White House Paints GOP Field With Tea Party Brush

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rising profiles of Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are giving the White House a new opening: linking the entire GOP field to the tea party, whose popularity has recently sagged.

If the strategy works, it could cause guilt-by-association problems even for non-tea-party Republicans like Mitt Romney.

That might be a lot to ask, however. Unflattering comparisons are a well-worn campaign tactic, and many Americans have only a hazy notion of the tea party movement. Still, President Barack Obama’s top aides are giving it a go.

Republican candidates must decide whether to “swear allegiance to the tea party” or work with Democrats to create jobs, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. After last week’s GOP debate in Iowa, Obama campaign guru David Axelrod claimed the presidential contenders were “pledging allegiance to the tea party.”

And a new video by the Democratic National Committee says Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are “embracing extreme tea party policies.”

Democrats first aimed such barbs at congressional Republicans, who hewed closely to tea party demands in shaping a debt-ceiling bill this month. It was harder to target the presidential field as long as attention centered largely on former governors Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman. All three are conservatives but not from the tea party mold, which places greater emphasis on uncompromising demands for unusually deep cuts in government spending and oversight.

A quick succession of events changed that over the weekend.

Bachmann, the House member from Minnesota who chairs Congress’ tea party caucus, won an Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty ended his campaign, and Perry, the Texas governor with tea party leanings, jumped in.

Romney, whose presumed GOP front-runner status looks shakier than before, is responding by edging toward tea party positions, opening himself to the Democrats’ broad-brush criticisms.

At last week’s Iowa debate, for instance, Romney joined all the others in saying he would reject a debt-reduction package if it included as much as $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts.

“That’s just not common sense,” Obama told a Minnesota crowd on Monday.

The grass-roots, decentralized tea party movement sprung to life in 2009 to oppose Obama’s health care initiative, then swung its focus to cutting taxes and spending. It helped Republicans win huge victories in 2010, and now it’s playing an early and potent role in the GOP presidential process.

As the movement asserts its clout, however, its popularity has dropped.

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 40 percent of American adults had a “not favorable” view of the tea party, compared with 18 percent in an earlier poll. The proportion who said they knew too little to form an opinion of the tea party fell to 21 percent, from an earlier 46 percent.

At the same time, Obama’s approval ratings also have slumped, and Congress’ have hit an all-time low.

Tying a political opponent to a not-so-popular person or movement is a hit-or-miss strategy, said John J. Pitney Jr., a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College. Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign ran ads against “DoleGingrich.” The goal was to link GOP nominee Bob Dole to Newt Gingrich, then the embattled House speaker, and now a presidential candidate.

The tea party could be a tougher target, Pitney said. “A diffuse movement with no clear leader does not arouse the same kind of emotion,” he said.

Mike DuHaime, who managed Republican Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, said the Democrats’ tactic might succeed so long as Romney and the other GOP candidates seem to be toeing the tea party line.

“The strategy is sound for the Obama team because they would love the campaign to be about the challenger, no matter who it is,” DuHaime said. “To the extent that our candidates continue to essentially march in lockstep with each other on major issues, it will be easy for the Obama campaign to paint them all with the same brush.”

Obama had a rare direct brush with a tea partyer this week while shaking hands in Iowa. Activist Ryan Rhodes complained about reports that Vice President Joe Biden had said tea partyers acted “like terrorists” in the debt-ceiling showdown.

Obama said Biden “was objecting to us almost defaulting” on U.S. debts. When Rhodes persisted, Obama told him “it doesn’t sound like you are interested in listening.”

Earlier, the president portrayed himself as a pragmatic problem-solver who might appeal to independent voters wary of the tea party’s conservative fervor.

“I make no apologies for being reasonable,” Obama told the Iowa crowd.

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  • NoSht

    Wow – I thought this was a tour to explain his failed financial policies, not a campaign tour. After alll it was funded by taxpayers (the 49% that actually pay income tax that is).

    • Papa K

      You can only use a Tea Bag once. We tried it and don’t want anymore …

      Extreme politics makes no sense when the country needs JOBS.

    • jimmy


      The fact that the bottom 50% of wage earners don’t make enough to pay taxes, says more about the greed of the top 1% than the hard working men and women in the lower 50.

      • Kessler

        No the bottom 50% that doesn’t pay any income tax have gotten tax breaks and give aways from from crooked politicians to purchase their vote.
        Maybe if everyone had some “skin in the game” the U.S. wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in.

        • jimmy


          They have skin in the game it’s called payroll taxes. Which a Republican House and Senate and G W Bush used to pay for their 2 wars and their tax cuts.

          • Kessler

            I don’t think you get it Jimmy…. They Don’t Pay any income tax… Any taxes collected from them (payroll taxes) are refunded to them when they file their income tax return. Hence, THEY DON”T PAY ANY INCOME TAX.

            • Todd

              Are you crazy? You are telling me that the $2800 in property taxes I pay, the 18% in Federal Income Taxes, the 4% of Mn taxes, the sales tax, the gas tax, etc on top of the 7.65% I pay into Social Security (which I will NEVER see the $120K I have paid into all my life). I don’t get anywhere near what I pay back from my tax refund (about $350 from fed and state) and you tell me I don’t pay? The top 10% pay about 15% in federal taxes and most of them have loopholes so they pay NOTHING! It’s idiots like you who form the Tea Party jerks.

              • Iconoclast

                I wish I paid $2800 in property taxes. Mine are almost 7 grand. You should feel fortunate.

            • hard rains

              You don’t get it Kessler. They pay a higher percentage in taxes than the top 10%. It’s not hardly all refunded to the bottom tier at tax time either…Just a small percentage is. For instance…that person paid in $2000, that persons tax owed was $1850, refund is $150, close to 10% refunded.

              • Kessler

                50% PAY NOTIHING in Income Tax. So they pay 0% of their income in income tax. Fact is many use “Earned Income Credit” type programs and get back MORE than they pay in. Quit using the “percentage of income” smoke screen invented by the democrats. Zero is Zero … PERIOD.
                Do a simple search using Google for 50% pay no income tax. You will get results from the likes of CBS News, Huffington Post and others that are hardly Right Wing news outlets reporting this.

                • Matt

                  GOP would love children to pay income taxes, it would give their rich supports more tax breaks

                • hard rains

                  Ah…yes, the bottom 50% of all people. The poor median. What do they make a year again? They don’t make the average American salary do they. It’s closer to the poverty line isn’t it. The taxes they don’t pay is similar to the taxes the top 10% don’t pay.

                • frozenrunner

                  @ kessler. DF. here is what you can read http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/true-or-false-over-50-do-not-pay-income-tax
                  a nice little explanation of why the number is so high. Like the 22 % that are seniors and pay no taxes, the number of Americans living below the poverty line. (16 %)

                • Todd

                  I have done payroll for 29 years for a very diverse work force (from minimum wage to…well, a lot more) and I have seen a handful of people use the EIC. It’s a pain in the rear and most people don’t bother with it.

                  You do not get these numbers from CBS, the Huffington Post or anywhere else. This is something someone on Fox news probably said once and you decided it was fact.

  • Jake

    Yeah, well, GOOD LUCK with this tactic. Last I heard, most AMERICANS seem to actually like some of the Tea Party’s ideas, like a BALANCED BUDGET, reduciing GOVERNMENT SPENDING, protecting our BORDERS, etc. Ostracizing such people could backfire big time in these troubled times.

    • jimmy

      Yea that’s why they give the Republican House that’s full of Tea Partiers a 6% approval rating.

      • Scott Funk


      • just sayin

        Would be better than a house full of Dems… could you imagine? This country in it’s financial condition. We’d have gone into default in a heartbeat!

        Dems destroy everything. History has proven that time and time again.

        • jimmy

          Two presidents in the last 40 years have lowered the debt as a percentage of the GDP. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, I think it’s time the American people take a close look at whose causing the problem.

          • Todd

            Thank you Jimmy! You are right on. The debt we have now and for the next 10 years is caused by 2 unpaid wars, an unpaid drug benefit and 2 tax breaks; all thanks to GW Bush. When will people learn? When we have total chaos in the streets.

            • Matt

              part of me wants a Teaparty President, just so we can show them how much fail their ideas are.

    • Ron

      When the Tea Party tied deficit reduction to the debt ceiling debate and vote, it was a form of economic terrorism. We are going to “pay dearly” for this now. The debt ceiling was increased under Bush 7 times with little to no controversy. Face it, they just want to make it difficult for the President to have any success, lest he win re-election. Holding our economy hostage for a Party’s political gain is a “no go” in my opinion, especially since we’ve been teetering on recovery. Well that recovery is now gone. As an independent voter, this has gotten my attention.

      • Kessler

        Yea … If you check you will see Obama strongly opposed increaseing the debt ceiling when Bush was president too. Now it’s O.K. if he wants to.

        Questions for you socialist – How much do you think the U.S. spend? What will it take for you to realize we don’t have the money to sustain the over spending by a run away government? Why won’t the Dems vote for a balanced budget bill? How much of our children’s and grand children’s money do you feel confortable spending?

        • hard rains

          Question for you “Capitalists” How much of what we owe do you think was caused by the Republicans! They got us here, now they want to claim no responsibility for their own actions! They stalemated any rational talks over a ‘balanced budget’ trying to make it look as if they are trying to ‘help’? Do you really want them to sell us down the drain again?

        • frozenrunner

          Question for you person calling themselves kessler. Did you complain when Bush raised the debt ceiling? Did you complain when Bush lowered government revenue without lowering spending?A very good guess is that you are another partisan who’s beliefs blow to what the party wants at that moment..

    • meow

      Jake, there are more issues that JUST the economy. There are other major issues that effect how people live their life of liberty. The TeaBaggers are too much of a “White Religious Extremist” group to sell to the diverse majority of American’s. All they have for their AMMO is high unemployment and the debt ceiling. This is old hat news for the country and simply won’t go away from a Republican who took a surplus and created two wars and a crisis to our economy that Obama and his team worked their A$$ off to avoid a total collapse. Have we as a country ever had a surplus from a Republican in the last 50 years? From what I’ve seen Republicans make excuses to start WARS.

      • Julie

        Meow, the “TeaBagger” label is extremely offensive. So a person like you can understand, Tea Party members are made up of Crackers, Spicks, and Nigers.

  • Ordinary Guy

    Sorry, but I can’t tell this Republican line-up from Herbert Hoover’s program, except that his Smoot-Hawley attempts cured a big trade surplus; they’d do the opposite. They’ve got nothing showing. If Obama wants to take their thunder, he’ll have to actually implement solutions to real needs, that is the $55 billion/month trade deficit, jobs, responsible domestic production etc. Public works that take outgoing money and put it back into working American’s pockets, while curing some real concerns of energy, flood/drought, safety, security, etc. must be enacted now to have an effect before the next election.

    These proofs of his leadership must be investments that produce a profit, not only for American business, but also in a revenue stream from American workers’ wages. Four to eight years of the Republican austerity that these candidates display could preserve the value of contributor’s dollars and yet send the common citizens to shanty towns.

    • Karl

      well said comrade, power to the state worker.

      • jimmy

        Ever notice how Tea Partiers love to use the word comrade? This was a word taken by the French by the Nazis during WWII. I guessing most Tea Partiers learn this word in the Barber shop while getting their head shaved.

        • Ordinary Guy

          I feel better hearing his response, rather than not, but politics is mainly about loyalty. However; loyalty to the general public usually takes a back seat to party loyalties, quite often in these discussions. That is how you’ll tend to hear outrageously strident and harsh statements like the bellowing rants of Rudolph Hess. It’s all fair in this forum.

          Science and technology are, or were, our mid-west strong point, whether supporting agriculture, mining, manufacturing, or public works. Is it sacrilegious to guide, or if need be, to compel these assets into our local economy in these times? The haphazard disconnect we have between science and industry has created a knowledge inefficiency that shelves the fruits of our investments, yet where our foreign economic competitors can easily grap them. What’s with that?

          Sure, our system favors tax-free imported goods and services, and there’s our need for oil, but that hides the fact that locally-grown engineering students don’t know where to enter their field, while corporations scuttle or outsource R&D to get an immediate return to show. By combining our academic and industrial assets to a greater extent in applied science, we’ll accomplish the laudable goal of generating local jobs and organic growth. And with supporting agreements for local production, and in the case of public works, we can assure a waiting customer and many more jobs.

          I don’t call that “red” and it’s not totalitarian control like fascism. I think it’s middle-ground leadership we can live with and prosper with.

          • Mary

            what a bunch of rambling rubbish.

            • Ordinary Guy

              Don’t stop there, show us your vision and wisdom. Or is the rasberry all you’ve got?

              • Ordinary Guy

                No answer Mary? Well let me make it short and sweet. Obama went with the conventional wisdom and it didn’t work for improving jobs, though there are things he can do.

                The Republican field offers nothing at all to date, but less. That won’t help the middle-class or poorer.

                Obama is in power and he should use it, or lose it. But to who?

        • GREAT

          I have met some of the Tea people they seem to be honest hard working African Americans who want what is best for this great Nation!

          The political usage of the term was inspired by the French Revolution. Upon abolishing the titles of nobility, and the terms monsieur and madame (literally, “my lord” and “my lady”), the revolutionaries employed the term citoyen for men and citoyenne for women (both meaning “citizen”) to refer to each other. The deposed King Louis XVI, for instance, was referred to as Citoyen Louis Capet to emphasize his loss of privilege.

          When the socialist movement gained momentum in the mid-19th century, socialists began to look for an egalitarian alternative to terms like “Mister”, “Miss”, or “Missus”. They chose “comrade” as their preferred term of address. In German, this practice was started in 1875, with the establishment of the Socialist Workers’ Party of Germany.[1][2] In English, the first known use of the word with this meaning was in 1884 in the socialist magazine Justice.

          • hard rains

            Politics, especially among the Tea Party leaders, is Machiavellian. ‘Promise them what they want to hear and then do what you want after achieving your leadership’. I have family and friends who are Tea Party followers. Basically nice calm people but they’ve been stirred up. And it needs to be said again…The Nazi Party was not a socialist party. What they did is a perfect example of Machiavellian politics. Hitler told the people what they wanted to hear, but the Nazi Party itself was not a socialistic Regime…it was much closer to Facist, yes?

            • Sid

              that is the definition of the demacratic party. The crazy greens, the finatical anti-war, the brown shirts (SEIU), etc.

              • hard rains

                Fascism and Socialism aren’t even close…even though you’ll continue to insist they are. It’s a big “DUH!” factor but I know it’s difficult to keep the “isms” separate unless you’ve had time, or the inclination to learn enough to know History to the degree you can tell the difference.

                What we need is a call “for moderation in all things”…

  • StraycatStrut

    BO Bus tour is just Political Gamesmanship with plenty of campaign opportunity and little leadership. Only the blinded would see it otherwise.

    • Jim

      Just like every president ever has done. They don’t call it the “bully pulpit” for nothing. Welcome to American politics.

  • Janet

    And the ‘Blame Tour’ continues…….

  • I'm Just Sayin

    Mr. President, what have you done? You had EVERYTHING for two years and able to pass any legislation you wanted to? How about you campaign on what you have done instead of tearing other people down?

    • meow

      He has made more positive accomplishments for Americans (not just the wealthy) than Bush did in 8 years. Just Google Search ” Obama’s Accomplishments as President ” and read through several sites. People just love to rag on him though because he did raise expectations but has been met by a GOP party that doesn’t want to budge on issues… plus you can’t blame companies wanting to hire a workforce overseas that is near slave wages. The other fact of the matter is that there are more issues than just the economy and the religious-nut-jobs want to implement outdated Bible laws into our government that are horrifically discriminatory. That simply isn’t progress for our society. It’s fascism for megalomaniacs. NO MORE BUSH MISTAKES in office!!!

      • I'm Just Sayin

        hmm, interesting, I asked for accomplishments and I get routed to google which brings up completely slanted one sided statements that appears to be exaggerations. I asked for him not to tear other people down to try to look good, and you tear other peopel down. I do npt want blame, because if you are going to blame, well then our current president was in the senate for the majority of the blamed presidents tenure, so does that not make him responsible? No blame, no tearing down, what are his accomplishements and what is his vision?

        • hard rains

          So you are saying anything that is an accomplishment isn’t?

          • Matt

            some people are so focused on their BS they won’t take the time to understand the facts.

            • hard rains

              that’s so true…

      • Cats meow

        When Obama is NOT re-elected and out of office the volume of corruption will bleed out of the White House.

        Obama is just a liberal socialist and his policy is proof of that.

        • hard rains

          explain please, and use a rational one please.

      • Carl


        Enough with your list of 100 accomplishments. Did you actually read thru and check the sources on these? Check out number 57 that states Obama provided body armor to the troops. the article they site is title “Soldiers in Iraq still buy their own body armor” No where in the article does it state Obama did anything, initiated anything or finished anything. He is totally missing from the entire source that tries to prove something.
        Keep sipping the kool-aid. the recall elections are just a taste of whats to come

  • Pundit

    The vast majority believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. And that is even WITH the liberal media providing cover for Obama’s behavior.

    Obama is a socialist and the country is heading towards socialism. That is the root of all the current problems.

    • hard rains

      You know…we claim to be a Democracy, but we’re not. We are a Republic. I see nothing wrong with leaning more toward a Democracy.

    • Jim

      What was your excuse when George Bush was president? Was it socialism then too?

  • hard rains

    the average america salary is close to $50,000.
    the median, half the people’s salary is close to $30,000…and lower
    the poverty line is close to $16,000…and lower
    the average top 10% salary is over 20 times the average salary…and higher.

    • Rick

      If you make less than $16K YOU ARE RECEIVING ASSISTANCE. If I win the lottery they count that as income. If you have your house, utilities, and food paid for by the government and work an $8 an hour job and only need to pay for gas for your free car, and your cigarettes and booze. So the poorest actually are making over 1.5 times poverty.

      • rmt

        If you think making $16 K or less is going to give you a free car and lots of free stuff why don’t you try living like that for a while. Then you can speek from experience and your word would be believable.After all, these people don’t go hungry, there is always peanutbutter and big Mac. You speek of something you know nothing about.

        • Rick

          minnesotafaim is a program that will match your savings 3:1 meaning you save $100 they will GIVE you $300. Housing assistance is very real. I saw a guy at the grocery store buying just STEAK with his EBT card. It’s painful to give everything up and grow into the cycle of poverty support that MN supplies. But when you are born into it, and don’t have any real assets or any assets in your name it’s easy to coast with things nicer than people above poverty. To be above the poverty line you need to have a job which takes up time. Being “entitled” only commits you to spending money and hanging out!

          • Botanist

            I saw a black woman buying steaks, whole lobster, junkfood, pop, and pay for it with an EBT card while talking too loud on her new iPhone and then she got into a Cadillac Escalade with 26″ rims right outside the door of Cub Foods.

            Happens all the time.

            • Matt

              racist much?

              • Botanist


                How is that racist?

                I merely reported what I saw.

            • Mary

              I’d call Botanist a Cracker, but that would an insult to crackers.

              • Botanist

                Please explain your comment? What did I say that was objectionable? The truth? LOL

            • meow

              ROFL … it’s so true. People working the system. Pooping out welfare babies.

          • hard rains

            So offer them a job that pays more than poverty wages! I just have this feelin’ that’s not going to be an offering though. $8 per hour is roughly equal to the poverty wage so offer them jobs that pay more than that!

        • Rick


          You really need look at all of the sorts of assistance that are provided in this state.

          This one will match money if you want to save 3 to 1!

          I would try to live that way, but that’s part of the problem. It’s too easy to do it, and somebody still needs to pay for all these entitlements!

          • Matt

            entitlements will stop when the rich pays people more for the work they do. It is a two way street.

          • hard rains

            Just do it Rick! It’s easy! My God man! What are you waiting for? Got too many toys to qualify?

      • hard rains

        That statement is sorely in need of hard facts

  • StraycatStrut

    BO appears to be a White House Squatter. With limitless tee times / golf, basketball, Oprah & The View visitations, Campaign fundraisers, Mystery Bus Tours, celebrity hangouts……. he has no time to lead. Come on…get with it. … and get him back on the teleprompters….he cannot talk without…. aaaah, ummmmm….. aaaaah.

    • Matt

      that comment means we can blame Bush for the takes on 9/11 because he wasn’t down in FL when it happened.

      • Matt

        i can’t type today “attacks”

    • garage illogic

      Remeber GW set the record for rounds of golf played by a sitting president. That is record is in no danger of being broken.

    • rmt

      And you were top of your class at Harvard U?

      • Rick

        Rmt we know you are liberal, because you value expensive pieces of paper over real knowledge.

        • Botanist

          I wonder what “real knowledge” is required to be President of Harvard Law Review. It’s THE MOST CITED law review.

          Probably means nothing though, right, Rick?


      • live it up Obama

        I wonder who paid for Obamas education? Have we seen his grades? Hmm,rmt.

    • live it up Obama

      Michele is picking vegetables from the squatters sustainable urban garden. Is the mother in law also a squatter?

    • Todd

      Funny, I remember Bush being in Minnesota many times when he was running for his 2nd term. I think they all do it. One difference: Obama lets all people come to his forums, Bush only the Republican party elite. How quick we forget.

  • JOHN

    just amazing as to how afraid obama and the democratic administration is of the TEAA PARTY because in many cases this party hits the nail on the head lets see the last three years its been Palin when this country should be sacared of obama and the democratic congress,pelosi and reed and schummer and many others of the senate and congress. and yes i did not vote obama nor in my years have i ever voted for a democrat period as all you brain dead minnesotans

    • Botanist

      So you cast your one vote towards having Sarah Palin be the Vice President of the United States behind an 80 year old President?

      And you felt pretty good about that vote, eh?

      I think we’ve identified the issue here…

  • Redneck Purist

    Jobs “saved or created” is not exactly what most would call success. “Jobs Saved”???? That’s a stretch. Disproving a negative is like saying, vote for me because it could be worse. But everything is worse than it was when this charlatan took office. He even started another war. I bet his followers didn’t see that coming. Anyway, 2012 can’t get here soon enough. The day after that election there will be a lot of liberal long faces (aside from John Kerry).

    • Botanist

      Another war?


      Where exactly is this “other war” the US is in? Who are we at war with, please? I want the date war was declared, and the act that prompted the declaration please.

      Please be specific.

    • Rick

      Problem with the “saved or created” is that it’s based on a money amount of government money spent. IE The government spends $90K (the last time I checked) and 1 job is either created or saved, using that argument the government just needs to spend more money. Maybe this works to a point, but I highly doubt that spending trillions of dollars would make any changes to unemployment.

    • hard rains

      Are you sayin’ a Joker is going to take over? (which one I wonder) One who will once again lead us back to the ‘the promised land of crash and burn”?

  • Matt

    I don’t understand why people are defending the terrorists errrr teaparty. after the crap they pulled in the house. They rather make Obama look bad than fix the country. We also don’t need a racist, anti-gay, tell others how to live, president like Bachmann, sounds like Big Government to me if you tell who and who cannot get married.

    • Kyle

      Obama wants to tell me what to buy (insurance). To pay more so others can do less. And keeps talking about the middle class needing support, and I haven’t had any relief.

      • Matt

        You know why he wants everyone to get insurance? Its because people without insurance skip out on their hospital bills and we are forced to pay it as a whole. You haven’t had any relief yet, because the house which is GOP controlled won’t give you any.

  • garage illogic

    With Perry saying he doesn’t believe in global warming, no brushing required.

  • Guy

    Obama wants to tie GOPers to the Tea Party. OK.
    Maybe we shoud tie Obama to AL QUIDA terrorists.
    Oh – wait – HE already did THAT; too – by supporting
    AL QUIDA terrorists in LIbya.

    Obama : Typical terrorist – still tyring to destroy the US

    • hard rains

      Duh…where you been? Other than in the land of the misinformed

      • Matt

        he isn’t misinformed, he is republican making up facts as he goes.

        • hard rains

          good point!…lol

  • Sinclair

    turn out the lights, the obama party is over…….spin it till you fall over but no one buys it anymore.

  • Give me liberty

    At some point the current administration needs to stop blaming others and actually get something done.

    But the liberal media will not hold their feet to the fire. They only help in the blame game.

    If this president gets re-elected based on platform of its not my fault, then we are doomed.

    By the way liberals, the Conservatives DO NOT CARE who you think is worthy of running against this abysmal failure. Go ahead and keep painting the Tea Party movement as extreme and short lived but you’ll find out in 2012 the majority of the nation just want the government to be held to the same standards as everyone else.

    • Citizen

      Very well said

    • Matt

      don’t worry we won’t allow the country to be taken over by teaparty terrorists. You attack him because of his race, his views on gays. All the Teaparty wants to do is limit the rights of Americans and give tax breaks to their rich supporters. The Teaparty is all about Big government however they are running it off the backs of the poor and the middle class who are less able to afford it. I see Tax Deathpanels in the future, if you are unable to pay your taxes because you are too poor they’ll just put you to down. (Its cheaper that way)

      • Naomi

        Where do you get your info and views from the Shanghi Post? You have no idea what the tea party is about. Big government, Race, Sexuality, tax breaks for the rich? They are about fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, smaller government. Why anyone would be against this is beyond me.

        • meow

          Naomi, BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE ISSUES THAN JUST THOSE … look around, AMERICA IS MORE DIVERSE THAN EVER … you can’t expect to win an election pandering to middle aged, over weight, angry white folks who cling to their outdated Bible… but want fiscal responsibility and smaller government. It’s clearly OVER for the Republicans in this new age of DIVERSITY. The minorities have caught up to the old idea of American’s being a mostly white race.

          • dan

            Wow meow,

            How misinformed are you? The Tea party clings to the constitution, I suppose you think thats outdated too?
            Diversity? Are you assuming all minorities are dumb enough to vote for Mr hope and change when he has done nothing for the poor during his adminstration?

            • here kitty kitty

              Dan, I’m just guessing but something tells me Meow doesn’t know a thing about the constitution. I bet meow knows where to get the free food, housing, medical etc.

              • dan

                Meow must have learned at North High if you use all CAPS everyone will believe you!

            • Todd

              The Constitution according to who? Bachmann? The Tea Party picks which parts they like and ignore the parts they don’t. I don’t think they have any idea what the consitition says at all actually.

              • dan

                So Todd,

                Please inform all of us as to which parts of the constitution the Tea Party doesnt follow?

                • Todd

                  I don’t know, ask your God. That’s who Michelle gets her advice from, first hand so she says.

                  BTW, totally off the subject, when are single people with no children, who cost the state absolutely nothing, going to get their tax breaks?

      • Is there a brain running for pres?

        I’m sure the Koch brothers already have it in the works. BTW, the Koch brothers finance the Tea Party. Hardly the average man or woman. The are stoned on money and power and the little Tea Party people just fall into line with them. They are using you Tea Partiers, wake up.

  • Big Man

    Geez these republicans today have been so brainwashed…

    The only people who don’t get it are themselves…

    America will not be taken over by the Tea-Party Terrorists!

    • Cindy

      that makes no sense at all. You better get back to your soaps.

    • Carl

      So instead you suggest we continue to borrow .40 cents of every dollar we spend?

  • Todd

    If you pay $7000 you:

    a) Live in a very wealthy neighborhood, i.e. your rich
    b) You have a very expensive house, i.e. your rich

    You probably far surpass the middle class ($45-$65k per year) and can afford a few more taxes.

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