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No, the Tea Party isn't just like the rest of America

Headlines this morning proclaimed all the nasty myths about the Tea Party that the media has peddled over the last several months to be “busted.” Four in ten Tea Partiers are Democrats or independents, according to a survey by a right-leaning polling firm. So, readers might conclude, maybe the Tea Party isn’t dominated by cranky right-wingers. Writes the Los Angeles Times’s Andrew Malcolm:

They've been portrayed variously as angry fringe elements, often inarticulate, potentially violent and merely Republicans in sheep's clothing or disgruntled pockets of conservatives blindly lashing out at a left-handed President Obama and the same side of his Democratic Party finally getting its chance to drive home a liberal agenda after eight years of Republican rule and six under a centrist Bill Clinton.

So does the data easily knock down this straw man? Not really, actually. A more detailed breakdown of the survey indicates that, of Tea Partiers surveyed, 57 percent were Republicans, 28 percent were independents and only 13 percent were Democrats. The headline could have just as easily read that 85 percent of Tea Partiers are Republicans or independents. Sounds a little different. Sounds a lot like what many reporters have written about the Tea Party. Particularly when you keep in mind that not all independents are centrists -- they can be quite politically extreme.

But there’s another poll out there today. A Gallup survey indicates that many of the characteristics of Tea Party supporters aren’t so different from the population at large. Except in, um, political preference. Gallup found that Tea Party supporters were 49 percent Republican, 43 percent independent and 8 percent Democratic. Seventy percent identified as conservative. And 87 percent disapproved of the new health-care law, as opposed to 50 percent in the population at large. That’s a portrait of American political culture if I’ve ever seen one.

So, no, none of this does much to bust widely-held myths about the Tea Party. And these polls are actually pretty consistent with, if not demonstrative of, many folks’ impression that the movement is conservative, extremely anti-Obama and separate if related to right-wing GOP politics, consisting of disaffected but motivated voters, many without enthusiastic partisan allegiance. The last is among the reasons Republican leaders must tread so carefully in deciding whether and how to co-opt the Tea Party. It’s not entirely theirs, and they need to ensure that the movement’s conservative populism doesn’t co-opt them as opposed to the other way around.

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 5, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
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I would say that the average American is not coming to the Tea Party. Tea partiers would protest if Jesus Christ asked them to chip in on the Last Supper. That's not what America is all about. Count me out.

Posted by: vryanb18 | April 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I don't want to live in a neo-feudal Ron Paul state with the teabaggers. Armed checkpoints at every town, crumbling infrastructure, even more rampant military spending, and a return to the barter system may thrill these loons, but not me.

But let them continue to eat their greasy, corn-syrup laden food (made cheap with government subsidies to farmer's union, er, i mean agriculture industry) while they whine about communism, socialism, nihilism, and isms in general.

My bet is that if the GOP wins, and subsequently starts another endless and expensive war in the middle east, they'll start piping down once the Draft is revived.

After all, Dick Cheney is their hero. And no one dodged the draft like Cheney.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | April 5, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Dick freaking Armey, with the Melon Scaiffe bankroll? Buncha tools.

Posted by: aprilglaspie | April 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The liberal, Democrat media have been harping and carping about the TEA Party patriots for months now.

It is a sure sign that the liberal, Democrat media fears and loathes the TEA PARTY patriots.

The liberal, Democrat media fears that their lord Obama may become another Jimmy Carter when all those voting patriots go to the polls in 2012.

Their fears seem to be well founded.

Posted by: battleground51 | April 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Something screwy about the data. Do 50% of all U.S. adults really make over $50k a year? I doubt it.

Posted by: newsraptor | April 5, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Read Mark Twain's "Letter to the Earth." The Tea Partiers are like Abner Scofield, a coal dealer in Buffalo, New York. Abner was a tight fisted individual who thought he was being generous if he put a nickel in the collection plate on Sunday. He believed in charity, but just not very much. People have a full range of attitudes ranging from those favoring Count Vlad the Impaler, to those favoring social reformer Jacob Rees. Somewhere in between you have Ebenezer Scrooge and Abner Scofield. The question has always been, should social welfare be left up to individual initiatives, ala Jacob Rees, or should the government enforce social welfare by taxing people like Abner Scofield? I would note that a tea bag is the wrong symbol for tax protesters (the Boston Tea Party was not about taxes). A whiskey bottle would be more appropriate as the so-called Tea Party is really more akin to the people involved in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The American Revolutionary War, for that matter, seems to have been organized by people who were running contraband molasses past British Revenue Service cutters to the rum distillers in Rhode Island. Then, of course, there was the Nullification Act in South Carolina in 1832; a grievance that eventually led to the Civl War (you can Google the Nullification Crisis if you are unfamiliar with the details).

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | April 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If the stereotype fits, report it. The tea party folx are all Republicans that are too proud to admit they are Republicans. Pride is the downfall of the GOP.

People who voted for Republicans are angry right now. The Republican Party has been fooling people into voting for them for decades despite their inability to deliver policies or laws that parallel the wishes of the majority of the constituency. If you are rich people then it makes sense that you would vote for Republicans because they will at any cost fight for the lowering of taxes for rich people, but aside from rich people Republicans do very little to improve the lives of average Americans.

How is it that Republicans get elected at all? What kind of fools would vote for somebody that cares so little for governing?

It seems every cultural position a Republican takes in public is meant to simply intensify and manipulate the emotions of people. They seem willing and able to find and exploit Americans who still think battles long lost are still being waged. Republicans of today are master manipulators of information and, they unfortunately for America, have powerful media corporations and lobbyist behind their cynical displays of misinformation and false hopes of resurrecting battles long lost to reasonable public policy and law. Republicans don’t make public policy to improve the lives of average Americans, they gain government positions to improve the situations of those who give them the most money and they gain positions of power by simply creating and manipulating public opinion facilitated by monies received.

People often discount our political system as broken but I believe this disputatious. There are huge differences between the Democrats and Republicans. I believe any American given the facts will come to find that Republicans of today have very little in mind when it comes to protecting liberty and justice for the majority in our country despite them using those words more than anybody.

I’m not going to let Republicans sell my country to the highest bidder. Democrats get my vote for years to come. I believe that Democrats are made up of the people who believe in liberty and justice for all Americans.

For me voting is like driving, vote R to go backwards, vote D to go forwards.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I’m not going to let Republicans sell my country to the highest bidder. Democrats get my vote for years to come. I believe that Democrats are made up of the people who believe in liberty and justice for all Americans.

For me voting is like driving, vote R to go backwards, vote D to go forwards.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA
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Vote R to Go Backwards
Vote D to Go Forwards.

I like this..perfect!!

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | April 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@ApostasyUSA:
one thing that always helps the GOP is that "liberty and justice for all Americans" are sometimes diametrically opposed positions.
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Nuance is something the GOP and Tea Party just doesn't try to do at all. Unfortunately, it's easier to attract with a simple, if flawed 'liberty and justice' message, than it is to actually explain the nuances of both.
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Dems get to do the explaining because the GOP can always find one simple example to scream about.

Posted by: rpixley220 | April 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

rpixley220,

Interesting point.

Then after Democrats explain the details of policy the Republicans get to tout Democrats as "too cerebral".

Oh no! Americans won't want smart people in office would they?! Funny.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - 50% of Tea Party adherents are registered Democrats or Independents and around 40% are Republicans with 10% "other". It sounds to me like the Tea Party is *very* reflective of the voting public and is scaring the bejesus out of the lame Wall Street puppets that compose the leadership of both established parties. To be sure, in that 10% there are the usual few racists, bigots, and nut jobs. But, in the Democratic Party, my former party, there are "free traitors", that think outsourcing 45 million jobs has been a good thing, the Brady Bunch, PETA and other leftist nut cases. And, to be sure, the Republican;s have plenty of operatives attempting to gain control of and steer the Tea Party to serve their goals. The plain fact is, most Tea Party members do not care to fight the cultural wars with the nut jobs from the right or left. They are concerned about jobs, and in particular job outsourcing, about bailing out banks and corporations that outsource jobs or invest offshore, and about a government that uses our jobs as carrots to garner support for it's silly foreign policy nonsense. Obama and the Democrat's apparently think they can buy "world peace" by shipping our jobs off to China and India and Egypt, et al. Well, the Tea Party thinks that isn't just a bad idea, an insane idea, but that the government has no right to do that, that it is responsibility of the government to use trade tariffs, taxes, duties, fees, and punitive taxes to put a stop to job outsourcing. We also feel that a government that routinely lies to us, as the past three Administrations have done, about real unemployment numbers, about the actual state of the economy, about foreign military adventures that serve no purpose but cheap oil and greater profits for oil companies, has lost any excuse for its continued existence. The Tea Party is the last best hope for restoring this country to it's roots.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Confirmation that Fox/Beck/Hannity et al have ONE agenda - - - to make millions basking in TV celebrity glory no matter what.
No matter What!

Posted by: lufrank1 | April 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Everything I have seen and heard about Tea Party proponents and I've met a few leads me to believe that most of the "tea-baggers" are being manipulated by extremist pundits (Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin to name a few) and are generally disgruntled people who would complain no matter what and can't be pleased by anyone for any reason.

They love to gripe; they believe that they love America better than anyone else; they believe that they are the "true" Americans.

I've also heard a lot of comments that smacks of racism; anti-immigrant comments have been made. Yet, if the truth is told we would have to admit that all those colonists who came to these shores came without permission or immigration papers. America is a mosaic and not one piece is more important than another.

They seem to be people who want to turn back the clock to another time, but that time never really existed.

They seem to want the smallest federal government possible yet want a strong military (which requires a strong federal government). They want limited government intervention but would be the first to call the police in the event of a crime, to call the fire department if their house caught on fire, or to call EMS if they were having a health emergency.

They seem to want to have all the guns they can possibly afford for "self-defense" yet do not want to accept the responsibility that comes with gun ownership when children are accidentally shoot themselves or someone else or when young people shoot up a school.

Perhaps I am being a bit harsh on the "tea-baggers," but their strident tones are disturbing, their rhetoric is malicious, and their mindset is less rarely reasonable or rational, their lack of compassion for others is disappointing, and their version of Christianity has no resemblance to Christ.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | April 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama and I'm disappointed. I voted for change. I was hoping for universal health care and a government take-over of banks.

The so-called 'tea party' is made up of a bunch of ignorant, white Christian minority haters. Reading how many Democrats are flocking over to the tea bagging way of thinking is hilarious.

Posted by: jimsillan | April 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes - the Tea-baggers are JUST like most Americans... if most Americans wore tin foil hats.

Posted by: nadinem | April 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Associated Press reviewed tea party chapters across the country, interviewing dozens of local organizers as well as Democratic and Republican strategists to produce a portrait of the movement to date -- and its prospects for tipping congressional elections this fall. Though it's far too early for any long-term verdict on the tea party -- even defining what short-term success would be for its members can be a challenge -- the AP found that:

--The embryonic movement is not as much a force that drives public opinion as a reflection of it.

--Local chapters are underfunded, loosely aligned and often at odds with one another.

--The lack of a single leader, issue or strategic goal sets them apart from most politically potent movements.

America's tea party is a hodgepodge of barely affiliated groups, a home to the politically homeless, a fast-growing swath of citizens who are frustrated with Washington, their own state capitals and both major political parties. Most describe themselves as conservatives or libertarians. They rarely identify themselves as Democrats.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Directly about this WP story on the google news page is the headline saying that 4 in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats and independents according to CBS, who did an extensive study. You on the Left are among the most uninformed people on the planet.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party, comprised of about 1/8 of registered Democrats, needs to work hard to draw in more racially and ethnically diverse activists. Absent that, they will continue to look like racists who suddenly hate all the institutions that have been screwing them for decades, now that a non-white resides in the White House. I think Obama was correct when he noted that HOPE is alot more nuanced and requires alot more focused work than simple fear, which people feel instinctively and react to viscerally - rather than analytically or inspirationally.

Posted by: BennyFactor | April 5, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Why, you might ask, is the WaPo so intent on writing negative articles about them every day? Seems odd for a bunch of inefecive, drooling, bigoted old gehzers. Why does this newspaper waste it's time?

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | April 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"The liberal, Democrat media fears that their lord Obama may become another Jimmy Carter"

Probably the biggest thing they have to fear is that the tea-parties drop the overblown and self-righteous rhetoric and develop clearly articulated positions or proposals. If that were to happen, they might be taken seriously by more voters.

But, as long as they rely on the cleverness of their insults (lord Obama etc.) more than the persuasiveness of their ideas, they will remain on the fringe.

Posted by: writinron | April 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

How about doing a poll on the percentage of racist, ignorant, paranoid, and stupid people among the teabaggers?

Can you say, "100 percent"?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh! I see the next talking point of the toe tappers!!

The next line coming from the Republican propagandists is that the tea party groups are made up of mostly Democrats, which is in fact a lie. Nice one Rove!

Is there no pride left in the GOP?


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Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 5, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Directly about this WP story on the google news page is the headline saying that 4 in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats and independents according to CBS, who did an extensive study. You on the Left are among the most uninformed people on the planet."


Um, yeah, I don't think you quite followed the article. The article suggested that lumping dems with independents makes it seem like a broad coalition (4/10--nearly half!) But if you lump the independents with the republicans, they account for 9/10 (not so broad). Preferably, we would treat each group separately: 6/10 are repubs; 3/10 are independents; 1/10 are dems. You can draw your own conclusions from there.

Posted by: writinron | April 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen-48%of voters say the average Tea party member is closer to their views than to Obama's. According to Gallup, 87% of tea party members over 50% of all Americans don't like the Health care bill. 2/3 consider themselves pro-life as opposed to 50% of Americans. The stats supporting the Tea Party's beliefs are fairly high and calling them a crazy fringe group is not supported by the numbers whether you hate them or not. They are a force of some consequence.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"50% of Tea Party adherents are registered Democrats or Independents and around 40% are Republicans"

Nice try, brooks, but no. A whopping 13 percent claim to be Democrats. 40 Repub vs 13 Dem DOES NOT, in any way, look representative of the US.

Teabaggerism = Rightwingnuttery. That's the fact, Jack!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

newsraptor posted April 5, 2010 1:56 PM
"Something screwy about the data. Do 50% of all U.S. adults really make over $50k a year? I doubt it."

That may have been the number before cheney and bush tanked the economy.

Posted by: knjincvc | April 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Yuo didn't mention the most obvious evidence, which is there is rarely a brown or black face in the crowd.

Posted by: Grandblvd03 | April 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

How about a breakdown by state.

Posted by: knjincvc | April 5, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

98% of tea party event participants were polled and believed their taxes have been raised by Obama's administration. Yet, for nearly all, they're federal taxes went down. It does no good preaching to the converted!

Posted by: killyourTV1 | April 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

There's a simple dichotomy between Tea Party activists and Progressives. One group is willing to sacrifice individual liberties for a promise of security from a large centralized government, and the other group is not. Who is right? Depends on if you gain some socioeconomic advantage from free handouts at the expense of the labor of others. Any government who takes from Peter and gives to Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Posted by: spete1972 | April 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

So, trying to characterize whitey.

Damn racists all of you.

What about NAACP, they're just like america right?

What about ACORN, they're just like america right?

What is the purpose of this article?

To marginalize the white worker.

Posted by: docwhocuts | April 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see what's really motivating the tea party movement, watch what happens the moment there is white president again.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | April 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

'Tea Party members are more likely to be male, slightly older and middle income.'

'Almost half the members of the group reported getting their news about national issues from Fox News, 10 percent of respondents said that talk radio is one of their top two sources, which is seven-points higher than the average voter.'

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/90541-survey-four-in-10-tea-party-members-dem-or-indie
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Interesting that Fox News scored so high among the Tea Baggers as a primary source of news.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | April 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I find it odd that the party members that crow about their tolerance don't hesitate to paint any and all groups that don't agree with them with very, very broad brushes. But please continue to do so on open forums such as this.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

And the Teapublicans are 100% RACIST.

Posted by: solsticebelle | April 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party members do in fact represent mainstream America . . . but The Washington Post and it's left wing journalists do not.

Posted by: rplat | April 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Why, you might ask, is the WaPo so intent on writing negative articles about them every day? Seems odd for a bunch of inefecive, drooling, bigoted old gehzers. Why does this newspaper waste it's time?

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama
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Were you talking about the WaPo, or the Tea Baggers? And to battleground51, yes, I fear the Tea Baggers, due to their overly loud protestations dominating the political discourse to everyone's detriment, including the Tea Baggers; if we can't have a rational discussion on the issues because a very vocal minority will only shout out such nebulous, uncontestable to the Tea Bagger's beliefs about how "their freedoms are being taken away" we're never going to get anywhere.
Finally, to milbrooks, you said it, the Tea Baggers want to go "back to our contries roots"... in other words damn the future, I don't like the way it is now, so let's go back to the past where things were more to their liking. Well, it's 2010, not 1950, and frankly until someone invents a time machine, we can't go back.

Posted by: PeterPamZ | April 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

To writinron: I think you are way off base. You give far too much credit to some folk. The phrase, "lord Obama" is hardly clever. It is typical of the type of argument we have all come to expect from people that are too lazy, or too opinionated, or both to take the time to read, think, and consider what the other side is saying before commenting. Case in point, the same writer is the indiviudal that paraphrases an article that reports four in ten Tea Party members are Democrats or Independents, and then argues that means there are a substantial number of Democrats in the group. What is that you say? Oh, only one of the Independents is a Democrat, so that means only one in ten Tea Partiers is a Democrat? Hmmm? Well, maybe so, but that is a pretty subtle point to expect the writer to grasp.

Posted by: kermit5 | April 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Where did Gallup come up with some of those numbers for 'All U.S. adults'? 75% of the U.S. adult population is non-hispanic white? As of 2008 try 65.6% according to Census data. Median income for U.S. adults $50K per year? As of 2007 more like $34K for men and $21K for women.

Posted by: newdusia | April 5, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg wrote: "So, no, none of this does much to bust widely-held myths about the Tea Party."

He can't help but admit that the Obama's administration and the media are creating and feeding "myths" about the Tea Party. Probably trying to keep his job and his editor happy at WashPo...

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | April 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I believe the average income per household is around $50,000, in any case it's easy to look up for anyone that's interested.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

There is a fundamental conflict between those who do not want government (the far right) and those that want to govern (the GOP).

This gap is filled by Tea Baggers.

As such, it is a political movement that goes far beyond taxation and spending issues.

Posted by: molsonmich | April 5, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960 - You invented you numbers, right? And, you're likely one of Obama's operatives that surfs the internet, looking for Democrat's that are sick of his incompetence and the corruption of the party leaders. I cite the LA Times, but Gallup and just about everyone else, but here's another cite:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/tea-party-demographics-tops-earthquake-big-roll

The fact is, most Tea Party sympathizers DO NOT want to fight the cultural wars, we are concerned about jobs, ending outsourcing, put a stop to this free trade nonsense. Everywhere I look, that is all I see mainstream Tea Party supporters saying. It is you and your fellow lunatics that call them racists or whatever. Well, they aren't. Actually, the only genuinely bigots I hear from are nuts from the looney left, like you, Obama's gerbils, and DNC operatives seeking to destroy a movement that poses a distinct threat to their living off Wall Street handouts.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 5, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hi, I would like to just asked one question? How come most of the people with the "TEA Party" are all white? This country is suppose to be for everyone not just white people. This is what my understanding of the USA is all about.Please can you me how come most of the people in the TEA Party are all white? And why are they always the one's that have so much hate for everyone else?

Posted by: aedmond | April 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the excessive use of the prejorative term "teabagger," one can only assume a substantial portion of the intellectually-challenged commenters have personal knowledge of the activity.

Posted by: jpost1 | April 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

RE:
Vote R to Go Backwards
Vote D to Go Forwards.

More likely:
Republicans = Reverse to Go Backwards
Democrats = Drive Progressively Forward

Posted by: pv2bdrco | April 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

If only every american had a superior liberal intellect, they would all see the wisdom in trillion dollar budget deficits. Don't those stupid rednecks realize that money grows on trees?

Posted by: peterg73 | April 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not a Tea Party member, free speech and the right to gather are very precious commodities in America that are not available in many countries as is,I suppose, the right to bash those that do speak out. I wish that the level of discourse could be higher and fought with actual stats and facts on both sides but again, we have freedom of speech. It would behoove the Left to give more statistics and logic rather than name calling however. I realize that the Right also uses underhanded tactics but they do tend to give more substantial reasons for their beliefs in general. The Left need to back up their arguments with logic and historical references as opposed to emotions and feelings.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

And Aedmond, the reason that so many Tea Party members are white is this. Minorities have historically voted Democrat and as it's been proven, there are more Republican tea party members than otherwise. Now you'll have to come up with your own reason why this is so but don't believe the tripe out there that all republicans are racists and all Democrats are not. Experience with people in general has taught me otherwise and anyone that's truly honest would agree.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The Congressional Black Caucus claimed to have heard 15 shouts of the N-word when they paraded by the teapartiers after the healthcare signing. Yet none of the recording equipment there, including those of their staffers, found evidence of it. But this is hard evidence of the type of character assasination (aka,lies) that are being used to discredit the teapartiers.

Tea Partiers want to stop runaway government spending, runaway entitlement programs and general runaway government growth.

It's true that there are hardly any blacks in the tea party. But blacks, as a group, like entitelment programs. They voted for Obama as they voted for Marion Barry (who smoked crack w/a hooker on tv, but still got reelected). And if not being racially mixed is the definition of racism, then what does that make the Congressional Black Caucus??

Posted by: williamporterfield | April 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

While the liberals continue to spew juvenile insults and phony accusations, the TEA Party Movement keeps moving forward, growing bigger & stronger.

See you on the Mall April 15th.

See you in the voting booth in November...

Posted by: pmendez | April 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

AEDMON: Why is something automatically bad if it is mostly white? Is NAACP automatically bad because it is mostly black? Is La Raza bad because it is mostly latino? Is CAIR bad because it is mostly Muslim? Is B'Nai B'rith bad because it is mostly Jewish?

If blacks don't choose to join the TEA Party Movement, for whatever reason, does that mean the TEA Party has to shut itself down?

Posted by: pmendez | April 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of this upatriotic claptrap from the Rabid Right. For your information, battleground51, Barack Obama is President of the United States. He was elected with more votes than Bush/Cheney ever received. He's not "lord Obama," he is President, whether you like it or not.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | April 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

One portion of the poll that Stromberg did not reveal is that 37% of Americans support the ideas of the Tea Party while only 41% support the Democrats and 43% the Republicans (Tea Party and Republican supporters overlap).

So, the Tea Party definitely is not fringe, its supporters are growing, while the Democrats supporters are declining.

The more that the liberals harangue about the Tea Party, the more popular it becomes.

Posted by: mike85 | April 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Hi, s you are saying that the reason the "Tea Party Group" is mostley white is because most Black are Democrate. Like I was asking, what about all the other people that live here that are not black or white. How come they are not a member of the "TEA Party". Do the TEA Party people only went only white people in the party or is it open to all color's who hate the same people that wht white Tea party people hate?

Posted by: aedmond | April 5, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

There's a simple dichotomy between Tea Party activists and Progressives. One group is willing to sacrifice individual liberties for a promise of security from a large centralized government, and the other group is not. Who is right? Depends on if you gain some socioeconomic advantage from free handouts at the expense of the labor of others. Any government who takes from Peter and gives to Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Posted by: spete1972 | April 5, 2010 3:22 PM


Yeah, the group willing to give up everyone's rights but their own for "a promise of security from a strong centralized government" would be the teabaggers, who were either silent, or cheering Bush Jr on with a "way to stick it to those terrorists and liberals" regarding the Patriot Act, warrantless spying on US citizens and their purely domestic communications, torture as official US policy, indefinite detention and suspension of habeas corpus.

When the Constitution needed as much support as possible during the years of the Bush Jr Administration and GOP control of Capitol Hill, the teabaggers were nowhere to be found, which makes their current off-key caterwauling and whining about the loss of Constitutional freedoms so much easily-debunked hypocrisy of the most blithering type.

And since it was the teabaggers who first insisted on the term before knowing what it meant, it's just more willfully-ignorant hypocrisy from a group made up of secession-loonies, gun-toting thugs and knuckle-draggers irate about everything but wanting nothing to change.

Posted by: kingcranky | April 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

But this is hard evidence of the type of character assasination (aka,lies) that are being used to discredit the teapartiers.
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Wrong. My husband was there. A teapartier yelled to a woman holding a sign in support of HCR, "At least if there are more abortions, more black people will be killed." That's a quote. Real nice patriotic "Americans", huh?

Posted by: beaker1 | April 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the excessive use of the prejorative term "teabagger," one can only assume a substantial portion of the intellectually-challenged commenters have personal knowledge of the activity.

Posted by: jpost1
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Many words have more than one meaning. The Teabaggers are the ones that mailed tea bags; the Boston Patriots spilled loose leaf tea.

Guys like Dick Army who many think is the sandbagger of the Teabagger movement has a name made up of words that have more than one meaning.

Like Dick Army's name should be capitalized the proper noun Teabagger also should be; if teabagging is used as a verb it should not be capitalized.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Aedmond, I used the word minorities in answering your question. Whites are the majority as compared to any other one ethnic group in this country. And again, I'm not a Tea party member but I sincerely believe they would welcome any ethnic group with the same goals as theirs. I've known Asian people that don't like white people. I've known white people that don't like black people. I've know Mexican people of Spanish descent that don't like the original Mexican people in Mexico. I've known Catholics that don't like Protestants and visa versa. Heck, I've known one woman that doesn't like anyone that's not Ukranian. Each and every group has some racists but to attach that label to one group and one group only is not only a lie but in my opinion, downright evil

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Pmendez wrote:
"While the liberals continue to spew juvenile insults and phony accusations, the TEA Party Movement keeps moving forward, growing bigger & stronger.

See you on the Mall April 15th.

See you in the voting booth in November..."

pmendez - I'll be there too. And i invite all folks, black, red, yellow, brown and white, that believe government should quit taking over our lives, to join us.

Posted by: williamporterfield | April 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Independents will think and Vote Independently America! -- NOT RED, BLUE, or T-Bag-Brown,-- but VOTE PATRIOT! - "Take Our Republic back"!! ---- The OBAMA' CONGRESS- (RED&BLUE) has Claimed the continued $Economic T-errorist Attack upon the most hurting U.S. Citizens! - CONGRESS has done "NOTHING" to help the Low-Income Workers,- or the under-Employed Slave-Wage Workers,- or the Suffering Citizens Living in "POVERTY"!! - Add them up America!- That is over 105-MILLION U.S. Citizens getting the on-going Economic SHAFT! - Under the the CLINTON Policies,-- we would be 'OUT-of-DEBT' in 2 years= by 2012. - BUT, because of BUSH / REPUBLICAN $BANKster / $CORPster TRAITOR Cronyism,-- WE-the-People are NOW in DEBT by over $14-TRILLION!! DA!? - NO - NO to the B.S.'trickle-down' CRAP!! -- FACTs prove that BUSH and REPUBLICAN $BANKster Buddies destroyed Our Nation's ECONOMY / JOBS! - It will take decades to Recover! - Unless, WE-the-People Demand "REAL CHANGE". Not DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN Anti-People "CRAP" $BANK Controled Policy!! -- WE must Vote-OUT these 2-party criminal TRAITORS!! -- "IF" President BARACK OBAMA is Honest & Truthful about His' Campaign Promises,-- then He will demand that CONGRESS Stop playing 'turn-coat' against the Citizenry. And END the FRAUD & LIES- CONGRESS!! -- Those SENATORS whom $Bailed-OUT the Globalist $BANKsters must be REMOVED from OFFICE NOW!!! They Violated their' OATHS-of-OFFICE! -- UNITE AMERICAN PATRIOTS,- and VOTE-OUT the Economic Terrorists whom invaded OUR CONGRESS,- and Supported & $BAILED the Globalist Criminals whom Raped Our' great Nation!!

Posted by: jward52 | April 5, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Independents will think and Vote Independently America! -- NOT RED, BLUE, or T-Bag-Brown,-- but VOTE PATRIOT! - "Take Our Republic back"!! Posted by: jward52
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Obama did take back America. Even the Republican's were trying to take back America by nominating McCain.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks: "koolkat_1960 - You invented you numbers, right?"


Um no, idiot, I took them from the same story you did. The percentage of Democratic teabaggers is actually even lower than I had thought -- a mere 13 percent.

Your "40 percent are Democrats or independents" is a meaningless statistic. You might as well say "or zebras" too.

Teabaggers are rightwingnuts. FACT.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

There isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two dominant parties. I will say that the Democrats are at least forthright about wanting more and bigger government. Republicans talk a lot about making government smaller, but never do. And if you call me a teabagger, be prepared to accept my sack in your face.

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

I hear"'take back America" from both sides of the spectrum. Exactly what does that mean? Take back America from who and give it to who?

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

So thebink, to hate is Ok with you, right! And the white people that are so anger with so much hate to other's then there own is also Ok with you. Just what do you think these other race groups are thinking about when you say that it is evil here you say it is Ok to hate!This is what I am talking about it is not Ok to hate any one group. Just becase you know people that hate does not make it OK for yu to hate.

Posted by: aedmond | April 5, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop using the vulgar moniker "The Teabag Party" ?

I find it very offensive against the bags one uses to make tea.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 5, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

While the liberals continue to spew juvenile insults and phony accusations, the TEA Party Movement keeps moving forward, growing bigger & stronger.

Posted by: pmendez
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And splitting the conservative vote.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | April 5, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

aedmond, you're intentionally twisted my response to you for whatever reason. You are obviously full of hate yourself and not worth any further response from me.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hi, "thebink" this is the way a person try's to get out of changing there way of thinking. By telling the one person they are talking to, has hate in them, but not themself. You called me evil, you called a person that hate's, I have never called you any names or said that you are a white person who hate's. We were just talking and you have already begin to hate me. For what reason!!! Because I think different then you do? This is the America and I do not have think like you. So, I will not call you any names...

Posted by: aedmond | April 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Regardeless of what affilliation they claim, they are all right wingers. Most of them try to distance themselves from the Republican Party because it is not right enough for them. Hence the "independent" claim!

Posted by: Max4 | April 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Care to mention how many Asian Americans are tea-partiers?

Posted by: bhuang2 | April 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Tea baggers look just like America. 1850 America. Lily white with their knuckles dragging behind them.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | April 5, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Baggers represent the unholy unborn union between cult right wing radio and the uneducated and easily misled Republicans.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | April 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Neil Cavuto over at FOXNEWS is still implying that Democrats have a big roll in the Tea Party.

FOXNEWS ALERT! All the people over at FOXNEWS have begun a campaign to say government workers make more than others. Gee what's their angle on this misinformation?

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear why the Town Halls and the Tea Party movement was formed in the first place. It wasn't because of the Republicans. It was because of President Obama. It wasn't because of both parties, it was formed only because of President. There's no model in the past that could be linked to the present. They were formed because of here and now and the direction this country is headed. The time to caution was when the Democrats had the opportunity to prevent the Tea Party movement from forming. Instead they choose to be tone deaf to the people and go against the wishes of the people. The Tea Party movement was born out of the corruption and trickery in this administration. No one should blame the Tea Party movement for their freedom of speech, they should what caused them to form in the first place.

Posted by: houstonian | April 5, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Who needs to analyze poll data? There are millions of Tea Party patriots everywhere nowadays. Just talk to them. That will show who they are and what they want. I encourage everyone to talk to them. You'll learn a lot.... and that they haven't learned a lot. Ever.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 5, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I am certain that there is a mistake in the figures about salaries. The MEAN salary of adults in the U.S. may be $50,000, but that does NOT mean that 50% of American adults earn more than $50,000 per year. The income distribution is far from normal or bell shaped, and has a very long tail toward the high end, distorting the mean away from the median.

Posted by: Lamentations | April 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This author would have defended the brownshirts of the 3rd Reich, similar to the spin piece for the modern-day brownshirts. Perhaps a year ago, some people would have been gullible enough to believe the nonsense presented here. After a year of violence, racist and homophoblic slurs, spitting, insane conspiracy theories, and politics based on sci fi fantasies, a person would have to have been in hiding to not be aware of the realities of the 'tea party' klansmen.

Posted by: revbookburn | April 5, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to a Tea Party guy today, just after he pumped out my septic tank. Hard working guy. His dream was to become a double-naught, but they required more than a sixth grade education.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The liberal, Democrat media have been harping and carping about the TEA Party patriots for months now.

It is a sure sign that the liberal, Democrat media fears and loathes the TEA PARTY patriots.

The liberal, Democrat media fears that their lord Obama may become another Jimmy Carter when all those voting patriots go to the polls in 2012.

Their fears seem to be well founded.

Posted by: battleground51
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The liberal, Democrat media is only as liberal and Democrat as the audience it serves. The media is all about ratings. They make more money for every person they draw to watching their program. Therefore, they say what people want to hear based on the current political climate.

If you believe the media is liberal, it's because you're more conservative than the average viewer. If you believe the media is conservative, it's because you're more liberal than the average viewer. That's why Fox News and MSNBC are still around. They pander to a very loyal following who don't stray from their one source of information.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | April 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I have some numbers for you -- 100 million eligible voters didn't vote in 2008. (133 million did vote) Those apathetic, tuned out voters are now tuning in. November will be a real eye opener. The masses are paying attention again. The polls will never reflect what is going to happen because it's a movement that is not tangible -- it's a silent stampede. Overreach in DC never lasts long.

Posted by: BadNews | April 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

To houstonian, the USA has had people or groups that have not like how the goverment works. But in these groups it was every race in these groups. The 1960, 1970, 1980, and 1990. This year again the "Tea party" is still only "WHITE" people. And yes I do know it is because of Obama. But not for his policies, it for his different look then the people that belong to the "Tea Party". The Tea party people would like to have there own State, there own country, there own schools, there own area where they live. How is that takening back America? The other races are here and our goverment in the pass has open our doors to them. What do you went? For the goverment to send them all back even if they were born here just like you. This is not a White country or a black country. This is a country for all that were born here in America.

Posted by: aedmond | April 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, gotta love the commenters who clearly didn't read the story.

Posted by: acebojangles | April 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The liberal, Democrat media have been harping and carping about the TEA Party patriots for months now.

It is a sure sign that the liberal, Democrat media fears and loathes the TEA PARTY patriots.

Posted by: battleground51
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Yes, I'm afraid of the tea party. I'm afraid they're a bunch of wack jobs and once they get guns and explosives in their hands, it will take only a few lunatics among them to introduce a body count to the festivities.

Oh wait... there already is a body count, if you consider flying a plane into an IRS building to be a heroic, patriotic act of protest. (I call it terrorism... tomato, tomahto.)

You guys are treading the line between the right to peaceable assembly guaranteed by the Constitution and the threat of violent attack. Some of your lot have already crossed the line. Civilized Americans should be concerned.

Posted by: jamshark70 | April 5, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Baggers are a joke! The Republican's went down to Quartzite, Arizona and picked up all the motorhome rock hounds to tag along with them across the Country. These people sell their wears of different items (rocks, clothing, home made anythings)to each other down in Arizona every year. Dick Armey and the Republicans pulled a con-job on these people and told them they wouldn't be able to sell their stuff anymore with the Obama Administration, so now they are going across the County selling the stuff to anyone that comes out to the Tea Baggers meetings, but they have added buttons, flags, signs to their stuff. Perfect!

Posted by: lunetrick | April 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"....I've known Asian people that don't like white people. I've known white people that don't like black people. I've know Mexican people of Spanish descent that don't like the original Mexican people in Mexico. I've known Catholics that don't like Protestants and visa versa. Heck, I've known one woman that doesn't like anyone that's not Ukranian. Each and every group has some racists but to attach that label to one group and one group only is not only a lie but in my opinion, downright evil." --Thebink

There's a huge difference between not liking someone and treating them as a lesser being and encouraging others to do so, as many Tea Partiers have done right in public recently. Negative stereotypes exist everywhere, but more tolerant people try to educate themselves and see commonalities as more important than differences. Others, unfortunately, latch on to those differences--especially the ones they consider negative--and exploit them shamelessly for their own gain and perverted pleasure.

Now, how many conservatives are reaching out and joining interfaith councils, standing beside their friends of color instead of saying, "well, there goes the neighborhood," or refusing to forward the racist jokes e-mailed by insensitive (Republican) in-laws?

How many of them, instead, are shouting about minorities (whom they automatically assume are illegal immigrants) taking jobs away from "real" Americans, cheering about "more abortions means fewer blacks,"
and taking pains to donate their earthquake relief dollars only to those groups that trade food for religious conversion?

I'm surrounded on all sides by both conservatives and liberals from the world over, and I can tell you where the majority of the bigotry is coming from, and who's aching to act on it.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | April 5, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Get your numbers right. It's not 50% that oppose Obamacare, it's more like 54% according the last pollings I saw. Not a huge difference but certainly more than half. And what difference does it make what the makeup of the tea partiers is? I think it's a lot more noteworthy that so many people feel compelled to try and get their voices heard because the politicos aren't listening. And who is this "right-leaning polling firm?" Are they nameless? Are they a credible source? Why do so many of you guys use unnamed "sources" for justification of your premise?

Posted by: anti-danyboy | April 5, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Democrat woman, and anti-big-brother/socialist NEW Tea party advocate/activist, my message for wishful thinkers such as this writer is: keep on bamboozling and being bamboozled by the socialist obamacracy. Enjoy you summer; fun is too too short, and NEW lifelong-Democrats-turned-Tea-Party-activists such as myself, are going to have a very busy six months to talk the talk and walk the walk until we rid our congress of these nasty dastardly leftist zombies and union representations, and get to work repealing this ruinous piece of garbage called obummercare.

See you in November!

Posted by: pouran-doukht | April 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The primary difference between Tea Partiers and the general population is that the Tea Partiers ar on average more intelligent. Just look at some of the posters responding to the story for evidence.

Posted by: standard_guy | April 5, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Well standard_guy, if the opposition to the tea party as evidenced by some here, who will remain unnamed, and have exactly 0 critical thinking skills, I'm rooting for you all.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

It was not very along ago that Democrats told us, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." (A quote wrongly attributed to Thomas Jefferson).

What has changed? Why are the Tea-Partiers and their dissent not considered as making the highest form of patriotism?

Is Code Pink's continued dissent against the wars in Iraq and Afghanist still part of that highest form of patriotism?

Why is legitimate fear of fiscal catastrophe, and protest and dissent associated with it not part of that highest for of patriotism?

Victor Welch,
Galveston, TX

Posted by: victorwelch | April 5, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

And Edgewood VA, if you saw my family, who I love dearly, you would see the Rainbow Coalition.

Posted by: thebink | April 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse


The teabaggers are the most anti-American organization in America today. They are all dyed-in-the-wool white supremacists who want entitlements for whites only.

Posted by: demtse | April 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone seriously contend that the Tea Party movement has a sizable Democratic contingent? Where were these protesters between the years 2001 and 2008? But suddenly in 2009 they saw the light and started protesting about deficit spending and outsourcing, as if those things hadn't been in full swing during the Bush years. And of course it's only a coincidence that one of their chief spokesman, Dick Armey, was a ranking Republican in the House during most of the 12 years they held the majority?

It is a free country and you can believe that the Republicans, when returned to power, will be the fiscally responsible friend of the working man and enemy of Wall St - if that's your fantasy.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

So you get paid, money I'm assuming, to point out the fact that an ideological movement has ideological ties? You have to be kidding me!

Breaking news: The majority of members of a conservative/ libertarian movement are conservative! And surprisingly most of them disagree with the one of the main things they are protesting!

You know people don't bother to join protest groups if they don't have ideological ties. And many people who ARE NOT part of the tea party agree with their ideas.

Posted by: RJlupin1 | April 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Re: CynthiaD1

Re: "It is a free country and you can believe that the Republicans, when returned to power, will be the fiscally responsible friend of the working man and enemy of Wall St - if that's your fantasy."

First, thanks for considering the idea that is a free country and dissent is allowed. But, your quote above seems to indicate what many observers have said -- the Tea Party move distrusts both parties. Is that not a valid conclusion?

Posted by: victorwelch | April 5, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Victorwelch - if the Tea Party is not a tool of the Republican party then why don't they form a third party? And all I keep hearing from these people is the supposed comeuppance that the Democrats are going to get in November. Who's going to administer that - the Libertarian Party?

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Stephen for reassuring me that I am not out in left field feeling completely alienated by the Tea Party. That is a slice of America that is repugnant to me.

Posted by: DavidH3 | April 5, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

There are polls, darned polls, and political pundits, with pundits spinning polls to their like.
Last week's USA Today/Gallup poll found that 37% of Americans have a favorable view of the Tea Party. With dems and repubs scoring just a few points ahead.
It's kind of hard to marginalize over one third of the American people, but this column certainly tries.

Posted by: mtpeaks | April 5, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's a recap of past events: Obama won handily in 2008 with the electoral vote and received 52% of the popular vote. During the campaign he frequently touted health care reform as one of his high priorities. Democratic Presidents have been seriously pushing for national health care since Truman.

Anyone who claims to be a lifelong Democrat but is upset about "socialist" Obamacare is, at least in part, a liar.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Big News: Most tea party members are just plain folks. wow

It took me about five minutes of walking through one crowd at one tea party rally to see that these are everyday people. Nobody with spiked purple hair or chains hanging from their lips. Nobody wearing a grim reaper costume. And nobody holding a noose around an effigy of any president. Still, utterly normal people.

Posted by: RossOdom | April 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"impression that the movement is conservative, extremely anti-Obama" -- I think it's more accurate to say that tea-partiers are "anti-Obama-policies." I met Obama supporters at one tea party,and while they supported Obama in general, they were opposed to many of his policies, including this current healthcare thing.

And whether so-called tea-partiers are or are not like most people, they are like a LOT of people, many of whom have shed automatic party loyalty for substantive issues.

The amazing thing to me is that most people I know and new people I meet daily in my business have never been to a tea-party gathering (they work) but are in overwhelming agreement. The best thing about the phenomenon of tea parties is that they've liberated many from the fear -- yes, the fear -- of speaking against Obama's policies. It's "racist," don't you know. The attempt of the administration and the general media to characterize so-called tea-partiers as out of the mainstream, if not terrorists, continues; but as more and more people step up and speak out against policies they find threatening to this country's well-being, it will be harder to make them look like the SEIU leader-thugs and the New Black Panthers that they are not.

Posted by: Beauxo | April 5, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I put a lot of the blame for the success of the Tea Party in capturing national attention on the Democrats and Independent voters who elected Obama in 2008. After the November 2008 win few of the 52% of the electorate who voted for him, countered the Tea Party with their own loud and raucous counter demonstrations. And the so called liberal mainstream media has helped abet them by reporting on their movement as if the truly represent the majority of Americans. I was at the Capitol the day before the vote and by my estimates the protesters were about 3 or 4 thousand in number at best. Yet CNN reported the crowd at a ludicrous 20,000 or more.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

It's really sad what comes out of the coalition of coalition of Rethuglicans, Birthers, Deathers, Tenthers, Screamers, Teabaggers, I want my country back ultra racists, and dumber than joe the plumber is nothing but LIES! They just flatly LIE on this and other blogs without facts. They can always spew polls. When that fails, the resort to rethuglikkkon tactics.

Teabaggers have always been the dispossessed and disgruntled in our society. However, I do not remember, in the past 40 years, such a large group willing to vote against their own self interest. The Republican Conservatives and Tea Party clowns like Beck, have whipped the low information, small-minded, white working poor, into a frenzy for the benefit of ultra-wealthy, Right-wing-media manipulating, fascist corporatists, whose sole purpose is bending laws in their favor to make more money and gain more political power, not serve the needs of the very people who go out and protest for them. Lobbyists for giant corporations and über-wealthy Neo-Cons, like the Scaife Foundation and Freedom Works, are behind the Tea Party. Their apparent M.O. is to let the "little people", the peasants, take to the streets and protest and get angry and shout down the very government that protects their rights in order to take away those freedoms by starving the Federal government of needed tax revenue. These giant Corporations want no government regulations put on their businesses, in order to squeeze more dollars into their bloated coffers. Goodbye FDA, FCC, FAA, FTC, SEC. Hello tainted foods, bad drugs, airline safety violations, Wall Street chaos.

Posted by: numbers28 | April 5, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

NOTE! to all who are thinking about trashing the Tea Party.

The Tea Party is the most legitimate and authentic American movement since the Sons of Liberty organized in Boston.

Every lie you spout strengthens the Movement.

The general Public is in the Process of Deciding...

Who is right and who is wrong...

Who is telling the truth and who is lying...

Those attacking the Tea Party with lies are making it obvious to the undecided public....who is right and who is wrong.

NOTICE!!

ALL YOU ATTACKING THE TEA PARTY!

you TWO Choices

1.) JOIN the TEAPARTY
- and make it STRONGER

2.) ATTACK the TEAPARTY
- and make it STRONGER

(it’s also possible that you could move to another more advanced country)

Posted by: jalexander11 | April 5, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the promises of a Republican avalanche this November will join the Dewey beats Truman forecast in 1948 in legendary bad forecasting. Look it up, it was so strongly believed by all the newspapers in 1948 that a Truman defeat was considered a done deal, and very early in that year. The day after the election, the Washington Post magnanimously included this question in that day's editorial, "Mr. President, how should we eat our crow?"

If not, then I offer the Tea Party sympathizers this warning: Careful what you wish for, it might come true. If you believe that the GOP is truly the party of fiscal responsibility then you weren't paying attention during this first decade of the millennium.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat Party is run by the far left. Tax and spend, more Federal control over our lives. That to many is an extreme position. The Tea Party believes in Constitutional Government, reduced Federal interference in our lives, fiscal responsibility. If that is extreme than I am an extremist. The Left can label all they want. People can make their own decisions. I don't need the news media to decide for me who is the extremist.

Posted by: bobbo2 | April 5, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"impression that the movement is conservative, extremely anti-Obama" -- I think it's more accurate to say that tea-partiers are "anti-Obama-policies." I met Obama supporters at one tea party,and while they supported Obama in general, they were opposed to many of his policies, including this current healthcare thing.

Beauxo - the only real Obama voters who are upset with him about healthcare reform are those who think that this new legislation to be too timid for not embracing single payer. In other words, they wanted govt. to have a bigger role in health care.

But as I said earlier, any person who claims to have voted for Obama in 2008 and is upset about "socialist" Obamacare ( he campaigned on the issue frequently in 2008) is a liar.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | April 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A lot of liberals are really hateful, huh?

Nice name calling folks. It demonstrates how "tolerant" you are.

Posted by: bobmoses | April 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Tea baggers show us who they are every time they go out and tea bag in public. Racist signs, stupid signs (the joker ones and the hitler ones and the watermellon eating ones, and the birther themed ones and many other are just so infantile they beggar description. So who are thee people? Dim wits with too much time on their hands who are primarily furious because a brown person is in charge of "their" country. They cannot articulate in any factual or cogent way WHY they are angry at current policies. they cannot begin to articulate a sane, rational policy agenda as an alternative. Just "cut taxes and abolish society."

And what adult honestly goes running around in a Revolutionary War halloween costume excepting at the end of October?

Tea baggers are more than welcome to their opinions, but they beleive that means they can make up a fictoinal set of "facts" to support those opinions. The best hope for the nation is that they run lots of candidates to challenge RINOs and thereby purge and purify the republicon party.

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Last week a couple of Teabagger honchos were on Larry King saying they would do away with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted by: dutchess2 | April 5, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A lot of liberals are really hateful, huh?

Nice name calling folks. It demonstrates how "tolerant" you are.

Posted by: bobmoses
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Were you out of the country during last summer's town hall meetings?

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 5, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

first, there are several Tea Parties, not one. I don't know how this research was conducted but if the poll identified one specific group it is not valid.

second, this analysis minimizes the importance of independents in any election; they are the swing vote which decides many elections, particularly in those districts and states which Obama carried for such a lop sided electoral win. If a large segment of this group are identifying with a more conservative fiscal approach it does not bode well for Democrats in the upcoming elections.

One way liberal pundits will try to minimize the dissatisfaction and discontent of the electorate will be to demonize the Tea Parties and isolate them from the mainstream. The will do so at their own peril.

Posted by: bobfbell | April 5, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

You guys can't even freakin read. The "4 in 10" are Democrats or independants is true, but of that 40% only 15% at the very high end are identified as Democrats. hardly a groundswell of Democrats leaving the party to tea bag each other along with republicons. And a more telling in depth would look at the demography of that group. Are these the holdout Democrats of the Old South Democratic party? The Strom Thurmonds and Jesse helms democrats who never changed party affiliation officially when the Democrats became a party of social justice and civil rights? There is no doubt that the tea baggers are a hard right conservative, therefore republicon, group. They are not challenging democrats, they are chalenging republicons who are insufficiently pure. the ones who don't believe Jesus rode on dinosaurs to inspect the damage of Noah's flood in the grand Canyon.

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

There are no conservatives in America - only NeoCons who supported Reagan doubling the National Debt and putting every America on welfare with his tax cuts. The NeoCons of today, including the tea baggers, are the world's biggest welfare queens.

The NeoCon Republicans are the Party Of the Rich, By the Rich, and For the Rich. Nothing matters to them except to make the rich richer.

President Obama has accomplished more good in 15 months than Bush and his fellow NeoCons did in 8 years. America is lucky to have him.

Posted by: chucky-el | April 5, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Ask tea baggers why they are protesting tax policy and they'll tell you their taxes were increased by Obama. Flat out not true.

Ask them why they oppose the health insurance law and they'll tell you one of a number of things - it covers illegals, death panels, can't chose a doctor, it is government run, they'll send you to prison for not having insurance...Again, all flat out not true. So you have to ask why there is a small but very noisy groups of unemployeed white conservaitve middle aged men who are furious about things that are fictional. Fux news? talk radio? email forwards? phony bogs? Latent racism? It is most correct to say there is really a mix of those deliberate sources of misinformation and disinformation and a willingness to feed into because of the latent racism and the sense that old white men are really losing relevance. Anger from fear, ignorance, and impotence. Viola! the tea baggers in a nut shell.

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. "

Sound like the tea party mantra?
What famous President said this?

Still relevant today, but certianly not the mantra of the socialist Obama.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

think of the logic for a second -- tea baggers are affriad that the government is going to "pull the plug on grandma." Total horse manure, but they actually beleive it. AT THE SAME TIME -- the tea baggers want to abolish Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaide. Which would pull the plug on EVERYONE'S Grandma for real. Not just the ones who are deathly ill, but everyone. And what exactly do they imagine would take the place of these highly successful and mecessary programs? Have you tea baggers ever opened a history book and maybe found out WHY those programs exist? Have you ever done ANY social research and found out WHY those programs are so popular?

Just keep tea bagging and purifying the party out of existance. it is your God given patriotic duty as mouth breeders.

Posted by: John1263 | April 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Hutarees. Tea partiers. Republicans. A nice mess you got us into. Stanley.

Posted by: brantdavis07 | April 5, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

battleground51, your paranoia is showing. The "liberal, Democrat media" is mostly owned by conservative, Republican corporations. And given that Obama's public approval has been on the upswing, your other claims are also unfounded.

Posted by: Ilikemyprivacy | April 5, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I think that there are tea partiers, and then there are TEA PARTIERS!

Tea partiers are, for the most part, reactionaries who think that they want the country to return to the "good old days" of their youth, when their (mainly) law-abiding, conservative parents believed everything they were told by the president. Many of them were born during or directly after the depression, and they know the value of their hard-earned dollars. They don't understand macroeconomic theory, and the federal deficit frightens them. They may or may not be Fox News viewers or Limbaugh listeners, but they are swept along in the parade.

Then there are the TEA PARTIERS! They're the lunatic fringe - the spitters, the epithet-hurling, rude-sign-carrying, bullying, angry ones, who have long harbored deep animosity for the government. Some, but not all of them are raging racists, angry that a black man has the audacity to tell THEM what to do. They remember bitterly the fight against civil rights, and they've never gotten over desegregation. I know that these people exist. They are my parents.

Posted by: borntorun45 | April 5, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

What do the liberals have to compare to the tea party movement?
Code Pink?
Apparently you weren't and aren't angry enough about the Wars?
About the debt?
Still posting comments on Bush even though he has been gone for over a year....
How pathetic is that.
A disgruntled minority harping and commenting on websites about Americans who
actually do go out and protest what they believe is wrong.
Guessing because you are in the minority, the liberals, that there isn't enough of you to attract the MSM.

Posted by: secjet1 | April 5, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Many have compared Tea-Baggers to Ross Perot's followers. They seem to listen to Fox and Talk Radio! They do not seem really independent minded; they seem dangerously confused! Once they study matters instead of senselessly shouting, their views might change!
Once the Public Understands President Obama's Health Care Bill, their views will change. The Rich and their Republican servants want to tell as many audacious Lies as Possible! Seek the Truth and the Truth will set you Free! Honor is the First of All Virtues! Honor means to Honor the Truth above All Else. Honor is the only Virtue that cannot be twisted to serve Evil. All Other virtues can be twisted to serve EVil, even the second ranked Virtue, Courage. The Rich and the Republicans are totaly without Honor!

Posted by: Xeno7777777 | April 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

what the numbers show is that 40% of the tea party are either independents or democrats. in other words, its a mainstream, broadbased and altogether common sense movement.

its important insofar as it makes a complete mockery of liberals in the media and the democratic party who try to portray the tea parties as "extremists" or motivated by racism. who needs to be motivated by anything crazy when there are so mnay bread and butter issues that the democratically controlled federal government is dropping the ball on?

Posted by: dummypants | April 5, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the liberal media and the Obama Regime fear the Tea-party's political power.

If they didn't, they wouldn't be working overtime to demonize them.

Posted by: thinker16 | April 5, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I only wish the tea party crowd had not been silent while bush/reps were running the economy into the ground.Where were they then in a coma or what?That fact shows how phoney they really are.They need to shut up draw their gov ssi checks and except the fact that the majority of the people elected an african America as President and they DO NOT represent America not now or ever and never will.

Posted by: smorrow | April 5, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"Tea Bagger" is a gay slur refering to
an oral practice among gay men involving
the scrotum and testes. Why does the
media allow my fellow Liberals to use it
against The Town Hall Protestors? I am
a supporter of this movement, although not
involved. I am an American Indian Liberal
Democrat, who is also a disabled war vet
and a university graduate. Since the neo
marxist progressives ( google it ) hijacked
my party ( The Democratic Party ) I've had
to put some distance between myself and
them, or give up my personal ethics. While
earning my double major in psych & phil
and then my post bac professional certificate in Federal Law Enforcement,
I learned all about the 20th Century
Progressive Movement. Obviously, most of
my fellow Dems are absolutely clueless;
or like Anita Dunn: Mao Tse Tung is their
favorite Philosopher and like Van Jones:
they are proud to be Communists? Or they
are as dumb as a box of rox? Which is it?

Posted by: iamredwolf | April 5, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - 50% of Tea Party adherents are registered Democrats or Independents and around 40% are Republicans with 10% "other"
===========

Too funny, combining Democrats with Independents that way to make it appear the Tea timers aren't just the conservative right. The numbers could be 1 Democrat for every 99 Independent, but you'll ballyhoo "look at all the Dems (and Independents)."

Anyway, Independents aren't fooling anyone - a large number of today's Independents are just Republicans too ashamed to admit it or hoping for the benefit of a rebranding, like Blackwater now named Xe. They sure loved them some Dubya Bush back in the day, but after the thrashing they got in the last elections, they're like Peter denying Jesus. "Bush? Never liked the guy." Funny.

Posted by: hitpoints | April 5, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Equal and opposite reaction.

The more Obama et al. push to the far left of American center with arguments like "gov. knows best for citizens" and away from fundamentals like personal choice and responsibility - the more such movements will grow. Obama's flippant elitist sarcasm mocking them will only make things worse.

We have the oldest modern Democracy in the world. For the majority, it is not a post graduate ideological abstraction to be massaged at will as "fashionable" campus thinking changes.

The majority has a deep visceral understanding of and RESPECT for their heritage and what it has cost the nation and people. These people memorized and integrated the following words:
"we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor"

Trying to win these citizens over with personal short term gain arguments that might work with a self interested French union striker/worker will not work on the average American, at least not yet.

Posted by: sally62 | April 5, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

That's why Fox News and MSNBC are still around. They pander to a very loyal following who don't stray from their one source of information.

Posted by: damascuspride04

Fox News' ratings are way up and MSNBC's ratings are taking their last swirl around the toilet bowl. I guess that shoots a hole in your theory.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 5, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

does seem a shame that that 99% makes that 1% look so bad...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

or is it just people who see a fundamental flaw in penalizing ability to reward need?

Posted by: Waffle1 | April 5, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"That's why Fox News and MSNBC are still around. They pander to a very loyal following who don't stray from their one source of information.

Posted by: damascuspride04"

"Fox News' ratings are way up and MSNBC's ratings are taking their last swirl around the toilet bowl. I guess that shoots a hole in your theory."


Posted by: waterfrontproperty
****

How do you figure?

Posted by: Rachelva | April 5, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Sally62, can you cite specific examples of "Obama's flippant elitist sarcasm"?

Posted by: Rachelva | April 5, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"Clearly, the liberal media and the Obama Regime fear the Tea-party's political power.

If they didn't, they wouldn't be working overtime to demonize them."

Posted by: thinker16

Reporting the results of polls indicating the composition of the tea partiers is "demonizing" them now? The GOP has more reason to fear the tea partiers than the Democrats do.

Posted by: Rachelva | April 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Hety teabaggers:

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount 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 tasked with keeping us safe from terrorists trying to get nuclear weapons got outed by Dick Cheney's staff.

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

You didn't get mad when we got lied into war, and 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, or when it turned out the Bush administration lied about it.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans, and cut the Fourth Amendment in half.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden, or when Bush disbanded the CIA unit tasked to get him.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

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 30 million people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick, so we did what 30 other Western nations have already done.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping 30 million other Americans...oh h*ll no!

Teabaggers are the most ignorant, dishonest, and hypocritical people on earth.


Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Edgwood,

Your phrase should read:
"There's a huge difference between not liking someone and treating them as a lesser being and encouraging others to do so, as many LIBERALS try to paint the Tea Party members as - uneducated racists only"

Right?

Posted by: sally62 | April 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I love all the liberals who try to put down, marginalize and discredit the Tea Party movement, and the citizens who are involved in it. No discussion of the merits of the issues, but they have to resort to calling them racists, hate mongers, angry white men, etc.

The problem is that nobody listens to your trash talk except other liberals, the Tea Party movement keeps growing and growing. And do you know why? Because it represents traditional American values, and this present administration does not. So no matter what you say, or what you do, you can't change that fact. Any you can't deter them, and you can't stop them. But we can and will stop you liberals in November 2010. You can't even hold on to Ted Kennedys seat. You're toast, and you know it.

Posted by: JGates1 | April 5, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers: let's see, mostly white, mostly men, mostly lower middle class and above, mostly conservative. No surprises here: just the same old claims of privilege and anger against those wanting a truly fair society.

Posted by: goexplode | April 5, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Rachelva,

Glad to give you the latest (there really are too many):
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/04/02/2010-04-02_obama_doses_out_healthy_sarcasm.html

Mocking the political doomsayers, Obama went on: "Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm? You planted some seeds, and they came out the next day, and they looked, and nothing's happened! There's no crop! We're going to starve! Oh, no! It's a disaster!"

____

Anyone who disagrees with the "One who knows best" is a bumbling idiot, right? He is a divider. His public mocking of anyone, the police and even the Supreme Court will come back to haunt him.

Contrary to the "aledged but undocumented insults" to Black caucus members in DC, Obama's nasty remarks are on tape and film.

Posted by: sally62 | April 5, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Typical liberal post-
"Teabaggers:(insult) let's see, mostly white,(implied racism) mostly men, mostly lower middle class(knuckle dragging) and above, mostly conservative (what's wrong with that exactly?). No surprises here: just the same old claims of privilege (class envy) and anger (angry white males) against those wanting a truly fair society.(fair- you mean spreading the wealth?).

You libs are so predictable.

Posted by: JGates1 | April 6, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice."
-Barry Goldwater

Posted by: PhilThijou | April 6, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

sally62:

I beleve you deamonize bureaucrats: they are not the monsters or demons you make them out to be! Bureaucrats are ordinary Americans, like you and me! Bureaucrats run Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security; these are good people! In the Five Books of Moses, Moses's Bureaucrats are called “Levites,” a sot of minor Priest, and Levites could not own property but had to rent; and they had to retire at age 50. Levites had to be abkle to lead the populace in the Patriotic Cermonies of Ancient Israel. Moses teachings were a Philosophy, not a Religiion. Judaism did not become a religion until mergeing with Neo_Platonism over the period: 199 CE/AD to 300 CE/AD. There is no form of organization, public or private, without a bureaucracy! Here in Florida, people are whining about automatic red light video cameras to catch red-light runners! “It cuts our freedom to run red lights” they claim. Running red lights is very dangerous and the cause of the most severe accidents. The VA does have problems with people who have phoney degrees, like Physicians Assisstants, and the guy who has a degree in fitting shoes. These Rascals cannot deal with any thing out of the ordinary. They are not trained to think like medical doctors! The reason for the shirtage of medical doctors in that in 1980, having read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged's Social Darwinism, Ted Kennedy ended the previous Full Scholarships for all Medical Students! As a result, today many medical doctors have not paid their student loans and don't see how they ever will; the Full Scholarships for all mdical students needs to be restored retroactively! The Psudeo medical degrees of physicians assistants and shoe fitters need to be legally invalidated. Yes there are some mean people in government, but these are usually in the military and the police. Read the book, “Evil Genes,” by Professor Barbara Oakland. it can serve as the basis of constructing a DNA Test for Psychopaths to keep them out of Medicine and any medical bureacracy!

Posted by: Xeno7777777 | April 6, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

sally62:

I beleve you deamonize bureaucrats: they are not the monsters or demons you make them out to be! Bureaucrats are ordinary Americans, like you and me! Bureaucrats run Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security; these are good people! In the Five Books of Moses, Moses's Bureaucrats are called “Levites,” a sot of minor Priest, and Levites could not own property but had to rent; and they had to retire at age 50. Levites had to be abkle to lead the populace in the Patriotic Cermonies of Ancient Israel. Moses teachings were a Philosophy, not a Religiion. Judaism did not become a religion until mergeing with Neo_Platonism over the period: 199 CE/AD to 300 CE/AD. There is no form of organization, public or private, without a bureaucracy! Here in Florida, people are whining about automatic red light video cameras to catch red-light runners! “It cuts our freedom to run red lights” they claim. Running red lights is very dangerous and the cause of the most severe accidents. The VA does have problems with people who have phoney degrees, like Physicians Assisstants, and the guy who has a degree in fitting shoes. These Rascals cannot deal with any thing out of the ordinary. They are not trained to think like medical doctors! The reason for the shirtage of medical doctors in that in 1980, having read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged's Social Darwinism, Ted Kennedy ended the previous Full Scholarships for all Medical Students! As a result, today many medical doctors have not paid their student loans and don't see how they ever will; the Full Scholarships for all mdical students needs to be restored retroactively! The Psudeo medical degrees of physicians assistants and shoe fitters need to be legally invalidated. Yes there are some mean people in government, but these are usually in the military and the police. Read the book, “Evil Genes,” by Professor Barbara Oakland. it can serve as the basis of constructing a DNA Test for Psychopaths to keep them out of Medicine and any medical bureacracy!

Posted by: Xeno7777777 | April 6, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I watched the Tea Party come through town - white, rude, bullying, waving racist signs, flying the flag upside down, aggressive, making statements that reflected how uninformed they were, etc., They are nothing like me or my family or friends. They are everything I hold in contempt. Yes, I vote Democratic. I remember a Republican party from years ago which I respected and considered voting for - that is long gone and this bunch is dangerous for America.

Posted by: withersb | April 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The best part of this story is the teabagger math that attempts to show how mainstream and representative the teabag mob is, when of course it's no such thing. It's white, old, and rightwingnut.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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

You didn't get mad when the president ignored the clear and timely warning that terrorists were going to hijack planes and fly them into the WTCs.

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 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 the weapons inspectors, who said there were no WMDs, were ignored.

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 hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

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...so what’s up with that!

Posted by: aedmond | April 6, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sally62:

You want to re-write my statement as: "There's a huge difference between liking someone and treating them as a lesser being and encouraging others to do so, as many LIBERALS try to paint the Tea Party members as - uneducated racists only"

Read much?

I NEVER said that liberals can't be bigots, and I NEVER said that all tea partiers are "uneducated racists only."

However, I DID say "Negative stereotypes exist EVERYWHERE" and "...I can tell you where the MAJORITY of the bigotry is coming from..."

Think twice before taking pot-shots at those who don't necessarily WANT to cram every single conservative/tea partier/whatever into a teensy little box; you're making it awfully hard not to.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | April 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

What needs to be done to recover Philosophy from the Ideologists (Emmanuel Kant's name for his Doctrines) which are Religions pretending to be secularized Doctrines. legally Invalidate all Philosophy Degrees and Courses escept those who have studied abroad at Oxford University, etc. Mandate that all Greek Classics Departments establish the Teaching of Aristoltle and Charles Sanders Perice. Also establish the teaching of The Natural Law, defined by Professor Ernes Barker as Aristotle's Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Seven Extant Pages of Zeno of Cilium, Cyprus. Legally define all varities of Neo-Platonisms as Religions. Legally define Moses as author of the Five Books of Moses. Denial that Moses wrote the Five Books of Moses, the Graf-Wellhousen Thesis, is Imperial German War Propaganda, taken up by Communists and Fascists, and destructive to moral responsibility, and destructive to Judaeo-Christianity! Recognize Aristotle as the Official U.S. Philosopher, and Saviour of the Hebrew Bible!

Posted by: Xeno7777777 | April 7, 2010 4:54 AM | Report abuse

to all of you DIMocRATS,

as a "person other than white" & a TEA PARTY PATRIOT, let me simply say that i'll listen carefully to your PREJUDICED, STUPID, sanctamonious NONSENSE about members of the Tea Party Movement, exactly ONE day after you throw the KLANSMAN in your party OUT on his ear.

U S Senator Robert "KKK" Byrd is NOT an EX-KKK member; he is a life-long member and a CURRENT National Officer of the disgusting bunch of FILTHY EXTREMISTS.

TOLERATING a KLANSMAN in the DIMocRAT Party is EQUALLY as EVIL as BEING ONE!

so until you DUMP HIM publicly out of the DIMocRAT party & force him OUT of the Senate, say NOTHING nasty about the Tea Party Movement.- NOT one damned word.

instead, bow your heads in SHAME & accept that YOU are exactly as EVIL as he is!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 11, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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