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‘why dems keep using tea party as a weapon’

Greg Sargent (Washington Post): …. Democrats have spent an awful lot of time lately hammering John Boehner for taking his marching orders in the budget fight from the Tea Party…

This strategy is all about exploiting the division between the GOP base and independents, who are sharply at odds over whether GOP leaders should shut down the government or reach a budget compromise.

The new Pew poll (see here) adds a crucial data point in understanding this dynanmic – independents have swung sharply against the Tea Party in recent days:

“The rise in negative views of the Tea Party has occurred largely among political independents and Democrats … Today, as many independents disagree as agree with the Tea Party (27% each); the percentage disagreeing with the Tea Party has risen 13 points.”

….the problem for the GOP leadership is that the budget war is forcing them to navigate a sharp divide between the GOP base and indys. Polls show that majorities of Republicans want a shutdown rather than a compromise. By contrast; strong majorities of independents – who helped the GOP’s gains in 2010 and will be crucial to the party heading into 2012 – want a compromise.

The constant invocation of the Tea Party by Schumer and others is a shorthand effort to exacerbate this division — it’s a bid to paint the GOP as hostage to extremists with the explicit goal of wining back independents. And it’s facilitated by the fact that the more independents learn about the Tea Party, the less they like it.

Full post here


9 Responses to “‘why dems keep using tea party as a weapon’”


  1. 1 barb
    April 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Look at that picture. Does anyone in it look like they need the services of Planned Parenthood? NO!!!!!! Now when it comes to next year when Medicare is on the line I wonder if these same people will be carrying the same signs.

    • 2 Theo67
      April 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      When I looked at the picture, I thought of all those seniors in that picture and what they think they’re doing for their children. If they cut education, ruin the economy, restrict choice, stunt the capacity of this country to innovate and compete in the 21st Century – then what will their children and grandchildren be left with? When their daughters look for preventive screening because Republicans have ruined the country and their daughters can’t afford medical treatment – then where do those people think their daughters will go for preventative care? I don’t know what kind of people these are. They’re not normal.

  2. 3 Sue in Minnesota
    April 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    They are ignorant, self-loathing pigs! Scourge of America.

  3. 4 Carolyn
    April 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    They’re the age who got everything, and now don’t want anyone else to have anything. They embarrass me as part of my generation. I am appalled!

    Very selfish, mean-spirited people. I would venture a guess that some of those men had daughters and granddaughters who needed the services of Planned Parenthood, and probably availed themselves of the help. These guys don’t have a clue! Any man who has a wife, a daughter, a sister,or a mother and acts this way, should be totally ashamed! But, they have no shame.

  4. 5 EDP4BHO
    April 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    They’re all white. Why is that? I thought they loved their country. They made it with affirmative action and don’t even know it, i.e., white privilege. I am not trying, and would not attempt to, disparage anyone here, but I am sick and tired of white men fighting me. They are doing this because of all the people of color who use social services, the influx of brown people, and more than anything, they want President Obama to fail, and I might add, they would be happy to see him killed. These people would be happy to tell my young nephews that they are not worthy of full citizenship which includes the right to hold public office, including the Presidency. They would be happy to have my nephews and my son feel inferior, as though they have no rights that should be respected by a white man. They forget, conveniently, that this land did not belong to them, but that they stole it by maiming, killing, desecrating the culture of the natives, and perpetrating one of the sickest of crimes against people such as myself. I wish for them what they dealt to anyone not like them; at the same time I’m praying God uses his mighty hand to squash these miscreants./ my rant for the day.

    • 6 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      April 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      I’m sorry to say I think you are right. They are old and bitter and they have a huge sense of entitlement. But they are old and their time will be over soon. They don’t represent everyone, not even in their own generation. I don’t wish ill on anyone but I don’t think this battle will really be over until this generation is gone. I hope we can hold together until then.

      • 7 EDP4BHO
        April 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        Yes, they are old, but how many of their offspring are they cloning to be just like them. Hopefully very, very few. But, I don’t have that luxury of forgiveness of their hatred. Begone with them all.

        • 8 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          April 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

          I can’t make excuses for them. We have a leader who keeps proving them wrong and that’s why they are so against him. Peace.


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