Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Could the Tea Party movement be losing ground?

Days after Sarah Palin headlined the nation's first Tea Party convention, a Rasmussen Reports poll released today shows that a generic "Tea Party candidate" would come in third in a theoretical three-way congressional contest.

The poll found that 36% of voters would support a Democratic candidate on a generic ballot, 25% would back the Republican and 17% would go for the Tea Party pick. Twenty-three percent of respondents are undecided.

In early December, the same poll showed the Tea Party in second place and the GOP in third. Unchanged between the polls, according to Rasmussen, is that 41% of voters have a favorable view of the conservative movement.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken Feb. 7-8, just after the national Tea Party convention in Nashville. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

h/t JohnC


Hint to Tea Party Nation:  Next time you hire a speaker for $100,000 to fire up your followers, get someone who can keep three thoughts in her head at the same time and who doesn't have to write down her core beliefs on the palm of her hand. 
Also, the Tea Party Nation needs to rid itself of racists:
Photo Shows Top Tea Bagger Holding Sign with N-Word (Which He Misspelled)
It’s going to be a lot harder for Tea Baggers to claim they’re not racists now that a photo has emerged of Dale Robertson, who calls himself the “president and founder of the Tea Party,” holding a sign that reads,”Congress = Slave Owner; Taxpayer = Niggar.”

The photo was taken in Houston on Feb. 27, 2009.

Robertson is the operator of the Tea Party website ( Here’s what he wrote about himself on the website’s “About Us” page:
A Word From The Founder;

Dale Robertson is a man of courage and conviction, a rare commodity in today’s topsy-turvy world. Dale, is the Founder of the modern day Tea Party and also President of

Dale Robertson, a public speaker, a family man with a wife and 5 children, has lead [sic] Tea Party rallies across America from its inception.

A little later, Robertson talks about this educational background:

Dale Roberson’s academic background includes extended training in theology, as well as excelling in the field of Engineering at Southwest College, San Diego, California. He went on to earn a second degree in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

So what we know so far is that he is a racist and a poor speller

To the Tea Party Nation:  Robertson is one of your people. 
To Americans everywhere:  Take notice.


Sue said...

Don't forget about their keynote speaker Tom Tancredo, the other racist who got applause for his sickening racist speech. These baggers are going down, they will never succeed with that kind of backing. Just like typical conservative ideals, they want to take the country back to the 50's. Progressives are the party to take our country into the future, wake up and smell the coffee people!

Midwest Gal said...

Sue said...

Don't forget about their keynote speaker Tom Tancredo, the other racist who got applause for his sickening racist speech. These baggers are going down,

Going Down? Oh really!
Tell that to the Marines!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Good point, Sue.

Tancredo made his racist remark about people who voted for President Obama at the Tea Party Convention when he was being nostalgic for the "good old days" when southerners made African-Americans take tests to qualify to vote. I read where some of the tests required people registering to vote to write out the Constitution, and that the officials in charge of registering were the only ones who decided who should have to be tested in order to be able to vote. Tancredo is a half-witted bigot and deserves to be mocked.

Also Tancredo was stupidly wrong when he characterized the people who voted for President Obama as barely literate.

The facts are that people with a second degree voted for Mr. Obama, and almost overwhelmingly voters with Ph.D.s supported Obama.

A study was done on this after the election and it revealed that the more educated a person was, the more likely he or she voted for Barack Obama.

The less educated a person was, the more likely he or she voted the Republican ticket. In fact according to Gallup, voters with a high school education or less overwhelmingly went for McCain/Palin. Those people are Palin's constituents now.

Here's what Gallup reported in 2008:

April 10, 2008

Obama Education Gap Extends to General Election

McCain leads Obama among those with a high school education or less

by Jeffrey M. Jones

Barack Obama leads John McCain by a significant margin among voters with the most education, but trails the likely Republican nominee among voters with the least formal education.

tnlib said...

Not only is Tancredo racist, he's had some questionable financial dealings - tied in with Madoff.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Tancredo was ripped off in a Madoff ponzi scheme. He lost a lot of money.

TRUTH 101 said...

Please forgive my insensitivity Shaw. The idiot tea bagger in chief couldn't even spell the "N" word correctly.

I can't help it. It just struck me as funny yet approriate. A stupid racist and the idiot gives us the oicture to prove it.

Arthurstone said...

UW graduate.