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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Poll: Tea Party Less Popular Than Muslims, Atheists, 21 Other Groups | The debt ceiling deal has left the Tea Party more disliked than ever, as a recent New York Times poll shows. In April, 2010, 21 percent of Americans approved of the Tea Party while 18 percent disapproved of it. Now, 20 percent approve while a stunning 40 percent disapprove of it. Ironically, the conservative movement is now more unpopular than two often-marginalized groups it sometimes rails against — Muslims and atheists — and is the least popular of the 23 groups the poll asked about:
The Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.


 “Texas has one of the highest percentages of workers who are paid the minimum wage and receive no medical benefits. Perry has also presided over a steady, decade-long decline in his state’s employment to population ratio. He inherited a ratio of more than 47 percent from George W. Bush, but now only 43.5 percent of Texans have a job, compared to 44.7 percent of the total U.S. population."

I guess Gov. Perry is hoping no one will actually, y'know, look at his record and his rhetoric and discover they don't match up in the truth department.  But Perry's one of those good ole Tea Baggers, and they create their own reality, which has no relation to truth.

Keep up the good work, Gov. Perry.  You're making things easier and easier for the White House:

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), using borderline-violent rhetoric towards Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and casually throwing around words like “treacherous” and “treasonous.” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, “When you’re president or you’re running for president you have to think about what you’re saying because your words have greater impact. President Obama and we take the independence of the Federal Reserve very seriously and certainly think threatening the Fed chairman is probably not a good idea.”
As Greg Sargent explained very well this afternoon, rhetoric like Perry’s is exactly the sort of thing the White House needs to reinforce its larger message.
Here’s another reason Republican establishment figures have to be unhappy about Rick Perry’s implied threat towards Ben Bernanke: It plays into the Obama strategy of presenting himself as the “adult in the room” while elevating more prominent expressions of Republican excess or outright whackjobbery and using them as a convenient foil. […]

As Kevin Drum notes today, Obama has settled on a reelection narrative that is centered on the idea that he’s the only “sober, serious guy who’s fit to be president” in the room. He’s running against “Teh Crazy.” You can debate endlessly whether Obama is focusing his attacks too generally on “Congress” or whether he should be calling out Republicans more directly, but the overall objective is clear: Obama’s foil is Republican extremism and excess. Having the most prominent and accomplished true conservative in the presidential race suggest that a Republican Fed chairman may be guilty of treason, while implicitly threatening him with a species of Texas frontier justice — even in jest, if that’s how it was intended — can only help in this regard.

Exactly right. One of the lines I’ve heard Obama use three times in two days is, “I know you’re frustrated; I’m frustrated, too.” It’s part of a not-so-subtle effort to draw voters a picture: sensible people believe American politics is broken, and the president is on their side. The question for voters is whether someone like Obama, the grown-up who solves problems, or someone like Perry, the buffoon who accuses Ben Bernanke of treason, can be trusted to help make politics work again."

h/t Steve Benen/Washington Monthly


billy pilgrim said...

in my book compromising is a sign of maturity and refusal to compromise is the sign of a petulant spoiled child. (or a dumb bitch with a migraine)

Sheria said...

Thank you so much for lightening my mood considerably. The demise in Tea Party popularity makes me all tingly! Perhaps the childish antics of the Tea Party have finally made more enemies for their policies than friends.

I definitely believe that Obama has positioned himself to be the adult in the room. Compromise and negotiation are the characteristics of statesmen. Nothing of substance is accomplished by grandstanding like a cowboy in a John Wayne western except in the movies.

Infidel753 said...

Republican excess or outright whackjobbery

I thought that was the executive summary of the Republican platform?

Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.

Maybe that's because the Tea Party essentially is the Christian Right.

Which, of course, explains why they're swooning for Perry. But if the Bernanke thing is any indication of his ear for campaigning, nobody else will.

This loudmouth is just Limbaugh without the weight problem. He's not even remotely in the same league with Obama.

Leslie Parsley said...

Personally, I'm cheering for Bachmann and Perry. I am confident that the majority of Americans aren't attracted to mixing religion and politics and that this big mis-step will signal their end once and for all.

Shaw Kenawe said...


It's not surprising then that the TPs in the House would not compromise on anything.


you're welcome. I have to admit that I got a tingle up my leg when I read the headlines on the poll.


It's astounding to read the rightwing blogs and learn that they actually believe Perry is a viable candidate. Most of the blogs I've read are touting a Perry/Bachmann ticket, which to me represents the whackiest of the whackjobs.

Shaw Kenawe said...


I didn't see your comment before I hit the publish button.

As I said, I'm astounded to read rightwing blogs promoting a Perry/Bachmann ticket, which would never win in the rest of the country that is sane.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Rick Perry reinforcing intelligent people's opinion of him:

In Perry's own words while campaigning in New Hampshire:

"Here your mom was asking about evolution. And you know, it's a theory that is out there -- it's got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools. Because I figure--"

We cannot afford to encourage dolts as leaders at this point in the 21st century.

Perry can stick with his idea of Evolution as "a theory that's out there," but this country, or any place that values science and enlightenment, cannot have as its leader a person who is so proud of his ignorance that he feels comfortable in embarrassing himself before the world.

I'm sorry for Texas. I hear everything's BIG there. I guess that would include their jackasses.

Infidel753 said...

I'm sorry for Texas. I hear everything's BIG there. I guess that would include their jackasses.

It's cattle country. The biggest thing of all is the amount of bull.

BB-Idaho said...

""Here your mom was asking about evolution. And you know, it's a theory that is out there -- it's got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools. Because I figure--"
..his college transcript is on the net; flunked organic chemistry-
what would he know of evolutionary

Rational Nation USA said...

I'm more popular than the Tea Party? My gosh! Who would've guessed!!