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, you are ignorant if you believe that all people believe as you do. You need to get out of your own company more.

Posted by: prossers7 | April 18, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

There are some commenting here that actually believe that the country should thank Obama for bribing Congressmen and Senators to vote for a Health Care bill that the majority of the country hates and does not want? Obviously, they have not been paying attention, wait until the taxes begin strangling your pocketbook. Get a life!!!

Posted by: prossers7 | April 18, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

to all the DIMocRAT "empty-heads" & leftist, BHO-worshiping lunatics,

on his BEST day, BHO is DUMBER & LESS compterent than Jimmy Carter & MORE DISHONEST than Richard M. Nixon, so i wouldn't discuss GWB if i was you, as your DIMWITTED LOSER (he will be LEAVING the WH, not later than Jan 20, 2013.) "suffers by comparison".

fwiw, i am NOT a "Bush-LOVER", by any means, but he at least is reasonably HONEST.
(NO politician is white as the driven snow.)

btw, when are you 2-faced, hate-FILLED, leftist, DIMocRATS going to DUMP the stinking KLANSMAN (Robert "KKK" Byrd, DIMocRAT of WV) out of your party & throw him out into the street onto his little HOODED head?
(fyi, he is NOT "a former member" of the KKK; instead, he is a CURRENT "National Cyclops of The Invisible Empire".)

until/unless you do that simple TASK, don't dare say an unkind word about ANY member of the GOP and/or The Tea Party Movement.
TOLERATING a KLANSMAN in your DIMocRAT Party is as EVIL as being a KKK member.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 18, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

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